Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver could be getting an NBA affiliated franchise sooner rather than later. Yesterday, it was reported by Adam Forsythe of Sportsnet650 / NEWS 1130, that “there is a VERY strong chance the Portland Trail Blazers are bringing a G-League team to Vancouver”. He added that the team would play out of the Langley Events Centre.
With the Vancouver Grizzlies relocating in 2001 and the Seattle Supersonics relocating in 2008, the Pacific Northwest has been waiting for basketball to return to the region for a decade now. For Vancouverites, a road-trip down to Portland is about six hours which has allowed a solid Trail Blazers fanbase to be established here. Coupled with the teams all-star backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, the team’s success in the past few years (3rd place in the Western Conference last season) has only seen the local fan base grow. The Portland Trail Blazers are schedule to play an exhibition game in Vancouver against the Toronto Raptors on September 29th, 2018.
The NBA G League (formerly the D-League), is the official minor league of the NBA offering players a chance to develop their game. Originally starting with just eight teams, the G League now consists of 26 teams each affiliated with their own NBA team, with the 27th expansion coming next season. The only teams without a G League affiliate are the Denver Nuggets, New Orleans Pelicans and Portland Trailblazers