Could an NBA team be returning to Seattle soon?

Updated: September 13, 2017
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Seattle fans have been screaming for another NBA team for years now. With news that there could be a new arena built in the city, we may be one step closer to making that happen.

The city of Seattle and the Oak View Group (Los Angeles) have agreed to a $600 million renovation of KeyArena and construction. This process could begin as early as 2018. The city council is expected to vote on the renovation by the end of this year.

“The completion of the MOU provides a level of certainty that Seattle has never had before, and OVG, the City Council, elected officials and the residents of Seattle, must now turn our attention to the NHL and NBA and make it undeniably clear that we are more than ready for them to come to Seattle,” OVG co-founder and CEO Tim Leiweke said in a statement.”

In addition to the $600 million renovations of KeyArena, Oak View Group (OVG) would also commit approximately $40 million to improve traffic, transportation and parking around Seattle Center and another $20 million for a community fund.

If the NBA were to expand, this puts Seattle as a favorite to land a team. But an NBA spokesman told Seattle television King5:

“The NBA is not involved in the ongoing Seattle arena process, and we have no plans to expand at this time.”

KeyArena was home to the Seattle SuperSonics before Clay Bennett’s investment group bought the team from Howard Schultz in 2006 and moved to Oklahoma City in 2008.

Before drawing too many conclusions, this is not to say there will be an NBA team in Seattle. There have already been multiple rumors circulating that the arena could be renovated for an NHL team as well. It’s up for debate who is in a better position to add an expansion team. It’s just the reality that it’ll be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

At this point, it’s more wishful thinking than anything else. But I assure you, this is a step in the right direction. So many great basketball players graced the city of Seattle, including Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, Ray Allen and Kevin Durant.

The NBA needs a team in Seattle once again, something the city has lacked for the past nine years.

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