The NBA’s Board of Governors has been meeting in New York this week, making a few changes to the league – most notably going back to the 2-2-1-1-1 format for the NBA Finals. One such topic that was reportedly not discussed at the BoG meetings was the return of NBA basketball to Seattle.
Earlier this year, investor Chris Hansen along with Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer put their money where their mouth was and purchased the Sacramento Kings from the Maloof family with intentions to move the team to Seattle. Of course, the cart was put before the horse as the NBA still needed to approve relocation for the Kings franchise, something that NBA Commissioner David Stern and Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver weren’t overly fond of. That led to the relocation being voted down and Vivek Ranadive to purchase a majority stake in the Kings, keeping them in Sacramento.
There was hope that there would be talk about basketball returning to Seattle at the recent BoG meetings but according to Chris Daniels, that was not the case:
In case you were wondering, David Stern, nor Adam Silver, mentioned the word
#Seattle during today’s BOG meeting…
The NBA simply has no room for expansion in its current situation, though, with a new television deal in the works in the next few years, that could change. That’s not to say Seattle will be on the list for expansion, if the idea is brought up, but the door is far from completely shut despite no movement at the current moment.