Friday, October 26th, 2012 at 10:30 am  |  10 responses

David Stern Reportedly Determined to Bring an NBA Team Back to Seattle

As NBA Commissioner David Stern prepares to step down from his perch atop the League, one of his big final initiatives, is to reportedly steward the return of NBA basketball to Seattle. According to Yahoo! Sports: “Between now and his departure, Stern is determined to get a franchise back into Seattle, league sources said. He has become a strong ally of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s group to bring back the NBA there. Ballmer’s group has been trying to get the Maloof family to sell the Sacramento Kings, so that the franchise can eventually play in a new arena in Seattle. From the league office, pressure on the Maloofs to sell has been growing, sources said – just as hopes for a new Sacramento arena have been fading. Seattle Sonics fans will never forgive Stern for his complicit role in Clay Bennett’s deception to move that franchise to Oklahoma City, but make no mistake: Stern desperately wants to return the NBA to one of its great markets and wants it for his own measure of vindication before he leaves office. As one source involved in the process said, ‘Stern has enough time to get a team back to Seattle, but he’ll let Silver deal with the crowd [booing] on opening night.’”

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  • LakeShow

    Big money, no wammies, STOP!

  • spit hot fiyah

    it would be a nice going away present

  • Drig

    As long as they give the Sonics AND Durant back………….or a #1 pick to help compensate Seattle for taking away their sonics and a frachise player.

  • dedrick_T

    just wait for it… when the sonics do get the kings and it’s draft lottery time.. Seattle will win the no 1 pick.. what “luck”..

  • Brion

    YESSIR!! getting close.

  • VanCityBBall

    Well that would be a hell of a way to go out


    Why don’t they just re-start the Sonics with an expansion draft instead?

  • danpowers

    would thin out the overall talent level of the league. and at some point enough is enough. they should leave the league at 30 teams

  • JackPackage

    DeMarcus Cousins, Thomas Robinson, Isaiah Thomas and a #1 draft pick sounds good enough. Shabazz Muhammad, or Andrew Wiggins/Jabari Parker. Seattle deserves another team but I have to admit, I’ve gotten attached to the pathetic Cavs in the Sonics absence.