NBA Reportedly Eyeing Expansion Into Seattle, Las Vegas

The NBA is contemplating expanding into Seattle and Las Vegas, possibly making an announcement as soon as 2023, as first noted by Oregon-based sports reporter John Canzano.NBA Wilson Ball

Seattle has long coveted a team since losing the SuperSonics to Oklahoma City in 2008. Multiple players, coaches and league executives have supported such a rally cry to “Bring back the Sonics” over the past decade or more.

Despite the move, Seattle retained the Sonics’ green-and-yellow color scheme and logo, featuring the Space Needle and a basketball.

Per Canzano, both Seattle and Las Vegas could be announced as expansion franchises after the current media rights deal expires in 2024.

Las Vegas has also been floated as a possible expansion or relocation city since at least the 1990s, though the league has rarely come close to moving a team there. But the the NFL’s Raiders and NHL’s Golden Knights, Vegas has become a hotbed for pro sports over the last several years.

Virginia Beach has also been mentioned as a possible NBA city — though it appears the league has been focused on expanding its presence in the Pacific time zone, with Seattle the priority if there is indeed expansion/relocation, sources said.

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