The NBA isn’t talking about expanding anytime soon. At least not publicly. Reports say NBA owners want to wait a couple of years and negotiate for the CBA and a new TV/streaming deal (to boost the franchise’s value) before talking about adding anyone to their club (most likely in 2024). ). probably 2025).
But when they do Paolo Bankero says the NBA should go back to Seattle.
Banchero – born and raised in Seattle before becoming number 1 with the Magic – continued Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson’s “All The Smoke” podcast and spoke about the need to return the team to his hometown (hat tip)
“I think it should happen, I think it should be mandatory. Not only because I’m biased, but also because it would be great to look in the NBA. It’s a great city, the fans there are crazy. If you take a team in Seattle, it will automatically become a top… not a top, but a top fan base. These games would have been sold out immediately.”
Seattle, along with Las Vegas, is seen as the clear leader if/when the NBA expands.
Banchero is right, there were a lot of fans in Seattle. It’s also a larger TV market than the 18 existing NBA markets (including the OKC) and has the money to buy the apartments and expensive private spaces that arenas are generating today. They don’t have a team right now due to lack of commitment from the team owners and the city’s legitimate unwillingness to build/help fund an arena for the billionaire club owners.
Seattle natives like Banchero just need to be patient.
“There may be people who are not in the league office who are talking about how we can expand after the 2024 season. We’re not discussing this right now,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said during the NBA Finals. “Like I said, this league will definitely expand at some point, but we’re not talking about that right now.”
However, this moment will come in a few years.