The Fox Sports Big Four: The New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks will form a six-team league, Fox Sports’ Pat Forde reported on Tuesday.
The new league will be named the NBA All-Star Game, Fox reported.
The Big Four will be joined by the Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans, who will join the league’s newly announced All-NBA team.
The league will consist of 20 teams and will feature an additional 15 teams for a total of 30.
The top 10 teams in the NBA will be eligible for the next NBA All Age Draft.
The All-Stars will be selected by the NBA’s Commissioner and voted on by the players, Forde said.
The NBA’s new league structure will allow teams to enter into a collective bargaining agreement with one another.
The New Jersey Nets, who play in the New York City area, are currently in talks with the NBA about the possibility of joining the league, Fordes report said.
“The NBA’s decision to include the Big Four in its new collective bargaining structure is not an endorsement of the NBA.
Rather, it’s an acknowledgement that they are at the forefront of the league as the most successful team in history,” Fox Sports Chief Operating Officer Brett Gurewitz said in a statement.
“The NBA is committed to creating a truly inclusive environment and ensuring the most inclusive environment in the league.”