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NBA Franchise expansion

This is a topic I've been meaning to get on here for a while. I just got finished reading about the Sonics move to Oklahoma and the shady proceedings behind that. To me, it really sucks that such a storied franchise had to be ripped from the city like that and I do feel that they will be first in line to get a franchise as soon as its available.

So with my personal feelings aside, if you could choose any team in the NBA to move or if a slot would be open to move to a new city, where would you go and what would you name the franchise?

Personally I would move the Clippers back to San Diego or move them to Anaheim...too many years of living int the Lakers shadow and even playing in the same arena as them.


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patty mills should have his

patty mills should have his own team.

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It looks like hes gonna need

It looks like hes gonna need to start one lol, because hes not making any team.

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Kansas City and Seattle would

Kansas City and Seattle would love to have NBA Franchises.

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I'm pretty sure Seattle will

I'm pretty sure Seattle will get one and they will be named the Sonics (finally some foresight when moving franchises) as they never should have lost their team in the first place.

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I'm surprised St. Louis

I'm surprised St. Louis hasn't received an offer...

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I'm curious to see the new

I'm curious to see the new CBA because if the owners get what they want which is a much more owner-friendly environment then I could see the interest for new expansion franchises increasing significantly especially if investors think they'll be profitable. Also, let's not forget Stern's desire to go global as he has openly discussed the possibility of NBA teams in European countries. I don't think it's out of the question to think this could be a 34 or 36 team league in 10 years

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If they add teams it'll ruin

If they add teams it'll ruin the awesome division/playoff setup.

That being said, I think the Bobcats or Cavs should move to Seatle.

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The NBA has some useless

The NBA has some useless teams they should get rid of... forget adding teams...

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Seattle would get the first crack

I think when the OKC Thunder left Seattle, they have some agreement in place that an NBA team would be back to Seattle within 5 years or else Seattle will get some money for compensation (probably from OKC, not sure if NBA also need to chip in), so it is likely that the NBA would push whatever franchise that may move to Seattle.

With that said, consider Seattle is still pretty strong after the financial crisis, it's a good market for an NBA team. Detriot, New Orleans, Memphis, and Charlotte are a few teams that struggled a lot financially. They are the most likely to relocate.

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Fewer teams, better ball

I'd like to see the NBA go back to 23 teams, like they had in 1988 when the league peaked in terms of talent. 24 would work better for scheduling, so go with that. Then make the D-league 24 teams as well and it would be more of a big-time league too.

Moving the Clippers to Anaheim would be great. Plenty of NBA fans in Orange County with cash (well, they used to have cash) don't like driving all the way to Inglewood just to watch the Clips.

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I agree, the Clippers need to

I agree, the Clippers need to move. There beyond living in the Lakers shadow, and it sucks because they dont exactly have a rich history, while the Lakers probably have one of the richest. But I commend Clipper fans, there extremely loyal.

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I thought that if anything

I thought that if anything they were going to reduce the number of teams since the talent level is somewhat watered down. Probably wont happen but with how money currently is we wont see any type expansion for a long time. Just please dont try that euro division theyve been talking about. It is of course the NATIONAL basketball association

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... and once again the

... and once again the Cleveland fans take a shot in the chops.

Breaking News ... Cleveland Cavaliers move to Edmonton. As compensation for the loss of their franchise, Cleveland recieves Edmonton's "Golden League" The Cracker Cats baseball team.

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Amen Bison

That's the area in the US that gets more crap then anywere else. Very annoying

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No don't move the Clippers.

No don't move the Clippers. Give us time. Let Donald Sterling sell the team first and see how it goes.

And as I wrote this comment, I realized that a new owner may seriously entertain the idea of moving the Clippers to another city.

So, basically us Clipper fans are screwed.

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Relocations

Well honestly I wouldn't mind spreading the love a bit as far as where teams are located. I think It's a bit unfair that some states have 2-4 teams while the majority of states have none. Specifically LA having two teams, sure it's a huge market but come on. There's plenty of deserving cities/states to venture out to.

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Here's a few teams to add

Expansion Teams...

Seattle Super Sonics...They deserve a Team in Emerald City...They were Hijacked and that Thunder's team should be balling in Seatle...First Kurt Cobain now this...Get the Sonics back after the Lock Up...

Hawaii Tropics...If Toronto gets a Team then Hawaii could use one too...Wouldn't NBA stars love to play the Tropics in Honolulu

Las Vegas Light Year...another huge untapped market...If their was a Team in Vegas there would be a financial boom from the players alone for the entire state of Nevada...They love Gambling in the NBA...

New Jersey Bulldogs...Since they are losing a franchise too...help the arm pit of America by giving them their own team to root for...they won't have to choose between the Knicks, Nets or Sixers...Who knows maybe Snookie can be the mascot ...

Relocated Teams

Kansas City Clippers(Former Clippers) Missouri needs a Team and LA should stop being greedy...The move may lift the Clippers curse... New City ,New Karma....

San Diego Braves (Former Grizzles) I wouldn't rip Cali off completly...Imagine OJ Mayo in those sick Braves throwback's (Orange and Black/White and The old school baby blue's)

Switched Teams Names..."these never made sense to begin with"

New Orleans Hornets to "The New Orleans Jazz"...Jazz is not related to Utah it's related to New Orleans area...Duh....

Utah Jazz to the "Salt Lake City Cyclones" ...I was going to call them the Mormons but I held back...They can switch names instead...I like the ring of this one as opposed to The Utah Bobcats...

Charlotte Bobcats become the Charlotte Hornets...Give them the old colors and all...I miss the Grand Ma Ma days and they need a new look entirely...MJ has to hate those Knick like colors the BC's sport...

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we need a team back in

we need a team back in pittsburg the last one was the pipers in the ABA

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i would really like to see

i would really like to see another team in cincinatti to they used to have the royals with maurice stokes

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yea

this is going to rock i think

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I would chose to move the

I would chose to move the bobcats, but they wont move in Jordan's lifetime. I would move the Bucks to Las Vegas, but then again, the number of NBA player bankruptcies would probably quadruple (Bad Charles Barkley, Antoine Walker, and Latrell Spreewell). It would be funny to see Lebron's body language having to play in North Dakota. He was mad enough in Cleaveland, imagine the saga it would create in an even lonlier place. I am surprised the whole Lebron thing did not turn as ugly as the gretsky thing did, although cavs fans are probably hoping for the same result.

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