HoopsHype Seattle rumors


May 23, 2013 Updates

Shaw might have other, better opportunities, as he is also a candidate for the head-coaching positions with the Brooklyn Nets and possibly the Los Angeles Clippers. When Jackson thought the Sacramento Kings would move to Seattle, where he would run the club's front office, sources said his plan included hiring Shaw as head coach. ESPN.com

May 21, 2013 Updates

If the Sacramento Kings relocated to Seattle, Phil Jackson says he would have been part of a new Sonics organization. Speaking on the Dan Patrick Show this morning, the former Bulls and Lakers head coach said he had an agreement with prospective Sonics owner Chris Hansen to head to the Pacific Northwest. Jackson told Patrick that Hansen’s vision for the franchise was something he could “buy into.” Cowbell Kingdom

May 20, 2013 Updates

Chris Hansen: I’d like to start out by congratulating Mayor Johnson and the fans in Sacramento for the tremendous effort they put together to keep their team. Given what our community went through in 2008, if there is any silver lining in this for Seattle it is seeing Sacramento’s dedicated fan base successfully rally to keep the Kings. This was never about Seattle fans versus Sacramento fans, and it goes unsaid that there is a mutual respect given the circumstances we have both been through. This process was instead about our group and our city putting our best foot forward in an honest and transparent way to return basketball to Seattle, and in that regard our efforts remain undeterred. SonicsArena.com

Chris Hansen: We will continue to press forward with our Arena plans with the same commitment and effort we have over the last two years, and look forward to working with the City and County to see the project through the hurdles that remain. Likewise, we plan to continue to work with the League regarding opportunities that may arise to return an NBA franchise to our City. SonicsArena.com

May 17, 2013 Updates

Phil Jackson apparently would like to have another stint in the NBA. The 11-time champion coach said Thursday evening on "The Tonight Show" that he was interested in a front-office job with the Seattle group that failed in an attempt to relocate the Sacramento Kings. "I had communication with the guy that's trying to make this move," Jackson said on the show, referencing Chris Hansen, the leader of the Seattle bid. "It was serious talk. I thought he was a really good guy for the league." Los Angeles Times

The mayor was conciliatory toward Seattle, but said he focused throughout the negotiations on promoting Sacramento as thriving city with 19 sellout seasons, one of the longest streaks in the NBA. "Seattle is a great city and we want them to get a team. For us, it was never a competition. It was about our community telling our story," Johnson said, adding: "It's about not letting someone take something that's not theirs." ESPN.com

May 15, 2013 Updates

"We've never wavered in our desire to return to the Seattle market at some point," Silver said. "... Expansion was discussed at least as a possibility down the road. We want to wait and see what happens in our next national television negotiation but we're very appreciative of the fans in Seattle, as we always were. We regretted leaving the market. ... We fully expect we will return there one day." USA Today Sports

April 30, 2013 Updates
April 11, 2013 Updates

The six-time NBA all-star and wife Marvena Kemp are bringing basketball back to Seattle after all, serving as the backbone of the ownership group behind the Seattle Flight, the International Basketball League's newest squad. The Flight will first play five games this coming season against some of the IBL's top contending teams. Only playing in a portion of contests through the upcoming season, such a trial run will help determine market visibility. The organization will subsequently be integrated as one of the IBL's full-time teams sometime within the next three years. Ridiculous Upside

January 9, 2013 Updates

A Sacramento Kings official denied today that the team has been sold to a Seattle group. "That rumor is inaccurate," said the source, who declined to be named. An NBA representatives declined comment this morning on the rumor, which surfaced on the Internet. Sacramento Bee

August 7, 2012 Updates

Seattle Councilmember Richard Conlin made a new strong stand against the arena."I am not convinced that the proposed arena will make a significant contribution to economic development," Conlin said in a blog post published Tuesday. "It will bring some new money into Seattle and will divert some other money that people might have spent on other activities. The economists who have studied this proposal agree (as do studies of every other such project) that the net effect is very small." king5.com

August 6, 2012 Updates

A Port of Seattle commissioner says a report due Tuesday identifies traffic issues, rather than solutions, in the event of a new SODO sports arena. John Creighton said Monday night the long awaited study, commissioned by the Port of Seattle, identified bottlenecks and areas which need to be addressed in the neighborhood. Investor Chris Hansen wants to build a $490 million NBA/NHL arena just south of Safeco Field. Creighton, who has been briefed on the report, acknowledged the results may be "unsatisfying.” king5.com

July 23, 2012 Updates

The plans for a new arena that could bring the NBA back to Seattle has taken another step forward with the King County Council possibly taking a vote on the proposal as early as next week. The council announced Monday it was moving the memorandum of understanding between investor Chris Hansen and the county out of committee and for a possible full council vote on July 30. Both the county council and the Seattle City Council must approve it. NBA.com

Hansen has proposed a $490 million facility with $290 million in private investment, and the remaining $200 million bonded by the city and county and paid off through arena-generated taxes and revenues over the next 30 years. The amount being bonded is less on the county, and it was initially believed the county wouldn't vote until after the city took action on the proposal. The city council hasn't announced a timeline for a possible vote. NBA.com

June 26, 2012 Updates

Seattle City Councilman Richard Conlin said Tuesday that he believes it’s unlikely the proposed NBA arena will be approved. Conlin is the first person with a vote to publicly say he believes the $490 million arena proposal by investor Chris Hansen is unlikely to pass. In an e-mail to arena supporters, Conlin questioned why the project should receive public funds unlike other businesses that want to locate in Seattle. And he urged arena proponents to lobby Hansen to pursue the project as a completely private enterprise. Under Hansen’s plan, he would put in $300 million into the $490 million deal, with the city and King County adding the rest in money, which, he said, would be paid back through ticket fees and rent. Q13 Fox

June 19, 2012 Updates

Chris Hansen sees the groundswell of support that seems to be developing in the community for his push for a new arena that could bring the NBA back to Seattle. The leading investor in the project hopes those supporters don't become disillusioned if it ends up taking five to seven years for pro basketball to return if Hansen's current arena proposal is approved by local lawmakers. ESPN.com

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