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There is growing optimism that Seattle will again have an NBA franchise. The last time when there was a team in the Washington state city was back in 2007-2008 season.

The Seattle SuperSonics had three future superstars Kevin Durant, James Harden and Russell Westbrook before the franchise moved to Oklahoma City and was renamed the Thunder.

Seattle’s mayor Bruce Harrell is confident that the city will have an NBA team in the future but does not expect it to happen before the end of this year.

Via Curtis Crabtree of Q13Fox:

“So without revealing my ‘confidential sources,’ I’m very optimistic,” Harrell said. “But I will tell you almost on a weekly basis I’m getting updates on what’s happening in the league, where there’s some opportunities.”

“When the day comes, we’re going to begin the process. I am 100 percent certain we’re going to get the Sonics back and they will be playing within the timeline the league outlines at Climate Pledge Arena.”

“No, I’m not that optimistic by the end of the year,” he said.