Aldridge: As NBA begins to again consider growth, one city stands apart– Seattle

That the NBA will eventually go back to Seattle appears unavoidable. The only concern is the timing. It needs to be faster rather than later. And maybe it will be.

There is no requirement to wait till completion of the present television offer with the league’s network partners in 2024. That has been the expected minimum timeline prior to NBA governors would seriously start to ponder including a couple of brand-new teams to the current 30. Until around March 11, 2020, there was no momentum for doing so prior to 2024; if ESPN and Turner Sports (and, most likely, other potential suitors, including streaming possibilities from the likes of Netflix or Amazon) might inject extra billions of dollars in incomes to groups in excess of the $24 billion they’re currently sharing from their nationwide tv partners, there would be no need to additional dilute competitive balance through growth.

But, then came COVID-19.

The numerous millions of dollars that teams have …