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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 7:35 pm    Post subject: NBA to Las Vegas?

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Speaking at a company analyst and investor day event Thursday, MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren said he expects the NBA to come to Las Vegas in a few years.

Murren sees an NBA team relocating like the NFL’s Oakland Raiders' pending 2020 move to Las Vegas, and not an expansion team being added, like in the case of the NHL’s Golden Knights.

“I think it’s highly likely that a team, or multiple teams, will be looking to move over the next three years,” Murren said. “We know who they are, that’s why I think it’s highly likely. I would expect that Las Vegas will have an NBA team within the next five years, if not sooner. That team would likely play at T-Mobile (Arena).”


https://lasvegassun.com/news/2018/may/11/murren-expects-las-vegas-to-have-nba-team-within-f/

Assuming that this guy isn't just blowing smoke, I wonder what teams would be looking to move at this point in time? I think the Kings are off the table, though I haven't been following that drama. The Bucks are about to finish a new arena. The Hawks are renovating their arena.
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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 10:32 pm    Post subject:

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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 12:00 am    Post subject:

he's been after a team for a couple of years now...

https://www.reviewjournal.com/sports/basketball/mgm-ceo-jim-murren-pursuing-nba-team-for-las-vegas-t-mobile-arena/

MGM CEO Jim Murren pursuing NBA team for Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena
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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 8:19 am    Post subject:

Pleeeeeeeeaaaassssssseeeee take the Clippers!
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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 8:40 am    Post subject:

22 wrote:
Pleeeeeeeeaaaassssssseeeee take the Clippers!
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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 8:52 am    Post subject:

Ballmer did not spend $2B for a team in Las Vegas.
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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 3:56 pm    Post subject:

If there's a team out there that might relocate, think it'll be the Grizzlies.
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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 4:08 pm    Post subject:

Vegas mostly has Laker fans and Kings fans, Clippers are better off going to a small place like Fresno were people might fall in love with them.
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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 5:29 pm    Post subject:

K2 wrote:
If there's a team out there that might relocate, think it'll be the Grizzlies.


that would be my first guess.....next maybe the Pelicans? Maybe a Seattle/Vegas expansion?
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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 9:11 pm    Post subject:

Aeneas Hunter wrote:
Ballmer did not spend $2B for a team in Las Vegas.


Yea but I don’t think he realized that he paid 2 billion dollars on a team that gets absolutely 0 respect
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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 11:08 pm    Post subject:

The Golden Knights are a big deal in Vegas because they are the first pro sports team in the city that isn’t a minor league team. And they are vastly exceeding expectations so much that it’s shocking. And the team has an exciting style of play.

Not sure how the Clippers would be received. As someone said there are a decent number of Laker fans in the city, and those people are more likely to dislike the Clippers. With the hockey team there was no history so it’s harder to dislike an expansion team IMO.

The Golden Knights are in the conference finals. The Clippers never make the conference finals.
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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 11:53 pm    Post subject:

It’s probably just another arrogant thing to come out of the mouth of Jim Murren. An NBA team in Vegas won’t be as big of a deal with the Knights and Raiders in town. And wouldn’t Ballmer prefer Seattle to Vegas?
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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 1:56 am    Post subject:

pls no I like being able to use dean martin dr.
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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 8:45 am    Post subject:

Inspector Gadget wrote:
Vegas mostly has Laker fans and Kings fans, Clippers are better off going to a small place like Fresno were people might fall in love with them.


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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 9:22 am    Post subject:

NHL got the ball rolling. NFL followed. Wouldn't be surprised if theres eventually an NBA team there as well.
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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 9:24 am    Post subject:

Inspector Gadget wrote:
Vegas mostly has Laker fans and Kings fans, Clippers are better off going to a small place like Fresno were people might fall in love with them.


Vegas was the same sports territory as the socal teams. With Vegas getting their own sports teams now they will probably carve out their own identity.
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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 11:40 am    Post subject:

lakersken80 wrote:
NHL got the ball rolling. NFL followed. Wouldn't be surprised if theres eventually an NBA team there as well.


I would guess that it would be easy to recruit FAs to come play in Las Vegas.
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 12:20 pm    Post subject:

Inspector Gadget wrote:
Vegas mostly has Laker fans and Kings fans, Clippers are better off going to a small place like Fresno were people might fall in love with them.


I don't think they will leave a huge market where they sell out every game. That would be nuts.
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