Report: David Stern determined to get an NBA team back in Seattle
According to a report by Adrian Wojnarowskiof Y!, David Stern is determined to bring an NBA team back to Seattle before he retires in 2014.
According to Wojnarowski:
“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.”
The team infamously left Seattle in 2008, only to soon become a title contender in Oklahoma City a few years later. The now could be Sonics made it to the NBA Finals last year, only to lose out to the Miami Heat. The Sacramento Kings don’t have names that jump out at you like Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook or James Harden, but any NBA team in Seattle is a jump in the right direction.