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Former Mavericks star Mark Aguirre will head new pro basketball league

Former Dallas Mavericks great Mark Aguirre is the new president of basketball for the inaugural Champions Basketball League.
Former Dallas Mavericks great Mark Aguirre is the new president of basketball for the inaugural Champions Basketball League. Getty Images

There’s a new professional basketball league coming to a city near you.

The Champions Basketball League, featuring former NBA players, is a 16-team summer basketball league coming in 2017 that is built for the fans.

And it has a Dallas-Fort Worth hook.

Former Dallas Mavericks All-Star and NBA great Mark Aguirre is the president of basketball for the new league.

Aguirre played 13 years in the NBA with the Mavericks, Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Clippers.

He was a three-time All-Star while with the Mavericks, where he played from 1981-89 after being taken No. 1 overall by Dallas in the 1981 NBA Draft. He won two NBA titles with the Pistons.

One of the new teams, the Gotham Ballers, was introduced at a news conference in New York on Tuesday. Some of the players on the Ballers roster include Kenyon Martin, Shawn Marion and Daniel Gibson.

Marion played five of his 18 NBA seasons with the Mavericks. Gibson is a former Texas Longhorns standout who played eight seasons in Cleveland. Martin attended Dallas Bryan Adams High School and played 15 seasons in the NBA.

The next team to be announced will be in Boston. There are plans for teams in Dallas and Houston.

The league also has an agreement with ESPN to deliver live games and events on ESPN3.

The league will host year-round charity events, camps and community-based programs in all 50 states. Tickets will be $25 and includes a meet & greet and a pre-game youth shootaround with the players.

“We’re thrilled to announce this powerful team lineup - these great talents, players straight out the NBA are passionate about the game and have ties to the region,” Aguirre said at the introductory news conference. “Ultimately we are creating highly competitive play and connecting fans to these exciting games and athletes they love. We want everyone to have fun and interact with their favorite players and sports heroes in our exhibition games, and there’s even more excitement as we hit the hardwood next summer in 16 markets across the U.S.”

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