The city of Seattle got their hopes up last year when it looked like the Sacramento Kings could move there, finally replacing the Seattle Supersonics, who moved to Oklahoma City to become the Thunder.
In what was great news for the city of Sacramento and unfortunate news for the city of Seattle, the Kings won’t be moving.
In even worse news for Seattle, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says the league has no plans to expand right now despite Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban telling the public the league could expand.
“Seattle is a wonderful market. It would be very additive to the league to have a team there,” Silver told ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. “But we’re not planning on expanding right now, so it’s not a function of price.”
Silver did not rule anything out and thinks the league could certainly handle more times. He also said that the Kings remaining in Sacramento had nothing to do with Seattle.
“[The Kings decision] should not have been received as a no to Seattle,” Silver said. “There’s no doubt if we were prepared to expand to Seattle right now, we’d get an enormous price for the franchise.”