NBA Returning to Seattle? The Five Current Franchises the Emerald City is Eyeing

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NBA Returning to Seattle? The Five Current Franchises the Emerald City is Eyeing

There have been persistent rumors that Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, man-about-Seattle and all-around filthy rich guy, will buy an NBA team and bring the NBA back to the greater Seattle area. In 2008, Ballmer tried to entice King County, Wash. to match his $150 million pledge to renovate Key Area and to keep the Sonics in Seattle.

The valiant attempt to save the Sonics for Seattle identified Ballmer as a basketball aficionado who is both interested and has the means to own and maintain an NBA franchise. The rumors have been swirling ever since.

The buzz around Ballmer has heated up since he liquidated some of his Microsoft stock, putting a reported $1-to-2 billion of walking around money in his pocket. Does this mean he's going shopping for NBA franchises?


Are the Lakers for sale?

Hold on a minute. Maybe Seattle should set its sights on teams that are actually in trouble, might be for sale or have been rumored to peak Ballmer's interest. Here are the five current franchises the Emerald City is eying, from worst to first.

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