It would be the first NBA game in Seattle since the Sonics left following the 2007-08 season.
The NBA is reportedly returning to Seattle … for a game, at least.
The Sacramento Bee reports the Kings and Golden State Warriors will play a preseason game in Seattle on Oct. 6, with the Warriors acting as the home team.
“The contract for the game has not yet been signed, but that is considered a formality,” the Bee writes.
It would be the first NBA game in the city since the Sonics left following the 2007-08 season.
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The Bee report mentions KeyArena as the venue, but construction on the Oak View Group’s $600 million renovation is expected to be completed by October 2020, meaning they could have already broken ground by October 2018.
Will you be going?
Kevin Durant, now part of the defending NBA champions, spent his first professional season in Seattle after the Sonics took him No. 2 overall. Of course, the next season Clay Bennett moved the team to Oklahoma City, Seattle never got to watch next year’s first-round pick, Russell Westbrook, and the rest is history.
This, however, is hardly the first time Durant has returned to Seattle since the team departed for Oklahoma City. Most recently, he visited the city to help renovate a basketball court in the Central District’s Powell Barnett Park. This past summer, Durant participated in Spokane’s Hoopfest 3-on-3 tournament. Rainier Beach alum Jamal Crawford, the city’s resident apostle within the league, has brought Durant — and a slew of other NBA players — through his yearly Seattle Pro-Am.
“If that’s true, I’m looking forward to coming and playing in front of the fans I first came into the league with,” Durant told media in Oakland. “It’s gonna be a dope experience. Just the fans, man … The Seattle Sonics culture is deep. The tradition is pretty huge, so you see fans that have been there for ages come to the games, that still come to a random game on a Tuesday, they come and show support.”
With this matchup comes even more history. The last time Seattle was as close to getting a professional basketball team as it is today — closer, in fact — was Chris Hansen’s failed attempt to bring the Kings to Seattle in 2013.
Wednesday’s news comes as the Seattle’s NHL bid is gaining momentum. On Tuesday, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced a season-ticket drive for a potential hockey team would begin March 1 after, a week earlier, an ownership group led by billionaire David Bonderman and Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer had submitted their application for an NHL expansion franchise, along with a $10 million fee.