Nets will host Thunder, Heat in Mexico City

The Nets will get not one, but two chances to play basketball south of the border.

Mexico City will host two NBA games this regular season, with the Nets facing reigning MVP Russell Westbrook and the Thunder on Dec. 7 and then battling the Heat on Dec. 9, the league announced Wednesday.

Irving and Wall have been two of the best guards in the NBA since Wall was taken No. 1 overall in 2010 and Irving was taken No. 1 overall in 2011. Both have signed max extensions with their teams as Irving is locked up for the next two years and Wall just signed his four-year, $170 million deal in recent weeks.

Wall said there was never any doubt he’d stay in Washington.

This is the only team I want to be with, he said (via USA Today). Everybody was panicking and wondering why I didn’t sign my extension. Y’all didn’t have to worry. This is the city I love being in and love playing here.

The four-time NBA All-Star averaged 23.1 points and 10.7 assists while taking the Wizards to the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2017. He and his Wizards were one game away from facing Irving and LeBron James in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Krawczynski said new Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler has been talking to Irving, and ESPN’s Brian Windhorst also reported Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns have been active in recruiting Irving. Butler and Irving became close friends during their time together with Team USA in 2016, so there’s an obvious connection in Minnesota.

Irving would serve as the primary ball handler on a young, talented team with Ricky Rubio out of the picture after being traded to the Jazz. Rubio’s departure is also a cause for alarm, though, as he was a terrific pass-first point guard. Irving has yet to prove he is capable of creating for others at that level.

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