Kevin Garnett has made his mission clear. He wants to bring the Seattle SuperSonics back and become team owner.
If I have a dream, I would say that I would love to be able to go and buy the Seattle Supersonics and reactivate the Pacific Northwest. Seattle was huge to our league. I would love to be able to do that. That’s what’s up. If there’s one thing I could do tomorrow, it would be that.” -- Garnett told the Associated Press back in April
A recent report from Shams Charania, however, suggests the NBA legend may become an owner of another NBA franchise instead: the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Is it feasible to think Garnett and a group of investors could purchase the Timberwolves and relocate the team to another location…one maybe in Seattle?
Here’s what we know: Seattle deserves an NBA team once again. They deserve moments like Ray Allen dropping 54 points on the Jazz or Kevin Durant winning Rookie of the Year in green and gold.
There’s two ways, as of now, that the SuperSonics could return to Seattle. An NBA team like the Timberwolves could relocate, or the NBA could expand.
Seattle is a leading candidate to host a potential expansion team, especially now that Climate Pledge Arena will be built to host both an NHL and NBA team. The NBA is a 30-team league and it has been for nearly two decades, but broadly speaking, a city needs to fit several benchmarks to meet the NBA’s criteria and Seattle in our opinion is a slam dunk.
Even better, imagine this. Kevin Garnett teaming up with his former Celtics Big-3 teammate Ray Allen in his quest to bring the NBA back to the Emerald City. We know they aren't the closest of friends, but let bygones be bygones, am I right?
In a post on Instagram in 2017, Allen called for the Sonics return.
Seattle has grown so much since I was last here. What a great city! I had some great memories not too far away from the #spaceneedle. I still can’t believe that there is no basketball in Seattle!! This city is too great not to have a hoops squad. Come on everybody we need to rally and bring the NBA back to Seattle. let’s make this happen people!!! The NBA misses traveling to Seattle, I know I certainly do!!!!! #bringbackoursonics #keyarena #seattlecenter” – Ray Allen
The Sonics resided in Seattle from 1967 until 2008—but they moved to Oklahoma City after Howard Schultz sold the team to a group led by Clay Bennett.
There have been several attempts over the years with Seattle-area athletes like Sue Bird and Russell Wilson trying to revive the NBA in Seattle.
[RELATED: Sue Bird wants the Sonics (and a couple NW legends) back in Seattle]
Not to be a total buzzkill Sonics fans, but Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor later commented on the sale report, saying people who are seeking to relocate the team won't have their bids considered. Garnett has also said he will keep the team in Minnesota.
Besides, why would Garnett, who played in a Timberwolves uniform from 1995-2007 and 2015-16, want to do that to his beloved Minnesota anyways? He'd be doing exactly what Oklahoma City did to Seattle, and ouch, don't remind us.
We can't help thinking that, though, Clay Bennett did lie to the entire city of Seattle when his nine e-mails were made public, revealing Bennett and his co-owners had been planning for more than a year to move the team to Oklahoma City. Could a potential Timberwolves ownership group do the same?
Well, if things don’t work out for Garnett to become a team owner in Minnesota, there’s always Seattle. The dream is still alive.
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