Very interesting perspective from Tim Kawakami that San Jose may be in the NBA’s sights as an eventual location of the New Orleans Hornets, to be owned by Oracle mega-billionaire Larry Ellison.
Ellison recently lost out on a bid to buy the Golden State Warriors, but Kawakami suggests that after a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the owners and players is finalized, he’s a logical new owner of the NBA-owned New Orleans franchise and would move them to San Jose as a 2nd Bay Area team.
The NBA’s seeming willingness to allow the Maloofs to move the Sacramento franchise to Anaheim, right next door to the Lakers and Clippers, is seen as proof that local territories are not sacrosanct. Especially if there is a willing local TV network.
So Vancouver’s NBA future might follow this sequence of events:
1. The Sacramento Kings move to Anaheim.
2. The New Orleans Hornets move to San Jose.
3. The Charlotte Bobcats (?) move to Kansas City. (I’m guessing that Charlotte is the next most likely team to move – they are dead in that market. And Kansas City reminds me of Oklahoma City 5-6 years ago – they have a modern new arena, and will take either an NHL or NBA franchise, whichever becomes available first. So I would give Kansas City the best chance to get the next team.)
4. Another team (Milwaukee?) that gets into trouble looks for the best market and Vancouver is one of the cities considered. Now I think we’re looking at 2015 or 2016 and there are many ifs to be resolved, including continued strength in the Canadian dollar. If the long list of factors continue to look favourable, and the Aquilini family that owns the Canucks decide there is a strong business case, then it could happen.