Here’s something both Sacramento and Seattle fans can agree on – expansion.
Recently, we’ve heard from NBA Commissioner David Stern that expansion isn’t really an option – that NBA owners don’t want it right now. Few of those owners have publicly commented on expansion, though in the past year, Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss held no punches in an interview with Slam Magazine – it’s not happening, so she said. But, a year’s time and overinflated prices for NBA franchises can change things and apparently, the thought of expansion in the NBA owner circle is gaining some momentum.
According to Michael McCann, Sports Illustrated’s legal analyst, some NBA owners are becoming more open to the idea of expansion, which just happens to coincide perfectly with both Seattle and Sacramento scheduled to meet in New York with NBA rep’s on April 3rd:
Hearing expansion is getting a little more support among some NBA owners. No direct knowledge of that yet, though
There’s been little reason for Stern or any owner to publicly state that expansion is an option as it would only bring down the value of the Kings’ potential sale, but with both sides now overly funded and two state of the art arenas in the wings, it appears the stance might be softening a touch that expansion isn’t a possibility as previously thought.
It’s still a long shot, no doubt, but in this instance – two communities who have decades worth of elite level fan support, two massive ownership groups and two cities who’ve all but approved new arenas – there wouldn’t ever be a better scenario where expansion would work. It’s unlikely, yes, but at this point if you’re the NBA, how do you not explore it given what has come from Sacramento and Seattle in the past few weeks/months?