In 2007, Kevin Durant was drafted by the Seattle Supersonics. But he only got to spend one season in the Pacific Northwest.
After his rookie season, the franchise was moved to Oklahoma City.
Seattle fans were deprived of the chance to watch the growth of an NBA superstar.
But could they get a chance to watch him ever again? Maybe, according to Durant.
While appearing on The Bill Simmons Podcast recently, the NBA Finals MVP was asked if he would consider finishing his career in Seattle if the city ever got an expansion team.
"Good question. Who knows?" Durant said. "I feel like they deserved to see me grow up in the league, as far as me being drafted."
Simmons made a comment about how terrible it was the city to lose the team which featured Durant and Russell Westbrook.
"You feel for them when it comes to that, but you never know what happens on the business side. Who knows what went on with that. But from a fans standpoint, I think from seeing us that first year and seeing the start, that's when [GM Sam Presti] got there. I feel like they deserve to see some of that through a little bit."
The soon-to-be 28-year-old Durant signed a two-year, $53 million deal to remain the Warriors this offseason. The expectation is that he will decline his player option for the 2018-19 season in order to sign a lucrative long-term deal with the Warriors.
In July, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver spoke with Trail Blazers' guard C.J. McCollum on The Players' Tribune about possible expansion and mentioned Seattle as a possible city to receive a team.
"...I don't want to put a precise timeline on it, but it's inevitable at some point we'll start looking at 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."