Seattle Mayor Ed Murray met with both NBA commissioner Adam Silver and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman this week. There are no immediate plans to expand the NBA to Seattle.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray met with NBA commissioner Adam Silver this week, but the league has no immediate plans to expand to the city, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
The meeting was in regards to the status of the NBA in Seattle, and was the first time Murray and Silver have met.
"While commissioner Silver said Seattle remains a very attractive city for an NBA franchise with our NBA championship heritage and enthusiastic fan base, the league has no plans to expand at this time. The city will continue to do our part to bring NBA baseball back to Seattle," Murray said.
The NBA has not been in Seattle since the SuperSonics relocated to become the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008.
Murray also met with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman during the week and said Seattle is "very keen on bringing an NHL team here" and that Bettman "recognizes the value" the city would bring to a franchise.
The city can not build a proposed basketball//hockey arena unless an NBA franchise is guaranteed for Seattle.
- Molly Geary