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Markkanen hit the go-ahead three in overtime, and Mobley scored the game-winning bucket to lead the Cavs to a 119-116 win over the Nuggets on Friday night. Markkanen finished with 31 points and 10 rebounds while Mobley had 27 points and 11 boards.It was a season-high in points for Markkanen, and was Mobley's 19th double-double on the year. That leads all rookies.With just over 30 seconds left in overtime and the game tied 114-114, Darius Garland drove to the lane and put up a layup. He missed, but got his own rebound and found Markkanen up top wide-open. He pulled up and drained it, sending the home crowd into a frenzy.
The NBA may not be ready to expand just yet, but Las Vegas is going to be prepared.
A new group secured 25 acres of land near the Las Vegas Strip and announced plans on Wednesday for a new sports and entertainment district complete with an “NBA-ready” 20,000-seat arena.
“The arena will be world class,” Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiweke said on CNBC. “We’re prepared to spend about a billion dollars on building the new arena. It will be for music, it’ll be for sports, it’ll be for cultural activities. Should the NBA decide to come — and by the way there’s no certainty or no guarantees that the NBA is ever coming to Vegas, but should they come — we will certainly be NBA-ready and make sure that we hit all of their standards.”
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Washington Wizards big man Kristaps Porzingis spent the first four years of his career as a member of the New York Knicks. Many at the time viewed him as a potential franchise savior. © Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports Kristaps Porzingis has good memories from playing with the Knicks. Unfortunately, injuries hobbled Porzingis, ultimately limiting his playing time and eventually souring his relationship with the Knicks. He would soon be dealt to the Dallas Mavericks, with whom he spent three years before then getting traded to the Washington Wizards this season.
The group is planning to break ground on the project next year. It will be located about 10 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip and will include a hotel, casino, theater and more.
Though there are plenty of other venues and arenas in Las Vegas — including T-Mobile Arena, where the WNBA’s Aces and the NHL’s Golden Knights play right on the Strip — this new venue would be incredibly appealing should the NBA ever move to the city.
Will the NBA move to Las Vegas?
Nothing has been decided, and the NBA isn’t currently — at least publicly — talking about expansion.
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When that time comes, though, Las Vegas is sure to be at the top of the list.
The NFL, WNBA and NHL have all expanded or had a franchise relocate to the city in recent years and found great success almost immediately. The Oakland A’s are in talks to move to Las Vegas, too, should their plans for a new stadium in the Bay Area fall through.
The NBA last expanded in 2002 with the Charlotte Bobcats. The last team to relocate was the Seattle SuperSonics, who moved to Oklahoma City in 2008.
Based on the NBA’s current landscape, it’s not likely that a team is going to relocate anytime soon. So that leaves expansion, something commissioner Adam Silver has addressed repeatedly but hasn’t committed to.
When the time comes, he said in October, Las Vegas will “no doubt” be on the list of expansion cities. It won’t be alone, though. Seattle has had strong calls to get the NBA back in the city, and recently opened the new Climate Pledge Arena, which hosts the WNBA’s Storm and the NHL’s Kraken. There are also various other possibilities for expansion, including Kansas City, Vancouver, Mexico City and more.
With the new arena and entertainment district coming soon, however, it’s hard to imagine Las Vegas not being at the top of the list come expansion time. © Provided by Yahoo! Sports The Oak View Group acquired land near the Las Vegas Strip and said it will build an "NBA-ready" arena there. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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