The Athletic reached out to a handful of sources at the ownership level to gauge the appetite for addressing the Seattle market, and the return was split. While most viewed the market as teeming with possibility and deserving of an NBA team, the path to getting there was not as unanimous. Several sources said a preference would be to put an expansion team in Seattle, which would presumably bring a much larger startup fee than a team would be charged to relocate. But others have insisted that expansion has not really come up in league discussions, pointing to commissioner Adam Silver’s tepid public responses and a preference to table the issue until the next television rights deal is negotiated in 2025.
October 22, 2021 | 6:25 pm EDT Update
John Karalis: Udoka might finally give me the Tatum/Brown pick-and-roll I’ve been begging for: “We’ve added a few sets — we wanted our two best guys together in actions. They can be more aggressive when one is on and off the court, but we gotta get them involved together in certain actions.”
Salman Ali: Stephen Silas on whether some players in that 4th quarter unit from last game (Christopher, Garuba, etc…) will play more tonight: “It’s possible for sure. Those guys are playing hard every time they’re on the floor.”
Eric Nehm: Bucks’ injury report for tomorrow against the Spurs: -DiVincenzo, Ojeleye and Portis are all still out with their longer term injuries. -Brook Lopez is OUT with back soreness for a second straight game. -Hood (right foot soreness) and Holiday (right heel contusion) are probable.
October 22, 2021 | 5:59 pm EDT Update
Jordan Schultz: 🚨 Breaking: The NBA is preparing for a massive story accusing #Suns owner Robert Sarver of racism, sexism and sexual harassment in a series of incidents, sources say. With enough evidence to support such claims, there’s a real chance the league would forcibly remove Sarver.