It seems only a matter of time before the NBA returns to Seattle, where it happily existed from 1967 until 2008. But here’s some news I wasn’t expecting: That return could come in the form of the relocation of the Phoenix Suns.
Suns owner Robert Sarver is currently in battle with the city over the state of the arena. Sarver wants Phoenix to fund a $150 million upgrade, but the city council isn’t sold. And to try and force the issue, Sarver is reportedly threatening to move the team to Seattle or Las Vegas if he doesn’t get his way.
Any move involving the NBA in Seattle is relevant to the the Golden State Warriors, given that the employ Kevin Durant, who was a rookie for the SuperSonics in the franchise’s final year. Durant has been vocal about being bummed that the team moved, and has expressed a strong desire for the league to return to the excellent basketball city, which is home to the defending WNBA champion Storm.
It seems possible that if the NBA headed home to Seattle while Durant is still playing, that he would want to bookmark his career with a year or two there. It would be fairly poetic, after all.
Still, this isn’t the way it should happen. Phoenix is a very good market, and them losing a team would be bad for the NBA. Not to mention, if and when relocation happens, it shouldn’t be this way.
Hopefully the NBA is back in Seattle sooner rather than later. But hopefully the Suns stay put, and maybe find a more reasonable owner.