Retraction is a word that has come up quite a bit in recent discussion. With the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement (CBA) expiring, many NBA executives have suggested that a retraction would be the best way to improve both the quality of play and brand.
Before we proceed, I would like to say that I am not a fan of retraction. Being from the Northwest, I have seen what losing a team has done to Seattle. Obviously the Sonics were not retracted, just relocated—but the principle is the same.
When a city loses a team, basketball fans suffer.
That being said, if there was to be a retraction I believe the teams most likely to go would be the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Memphis Grizzlies, the New Orleans Hornets and the Milwaukee Bucks.
Franchise net worth, attendance records and peer opinion were all studied and taken into account.
These four teams all ranked in the bottom five for net worth. Three of the teams are amongst the league’s worst in attendance, and the Hornets are owned by the NBA because of financial troubles.