Sources: NBA Expansion Looming With Two New Franchises
But of course, it wouldn't be Seattle without any struggles or shortsighted politicians involved.
League sources say Silver has said privately that Seattle is a lock for one of the spots, unless the city itself can’t sort its arena issues. Silver has been frustrated by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s ducking of his calls and meeting requests.
A source divulged that Adam Silver and the league have attempted to contact the city of Seattle on multiple occasions with no call backs. The league has wanted to help push their arena efforts forward, but the city has seemingly not appeared fully invested. In the one face-to-face meeting that Seattle Mayor Ed Murray had with Adam Silver (two years ago), he was surprisingly unprepared for the basic questions that the league had asked him to prepare for and was more interested in talking about the NHL. Until recently, the city has appeared apprehensive to the league’s approaches.
The great news:
- it seems like Silver and the league really want Seattle to be back again
The bad news:
- like always, the politicians of Seattle
Reading all this stuff it wouldn't shock me to here that Murray's actually in bed with the Port of Seattle, and those other players against the SoDo project, and only wants to kill off Hansen's arena project, so they can get their hands on that land and develop it the way they want.
I mean, I wouldn't put it past them to fu** it up once again and just use that KeyArena stuff(which we're studying yet again ) to play the delay game to once and for all kill off Hansen's arena project.
Of course, also while screwing up the Sonics fans again and have us watch two other cities being given NBA teams, while we're still debating KeyArena...
Anyways, let's hope there's any truth to the league expanding and being as interested as this article makes it sound to get us a team again.