MGM executive reportedly pursuing NBA team for Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS (KVVU/CNN) -- 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's MGM Resorts is a partner in T-Mobile Arena, which opened this past April. The arena will also house a new NHL franchise that is set to begin play in fall 2017.

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.

This is not the first time Las Vegas entered the conversation for the NBA. In 2015, the Milwaukee Bucks, in the midst of their own arena conflict with Wisconsin, tossed out Las Vegas as a potential landing spot for relocation. Lawmakers there were able to approve funding to build an arena for the team.



 
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