And though for years that talk has led to little progress, the National Basketball Association now seems serious about bringing is product to Mexico.
The NBA is considering putting a G League team in Mexico, a potential way to gauge the feasibility of an NBA franchise there.
Paul George will miss his first game as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder when they face the Brooklyn Nets in Mexico City on Thursday night. National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver said the league is "actively engaged in discussions" to make a Mexico City franchise a reality, per The Times.
He adds that the league is also looking to expand the G-League to 30 teams with a G-League team associated with each National Basketball Association team as a direct minor league, but a potential Mexico City team would likely be "owned and operated separate from the National Basketball Association". Last January, the Phoenix Suns played "host" in Mexico, facing the Mavericks and Spurs.
Silver says a G League team would essentially be a 31st team in the league, with the National Basketball Association hoping to soon have all 30 of its clubs owning and operating their own minor league affiliate.
Silver added that the league was exploring the cost involved in a Mexican G League franchise.
The National Basketball Association intends to put an N.B.A. G League franchise here in the Mexican capital, according to three people familiar with the league's plans. The two most likely expansion locations are Seattle and Mexico City, and a G-League franchise could serve as a test run before adding an National Basketball Association team.