NBA Executive Reportedly Says League Will Eventually Have Team in Kansas City

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 18, 2018

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If the NBA decides to expand, one league executive says that Kansas City will be high on the list of places to get a team. 

Speaking to Jarrett Sutton of the SEC Network, the anonymous NBA executive said Kansas City "will get an NBA team at some point."

"It's a real thing I've heard from multiple sources," the executive said. "Just a matter of time. Seattle and KC to me are most valuable markets for league expansion when it makes sense."

There have long been rumors about a potential expansion of the NBA, though nothing formally announced by the league. 

Seattle, in particular, has been at the source of rumblings about getting a new team. The city issued a request for proposals in January to renovate the KeyArena for potential use for NBA and NHL games, per Geoff Baker and Daniel Beekman of the Seattle Times

Kansas City hasn't had an NBA franchise since the Kings relocated to Sacramento following the 1984-85 season.

The last professional basketball team in the city was the Kansas City Knights of the American Basketball Association. They suspended operations following the 2004-05 season. 

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