Relocation in the NBA has been an inevitable process for the better part of the past decade, and has suddenly become a trend.
Between 1986 and 2000, there wasn't a single relocation. However, there were a handful of expansion teams breaking in during this time period (Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, Orlando Magic and Charlotte Hornets).
Since 2001, the Vancouver Grizzlies moved to Memphis, the Charlotte Hornets moved to New Orleans only to have another expansion franchise replace them, the New Orleans Hornets became the NOK Hornets in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the Seattle Supersonics relocated to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder.
That's quite a bit of movement considering the NFL and NHL haven't relocated since 1997 and MLB has only relocated once since 1972 (2005, Montreal Expos to Washington).
With the recent news that the NBA has purchased the New Orleans Hornets on a interim basis until a new owner takes over, it begs the question, what cities are the candidates to take on the next NBA franchise?
Let's take a look at the franchises in question and the top three cities that will get first dibs at a new sports product.