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Adam Silver: Seattle On ‘Short List’ Of Cities To Get An Expansion Team
It’s been almost ten years since the fans in Seattle have been able to cheer for a basketball team that they can call their own. That all might change very soon, according to Adam Silver.
Last week, Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard C.J. McCollum interviewed the NBA commissioner for Players’ Tribune and he stated that the NBA is seriously thinking about adding another expansion franchise, but wasn’t sure exactly when.
“I think it’s just a question of when the right time is to seriously start thinking about expansion,” said Silver.
“I don’t want to put a precise timeline on it, but it’s inevitable at some point that we’ll start looking at the growth of franchises. That’s always been the case in this league, and Seattle will no doubt be on a short list of cities we’ll look at,” he added.
After failing to reach an agreement with the city of Seattle over a publicly funded $220 million expansion of KeyArena, the Supersonics were sold and headed down to Oklahoma City in 2008.
Former players such as Gary Payton and Ray Allen have publicly stated that the city deserves an NBA team.
“I still can’t believe that there is no basketball in Seattle,” he wrote in a post on Instagram. “This city is too great not to have a hoops squad. Come on everybody we need to rally and bring the NBA back to Seattle.”