Fast Breaks: Seattle, Alford, Magic, Stone
Seattle proved it can support an NBA franchise with a passionate fan base -- and Commissioner Adam Silver spoke positively about the idea of the city getting a team again in an interview with Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum for The Players' Tribune.
But don't get too over-the-top excited about a SuperSonics return just yet, several owners cautioned in a new piece from David Aldridge of NBA.com.
“I believe Seattle should have the first shot,” one anonymous owner told NBA.com. “I think a move is more likely than expansion, but right now, neither looks likely.”
A second owner added: "I think we need 30 solid teams first. If there are teams that are repeatedly losing money every year even after revenue sharing, we must consider moving existing teams to those markets first. Then, once all teams are healthy and making a profit, we can perhaps discuss expansion -- but not until then.”
Silver admitted it's hard to predict how long it will be before Seattle makes its certain return to pro basketball.
"I don't want to put a precise timeline on it," he said in The Players' Tribune. "But it's inevitable at some point we'll start looking at growth of franchises. That's always been the case in this league, and Seattle will no doubt be on a short list of cities we'll look at."
Here's more from around pro hoops:
- Undrafted free agent guard Bryce Alford announced on his Instagram account that he has signed the Oklahoma City Thunder. Alford teammed with Lonzo Ball in the UCLA backcourt last season, then spent some time with the Golden State Warriors' summer team. His contract is likely a training camp deal. Many expect to see Alford, who played collegiately for father/coach Steve Alford, to spend most of his time in the G-League next season.
- The Orlando Magic waived shooting guard Marcus Georges-Hunt, the team announced Monday. Georges-Hunt spent most of last season with Maine of the G-League after going undrafted out of Georgia Tech in 2016. He finished the year by playing five games with the Magic.
- The Atlanta Hawks have waived second-year big man Diamond Stone, team announced Monday. Stone was obtained from the Los Angeles Clippers in an offseason trade.