LAS VEGAS – The prospects for a Las Vegas NBA team are looking a little brighter.

NBA Commissioner David Stern softened his stance about a Sin City team, noting at a news conference Thursday, that “gambling is a very legal business regulated carefully in Nevada,” and Las Vegas is a place “we should embrace.”

The gaming city’s cause could be helped by MGM Resorts’ plan to build an arena on the Strip. That project is expected to be completed in 2016.

Stern will be retiring February 1, 2014. He will be replaced by Adam Silver, the league’s deputy commissioner. Silver says there are no plans to expand beyond the current 30 clubs.

But Silver will be keeping an eye on the MGM project along with potential ownership groups for Las Vegas, should the league decide at some point to expand.


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