On September 11, 2012, investor Chris Hansen and the city of Seattle agreed on a plan to build an arena that could potentially house an NBA franchise (via ESPN). On October 15, the King City Council and the Seattle City Council gave their final approval of the proposed deal (via ESPN).
One day later, King City Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn signed the legislation to make the deal official (via ESPN). Mere days later, NBA commissioner David Stern announced that he will retire on February 1, 2014 (via ESPN).
Consider October to be the most active month in the history of Seattle, Washington.
With the arena all but built, the city of Seattle may have an NBA franchise for the first time since the SuperSonics left for Oklahoma City in 2008 (via ESPN). The question is, will a current team need to relocate in order for the franchise to become an official member of the NBA?
If so, which franchise will it be that leaves their current city?
Although nothing is official, the following slides will display which five teams could be leaving their present location before commissioner Stern retires in 2014. So who has less than two years remaining in their current city?