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RUMOR: Kansas City expected to get NBA team in coming years

Adam Silver

Is the NBA preparing the league for its own version of the Vegas Golden Knights? According to Jarett Sutton of the SEC Network, the NBA could bring basketball back to Kansas City via an expansion in the near future. Sutton was told of this by an unnamed NBA executive, who also cited “multiple sources” as among those pursuing to have a team set up in Kansas City.

NBA Executive: “Jarrett, going to be real honest with you, Kansas City will get an NBA team at some point. It’s a real thing I’ve heard from multiple sources. Just a matter of time. Seattle and KC to me are most valuable markets for league expansion when it makes sense.”

It could be remembered that Kansas City was home to the Kansas City Kings of the NBA from 1972 to 1985 before the franchise relocated to Sacramento. The last professional basketball team to call Kansas City its residence was the Kansas City Knights of the American Basketball Association. The ABA shutdown in 2005, leaving the city without a pro basketball squad to cheer for.

In case there’s a real movement to have an NBA team there, Kansas City appears to have a homecourt ready, per Ryan Young of Yahoo Sports.

Kansas City already has a downtown arena in place to host a potential NBA team, too. The Sprint Center was built in 2007, and can hold more than 19,000 people. For comparison, the Cleveland Cavaliers averaged 20,562 fans per home game this season, and were the second-highest in the NBA.

While this news should excite Kansas City sports fans, this should also not sit well with the people of Seattle, who have all been longing to have an NBA team again.