One of the running plotlines of the NBA season has been the behind the scenes chatter of the addition of a new expansion team or teams. The new CBA reportedly includes an added interest in expanding the league and bringing in more markets.
BREAKING: Seattle Arena group offers to privately finance arena and fix Lander Street issue in Seattle. via @ChrisDaniels5
— KING 5 News (@KING5Seattle) October 25, 2016
No fan-base or region has been more adamant about their wish for an NBA team than the city of Seattle. And they’ve been very vocal in recent months. Celebrities and athletes have come out in support across the league.
— Michael McCann (@McCannSportsLaw) October 26, 2016
NBA players have spoken wistfully about missing the presence of the Supersonics, who were moved to Oklahoma City by the Thunder’s ownership group almost a decade ago due to slipping attendance and disputes over an arena.
Can we move the Pelicans to Seattle and rename them the SuperSonics?
Would anyone in New Orleans notice/care?
— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) November 10, 2016
But Russell Wilson, the Seahawks’ star QB, has thrown his hat into the ring by joining an ownership group designed to bring a franchise back to the city of Seattle.
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) November 15, 2016
While this will take a while – and inevitably includes many political steps and plenty of red tape – it certainly seems that a return is imminent.
And if you can’t get excited about a return of the Sonics, you just don’t love the NBA.
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