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Warriors CEO Rick Welts Talks About Bringing The NBA Back To Seattle

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

With big changes potentially on the horizon for the NBA, one can't help but think a return to one of the league's most prestigious cities might be getting closer.

After their final season in 2008, and became the Oklahoma City Thunder, Seattle has yet to host a new franchise, much to the dismay of the community.

And while folks remain hopeful that the Sonics will make a comeback, Warriors CEO Rick Welts recently shot those dreams dead in a chat with NBC Sports.

"But the path is problematic," he said. "The good news is the NBA's business is really successful right now, and that means we have 30 teams operating without anyone feeling like they're in a market where they can't support NBA basketball.

"And the owners -- I would say probably to their credit -- have shown no interest. And the league hasn't really promoted any expansion agenda. So how do you get a team there? I don't think I'm going out on a limb to make the prediction that the next team -- the next new market in the NBA -- will be Seattle. But the path on how we get there is pretty murky right now."

The current state of the league just doesn't demand relocation or expansion. Teams are doing well and the league has become of the most popular brands in the world.

While Welts seems hopeful about Seattle's chances, he doesn't seem all that optimistic. Teams and their owners are just happy where they are right now.