Aug 6, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Aerial view of the Space Needle and the downtown Seattle skyline. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Why Los Angeles Clippers will not relocate to Seattle

Fans in Seattle thought their dream about bringing back NBA basketball to the greater northwest was set to be accomplished after the Maloof family sold the Sacramento Kings to a local investment group.

That sale of course was denied by the NBA, leaving basketball fans in Seattle wanting more.

Expansion is something that could eventually be on the table, but commissioner Adam Silver has hinted such won’t come for a while leaving few opportunities for NBA basketball in Seattle. There was belief that the Milwaukee Bucks could be moved, but a local group with intentions to keep the team in Milwaukee emerged.

Now recent suggestions have attributed the Clippers as a potential target, but that simply is not going to happen.

Even split with the Los Angeles Lakers, the Southern California market is about as big as they come and the Clippers have continually sold out the Staples Center. Even with the horrific franchise record prior to the team’s recent success, the Los Angeles market is as prime as it gets. Simply put, no team is leaving the Los Angeles area for any destination.

Unfortunately, it appears as if the best case scenario for basketball in the Emerald City will come via expansion, whenever that does become available.

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