With the NBA G League now truly working as a minor league system for their NBA affiliates, there’s a middle ground between semi-pro (ABC) leagues and the overseas leagues, that usually allow only two American players per team, that needs to be addressed here in the States.
Think of Double-A baseball. Now, imagine there is an infrastructure of basketball teams and a league that provides this type of base for the G League, and NBA itself, in cities that have successfully hosted teams in the past. Whether those teams have been a part of the former D-League, the current or former ABA or the now-defunct CBA, there’s a market for mid-level hoops in America. That’s the thought process of league management.