Two NBA players specifically pointed to the Knights’ success as an indication that Las Vegas would support a basketball team. The Knights made the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season and drew crowds beyond capacity for most games. “Even just from adding an NHL team, they’re doing great things,” reigning NBA MVP James Harden of the Houston Rockets said. “It’s built for it. Obviously, the money is there, but I think the fan support is there as well. We saw that in hockey.”
Blake Griffin of the Detroit Pistons largely echoed Harden’s thoughts, but said relocating a team would be difficult. “The hockey team here did really, really well,” Griffin said. “I don’t know if you consider it a sports town because of everything that’s going on here, but I think people appreciate sports here. I think all sports would do well here. It’s probably something in the future, but I think everybody realizes how much basketball brings to a city, and I don’t know that it would be easy to take a team away from a different city to bring one here.”
Is Las Vegas flirting with adding another major league sports team as a long-term resident? One casino executive on the Strip said he wants it to happen. In an interview set to air on radio station KNPR, MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren said he is actively pursuing bringing an NBA team to Southern Nevada via relocation. Murren, in the same interview, did not comment on which team he is pursuing.
Murren also did not express for sure whether the prospective NBA team would be housed at T-Mobile Arena. In the midst of Murren's hoop dreams, the NFL's Raiders are actively trying to sell the league's team owners to approve relocation to Las Vegas. Earlier this month, Nevada lawmakers approved public funding for the state's share in a $1.9 billion stadium to be built somewhere in Clark County.
December 7, 2021 | 2:59 am EST Update
The Kings are at a crossroads yet again, with a new interim head coach, a relatively new GM, and a lot of players with uncertain futures. GM Monte McNair drafted two guards in consecutive drafts (Mitchell and Tyrese Haliburton) despite having De’Aaron Fox on the payroll, which suggests to executives around the league that Fox will be his main piece for a big move.
Interestingly, after the rumors of Lillard wanting to play with Simmons spread like wildfire online, the Australian guard caught win of the development and showed his interest in it. While the 25-year-old didn’t directly address it, he did “like” a post on Bleacher Report Instagram discussing the news.
Goorjian hopes Simmons finds a new home to help him flourish again and stressed that the Aussie had full support from the Boomers camp moving forward. “I just hope right now he finds a team, finds a place where he’s comfortable and gets on with his career,” he said. “I said to him: ‘We’re here for you. You’ve had some situations at Philly with your teammates, with the coach, with the organisation. You come here; we’ll welcome you with open arms. I think you’re going to love the environment, it’s your call.’”
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Your contract comes to an end at the end of the season. Is your mind set on staying in the NBA or would you consider returning to Europe? Facundo Campazzo: My mind is 100 percent set on this, in the NBA. This league demands the most out of you both physically and mentally. It’s super difficult to think about the future. There will be time for that.
The Nets still have championship aspirations, and the presence of Irving, who averaged 27 points, five rebounds and six assists last season, would certainly help in achieving that goal. They are still paying the seven-time All-Star for the road games he misses due to the team’s decision to not employ him as a part-time player for away contests. “From what I’ve seen, they’re still a good team without Kyrie, but they definitely need him,” former Nets guard Deron Williams recently told Bally Sports. “I hope everything gets figured out. But as far as my thoughts on Kyrie, he’s doing what’s best for him. I respect what he wants to do.”
Irving has not been sitting idly. According to people close to him, the seven-time All-Star has been working out pretty regularly, focusing on cardio, weight training and meditation, and spending time with his immediate family. “This is the happiest that I’ve seen Kyrie in years,” one source said.