Mayor 'optimistic' about NBA's return to Seattle

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Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has spoken with NBA commissioner Adam Silver and is “pretty optimistic” the city is moving toward landing an expansion franchise to replace the SuperSonics.

Silver said in a news conference last month that the NBA was dusting off its long-dormant expansion consideration and had put more time into the concept during the current pandemic. He spoke with Durkan shortly thereafter, and the mayor reaffirmed the city’s desire to land a team; the SuperSonics relocated and became the Oklahoma City Thunder after the 2007-08 season.

“It is very good news for the city of Seattle that they are thinking of an expansion team,” Durkan told Seattle TV station KING 5. “And I was honest with him. He knows Seattle wants to be at the front of the line. We’re where the team should be. But we will be respecting them as they move forward to their ownership because the [owners], you know, [have] to approve it.”

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