In a shift in strategy on international expansion, commissioner David Stern said the NBA might place a developmental league overseas within five years.
"We might be the first league that decides to have a minor league that will move lock, stock and barrel to another continent for another season," Stern said Saturday during the final day of league meetings. "An NBA developmental league, once it exists, has enormous potential for international play."
Stern said such a venture would be modeled after the WNBA -- with the league owning all franchises, setting salary levels and centralizing business operations.
The biggest impediment, Stern said, is the lack of state-of-the-art arenas outside North America.