Shaquille O’Neal and LeBron could become competitors for the NBA franchise in Las Vegas

The NBA has not yet decided on the possible creation of a franchise in Las Vegas, however the list of interested parties is increasing.

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This is because, after LeBron expressed his desire to have a team in the city, it was Shaquille O’Neal’s turn to publicly express his desire to own a team. And without partners.

“I know Vegas hasn’t won an NBA team yet, but if they get to a point where they win a team, I’d like to be a part of that,” Shaq told ‘The Messenger Sports’.

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Namely, LeBron James expressed his interest about a year ago. Last Monday (9), after a Lakers game in Las Vegas, he was asked again about the idea and reinforced his desire to have a franchise in the city.

“It makes sense. I think adding an NBA franchise to Las Vegas will simply contribute to the city’s current momentum. We have the (NFL) Raiders here, the All-Star Game has been here a few times. We have Formula 1 coming up soon. I think it’s a matter of time, and I hope to be part of that time,” said LeBron.

It’s worth remembering that the NBA has been planning expansion until the end of the 2020s for some time. Two cities are favorites to welcome new teams: Las Vegas and Seattle. In July, league commissioner Adam Silver confirmed that talks on the matter would take place soon.

“We will talk about expansion after the new broadcast rights agreements are concluded. It’s not a sure thing, as I’ve said before, but I think it’s natural for organizations to grow over time,” Silver clarified.

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