4 reasons Seattle gets an NBA team

Seattle SuperSonicsEver since 2008 when Clay Bennett wrongfully took the Seattle Supersonics to Oklahoma City, Seattle has been a city deprived of basketball. If there is any city in America that deserves a NBA team it is Seattle. The NBA needs to grant this city a basketball team it should have never lost. A team being returned to Seattle is looking more optimistic than ever now and here are four reasons why a professional basketball team will return to Washington.

Maloof Family– The Sacramento Kings owners that have no handle on their arena or teams future after what has transpired this week. The Maloofs did agree on a financial plan for a new arena that was also was agreed with Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, but this week the owners have decided to back out on the deal due to the fact that they do not trust Johnson. The Kings future is getting more bleak by the day and with owners that are slowly going bankrupt the Maloofs should be looking to sell. With the deal in Sacramento announced dead by Mayor Kevin Johnson the Kings future looks to be in the hands of another city.

Chris Hansen- If the Maloofs are indeed going to sell, then this Seattle native will be jumping for joy for the chance of owning a franchise. Chris has been in the process of trying to build a new arena in Seattle. He is trying to pass a 490 million dollar arena plan. If only Chris Hansen could have been here when Howard Schultz was selling the Sonics. Chris is someone who is dedicated to bringing a team to this town and would not care about the costs. He is going so far as to conduct a traffic study to see how the new proposed arena would affect the area. When a team does get a team in seattle it will most likely be because of this man and his large check book.

The Irony– The head of the Relocation Committee is none other than the man who stole the Sonics from seattle, Clay Bennett. He does not make the call on whether or not a team gets to relocate, David Stern who is open about bringing a team back to Seattle does. If Clay Bennett was involved at all in the process of getting a team in Seattle will be priceless. Clay Bennett could use helping bring a team to Seattle as a good PR move as well, because ever since 2008 he is the most hated man in the state of Washington.

Other Locations- The city of Anaheim really wants this franchise. The thing is though the Lakers and the Clippers would be within 35 miles away from the Kings. How is  a team in Anaheim going to sell tickets with two top five teams in the West just minutes away? How will this team compete for regional television time? Vancouver has been reported as another possible location, but hasn’t the NBA learned that teams in Canada won’t work. Big name stars do not want to re-sign back their. Seattle is proven to support a NBA team for 40 years. Anaheim seems like a huge gamble, something that the Maloofs are doing with the future of the Kings franchise every day.

Morgan Grimmett is a NBA writer for The Sports Blitz and can be contacted at MGrimmett@SportsBlitz.com or on Twitter @Morgan_Grimmett