3 NBA Franchises That Could Be Sold and Moved to Seattle
The city of Seattle wants to make a comeback.
Five years have passed since the Seattle Supersonics moved to Oklahoma City, and now a new team may be moving back to Seattle.
A couple teams in the NBA are struggling to earn revenue and attract a crowd, which means that they can be on the move.
The Nets, for example, will no longer be playing at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Instead, they are on their way to Brooklyn to play at the Barclays Center in an attempt to attract a larger audience.
A few other teams in the NBA are struggling, too, and they may be on the move to Seattle.
The Sacramento Kings are among one of the few teams that may land in Seattle.
It’s been seven years since the Kings last made the playoffs and they are in no position to make the postseason any time soon.
With no key moves this offseason, the Kings will still remain at the bottom of the league.
Add their inability to win to only averaging 83.8 percent attendance per game last season, and you have a team that is in need of a makeover.
Not only last year, but the past couple years, the Kings have failed to gather a crowd, probably because of their inability to produce.
This isn’t the same team it once was with Peja Stojakovic, Chris Webber, Bobby Jackson and Mike Bibby.
Now it is made up of DeMarcus Cousins, Marcus Thornton and Tyreke Evans, who will not get you too far.
Not to mention that Sacramento is the closest NBA city to Seattle, other than Portland.
This means that they may be able to keep a small amount of their fan base, if any at all.
The Milwaukee Bucks are another candidate to move to Seattle.
The main reason is because they are the least valuable of all NBA teams, via Forbes.com.
They are also on lease with the Bradley Center, which means they can pick up and move without too much of a hassle.
If they do not sign a new lease soon, don’t be surprised if the Bucks make their way out to Seattle.
They also rank 25th in the NBA when it comes to home attendance, so maybe a new city wouldn’t be too bad.
2009 was also the last time they made the playoffs in the past six seasons, so a change may be necessary.
The decision of whether the Charlotte Bobcats get relocated or not sits in the hands of owner and NBA legend, Michael Jordan.
The former UNC basketball star would hate to see the team move from North Carolina, an area in which he has been loved since his days in college.
If the Bobcats can’t earn some revenue, then maybe Seattle is a good place for them to be.
Their struggling finances are a result of their failure to attract a crowd. The Bobcats ranked 28th in attendance this past season, and last in television ratings.
Only winning seven games last season may have something to do with the team not attracting a crowd last year, too.
Last season was a season to forget for the Bobcats.
The team actually had the worst record in the history of the NBA last year.
The record was capped off with a 23 game losing streak to end the season, the second longest streak behind the Cleveland Cavaliers, who had 26 in a row two years ago.
If Jordan wants to remodel this franchise, he may need to suck it up and move them away from his beloved state of North Carolina.
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