The only way the NBA is going to return to Seattle is if another team moves there. New NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said on Wednesday that the league is not looking to expand.
“Seattle is a wonderful market,” Silver told ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst. “It would be very additive to the league to have a team there. But we’re not planning on expanding right now, so it’s not a function of pride.”
Earlier this season, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said “there’s a good chance of (expansion) happening, but I have no idea when.” In the infancy of his reign as commissioner, Silver put those ambitions to rest.
Silver said the reason for ruling out expansion is because of the “competitive health of a 30-team league.” He also noted that all 30 teams right now are not profitable and that some teams are not competitive enough at this point.
David Stern’s replacement did leave room for optimism in regards to Seattle being home to an NBA team once again.
“(The Kings decision) should not have been received as a no to Seattle,” Silver said. “There’s no doubt if we were prepared to expand to Seattle right now, we’d get an enormous price for the franchise.”