When Seattle lost their beloved SuperSonics, it was a crushing blow for one of the most supportive fan bases in the NBA. Things shockingly got worse however when fans were teased with the thought of gaining a ‘replacement’ after the Sacramento Kings were sold to a Seattle investment group.
That of course didn’t go so well as the NBA blocked the relocation of the Sacramento Kings, but fans are still holing out hope that NBA basketball will return to the greater Northwest.
Rumors have swirled for months that when the NBA completes their new television contract, Seattle may be on the table for an expansion team. The idea only grew after J. Bruce Miller, a said to be close friend of former NBA commissioner David Stern and a long-time proponent of reviving the Kentucky Colonels suggested that the NBA is possibly exploring expansion to Seattle and possibly Louisville.
As I’ve repeatedly said, once the League gets control of the Sterling situation either by Sterling losing and the sale carrying forth OR by Sterling winning and the League (itself) moving forward as per Silver “…with our own proceedings.” — then the time will come to focus on the television rights negotiation which will also involve the potential expansion to Seattle and another city (most likely to be Louisville).
Current NBA commissioner Adam Silver has yet to comment on such though has previously hinted that he would like the league to return to Seattle, though stated nothing would happen on that front until the new television contract was signed.
For now it appears to be nothing but another rumor, though this one does seem to have some significant backing behind it.