The Seattle Super Sonics could be making a return to the NBA very soon as the Sacramento Kings could be relocating there very soon. Who is the real winners here? It’s hard to say. Sacramento might be better off getting rid of the NBA’s worst franchise and arena.
But, then again, losing a pro sports franchise is always a bad thing. Just ask Seattle, who has watched their old team become one of the NBA’s best teams with one of their best young duos. When they were the Sonics, they were a perennial loser. The city, fan base government leaders, etc. apparently were willing to watch them walk. They now regret that decision. So now they are willing to take a dog of a franchise to replace the contender they should have right now.
Now, there are surely other cities, some who once had NBA franchises and some who may never have had one, who see what has happened in Oklahoma City and maybe think their city could be next. What cities might these be?
How about Louisville, Kentucky? Louisville was once the home of the Kentucky Colonels of the ABA. The Colonels were a fairly successful franchise as far as ABA teams go. But there was a lot of politics involved in which teams were brought into the NBA when the two leagues merged, and they did not always mean the most successful ones made it.
But college basketball is king in Kentucky. Many residents of the state have absolutely no desire for the NBA. It is a basketball crazed area, but would pro basketball make it there? That is questionable. But, the Pacers have done well in equally college basketball-mad Indiana.
Las Vegas might be a great possibility. But then there is the gambling element/sports thing going on. Could this be a problem? It seems to be as Vegas still has no pro sports franchises in a thriving city.
Kansas City is the former home of the Kings and has not had a team since the early 1980s. Could they be ready to give it another go? That is a city starved for a winner and if they could get one in the NBA, they could rule that town.
Nashville? A Nashville-Memphis rivalry could be an interesting one. They have the NFL and NHL there. They could use the same arena as the hockey team.
the problem is to get a team, they will likely need to lure away and existing team since the NBA has been talking about contracting in recent years instead of expanding. So we can rule out teams such as the Orlando Magic, Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks, Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and Utah Jazz who have fairly new to almost brand new arenas. So you’d have to target teams such as the New Orleans Pelicans, Memphis Grizzlies, Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers, Milwaukee Bucks or Detroit Pistons.
How many of those cities are going to let their teams leave? Maybe New Orleans? Memphis maybe? Other than those, I can’t see too many. Portland and Utah are not letting those teams leave town. They are the only teams in those cities. Like Orlando, those cities will give the teams whatever they want to stay, including building them a new arena.
So other than the Kings move to Seattle, I don’t see any more cities getting a team in the near future.