NBA: Seattle deserves to have a team again, even if it isn’t the Sonics

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Seattle deserves to have the NBA in its town once again, even if it isn’t the SuperSonics

Seattle has been without the NBA since 2008.

Many Sonics fans were heartbroken when their team was uprooted and taken to Oklahoma City. The Sonics became the Thunder and a decade later, the city still wants a new team. Even Adam Silver is on board with Seattle getting a new team.

Chris Mannix wrote about hope being alive in Seattle just last month.

"Seattle wants the Sonics back. And the chances of that happening have never been higher. Last summer, NBA commissioner Adam Silver told The Players Tribune that Seattle would be on the short list for an expansion franchise. “I don’t want to put a precise timeline on it,” Silver said. “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.”"

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An expansion team wouldn’t mean the Sonics are truly back, but there’s plenty to be happy about should a team come to Seattle. However, I have one big idea on how the NBA could get a team in Seattle sooner rather than later. Much like how the Sonics became the Thunder and changed cities, another NBA team could just move there.

My vote would be the Los Angeles Clippers, and not just because I’m a Lakers fan. In a way, it makes sense. Steve Ballmer was a big part of Microsoft, which is up in Redmond, Washington. He certainly has the money to move the team considering he wants to build a new arena in Los Angeles.

California is home to four basketball teams at the moment: Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, and Sacramento Kings. There’s certainly not a lack of teams here.

Besides, the Clippers have been living in the shadows of the Lakers, even when they were the better team. The Staples Center boasts Lakers statues, banners, and everything else related to the team. The Clippers were resorting to covering those things up just to put an emphasis on their team.

So why not move to Seattle and give the team a fresh start?

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Seattle deserves a team. The city has shown just how much it loves basketball as they continue to try to bring a team there. Who knows how long it would take to get an expansion team there, but it would fill a hole that’s been present for the last 10 years in not just Seattle, but the NBA, too.