Reports: NBA & Coyotes could still be in play for Seattle

Reports: NBA & Coyotes could still be in play for Seattle

Reports: NBA & Coyotes could still be in play for Seattle

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by JOEL KNIP / KING 5 SPORTS

NWCN.com

Posted on June 12, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 12 at 6:17 PM

Two reports out today could possibly give NBA and NHL fans in Seattle some hope.  KGO's Tim Montemayor says the NBA is having productive talks about expanding to Seattle. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is unsure if the Coyotes will stay in Glendale.

First up, the NBA.  Montemayor says the league could possible expand to add one team. And it appears Seattle is a front-runner.

There are multiple questions and comments on Coyotes future in Glendale. The first one is around the 4:19 mark.  The city of Glendale is expected to meet June 25th, presumably to talk about the Coyotes situation.  Then the NHL board of governors will meet June 27th.  Surely, they'll know more about the Coyotes situation and could take action for the future of the franchise.  But the league also says no decision by the city could mean a decision to the NHL, as far as the Coyotes area concerned.

The league is waiting on the Glendale issue to be resolved and negotiations of using NHL players in the next Olympics to decide on next season's schedule. Both issues is causing a delay of making the schedule.  It's also possible they could move the club. The usual suspects come to mind of potential relocation homes, Quebec City and Seattle.

Of course, you can't put the cart before the horse. If Chris Hansen's group is the one to help build an arena, then the NBA must give them an expansion team first. At least that's how Hansen's deal is in place. But if the NBA gives them a team or a promise of a team soon, the NHL could follow.

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