The NBA has been aggressively looking at ways to to not only grow the league, but push it into new places under the guidance of commissioner Adam Silver.
Silver's considered one of the most progressive commissioner in North American sports, unafraid to take the NBA into new areas. That's why the NBA product has continued evolving at a rapid pace, with new directives in place seemingly every season.
There may be no bigger mark Silver can make on the league than initiating expansion in the NBA, something that hasn't been done since the Vancouver (now Memphis) Grizzlies and Toronto Raptors were introduced into the league. Silver expanding the league would be a huge decision, but it's one he feels he'll have to make eventually.
Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum sat down with Silver to interview him for The Players' Tribune, and McCollum went straight for the heart of the matter. CJ explained to Silver that he's asked about whether the NBA will ever be in Seattle again often, due to his playing in the Pacific Northwest.
McCollum presented the burning question to Silver, who had an insightful response that should get NBA fans in Seattle excited about the potential ahead.
"I think it's just a question of when the right time is to seriously start thinking about expansion. Think about the state we're in the the league right now, it's amazing to me that coming off of these finals, you have some fans saying, 'there's only one good team in the league.'
"And I'm thinking, 'if people really believe that, even though we have 450 of the best players in the world, and 450 players can only form one really good team, probably doesn't make sense to expand in terms of delusions of talent.'
"I don't really believe that and I think these things correct themselves, and I don't want to put a precise timeline on it but it's inevitable. At some point we'll start looking at the 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." Silver said.
The Seattle Supersonics were moved to Oklahoma City, and the city has been pining for a team ever since. An ownership group based in Seattle tried to bring the Sacramento Kings up the Pacific coast, but failed to do so.
Now, the rabid NBA fanbase in Seattle might have to wait for the league to be ready to expand, but it sounds like they'll be in great position to finally have an NBA team again if, and when, it does happen.News Now - Sport News