Despite lacking an NBA team, many players with Northwest ties have been in the headlines the last few days. This article is dedicated to all the ex-Sonics fans who still keep tabs on Washington state's NBA players.
Yesterday, Husky stars Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten Jr. were drafted in the first round.
Wroten, a Seattle native, was drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies (formerly of Vancouver) with the 25th overall pick. Wroten averaged 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game, and was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
Another former UW star, Brandon Roy, formerly of the Portland Trailblazers, has been drawing interest from a number of teams. ESPN reported on Thursday that the Minnesota Timberwolves were set to offer Roy a contract.
The All-Star shooting guard retired at the end of the 2011 season because of degenerative knee problems. Roy has played five years in the NBA, but has been bugged by injuries for four of those seasons.
The NBA's all-time three-point leader, former Sonic Ray Allen, is drawing interest in a number of teams.
Allen played with the Seattle Supersonics from 2003 to 2007, when he was traded to the Boston Celtics for Delonte West, Wally Szczerbiak and Jeff Green. Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce led the Celtics to an NBA title in 2008.
According to a number of sources, the 2012 NBA Champion Miami Heat are interested in Allen. The Pheonix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics are also possible homes for the three-time All-Star.
It's sad to see Ross and Wroten leaving the Northwest. It's also sad to see Ray Allen's career coming to its final years without a Seattle team for him to retire with.
Hopefully, we'll see a team come to Seattle soon and Allen can spend his final season with the Sonics. If we're lucky, we'll see Ross and Wroten return to the Northwest to join him as the NBA comes back to Washington state.