The Bleacher Report has been covering the NBA franchise relocation issue for a while and has one of their annoying slide shows up that highlights the 4 franchises most in danger of moving. We already know about New Orleans and Sacramento, but the interesting one they add is Charlotte.
I’d heard recently about their absolutely pathetic television numbers (averaging 11,000 households in the Charlotte area) and they still haven’t solved the arena issues that partly led to the Hornets leaving for New Orleans in 2002.
The 4th team mentioned is Minnesota, but little reason is given other than cold weather and the abysmal history of the team. Although the Target Centre is getting old, so perhaps they’re a possibility.
They also list the top 4 cities ready to accept an NBA team:
- Kansas City (agree)
- Anaheim (agree, and may get Sacramento very soon)
- Vancouver (agree)
- Seattle (disagree – no team will move there without assurances of a replacement for Key Arena, and that’s nowhere near a reality)