Adam Silver said he considers the Las Vegas area part of the league due to the Summer League that has occurred annually there since 2004.
The NHL and NFL have since entered the Las Vegas market.
“It was never for us about being first,” Silver said during the event in a video posted to Sports Business Journal’s verified Twitter account. “In the old days we were one of the leagues that welcomed engagement in Las Vegas. Put aside the gambling aspect … we always thought it was a good market.”
Silver said the NBA is not at the point of expansion, but said Las Vegas will be in contention to land a franchise when that time comes.
“It’s on a list at the point that we do turn to expansion, which isn’t right now, but at some point, no doubt Vegas will be on the list.”