Is there new hope for an NBA team in Louisville? According to the NBA blog 16 Wins a Ring, the NBA is planning to add two new teams as early as the 2018-19 season, and Louisville is one of the possibilities.
“The front running cities in talks are Seattle and Mexico City, with Louisville still very much in the picture,” Adam Joseph and Keith P. Smith note, adding that Las Vegas and Vancouver have also been mentioned prominently, but “only Louisville is considered a serious contender as it stands right now. ”
The movement to bring an NBA team to Louisville has been going on for years, but UofL’s lease with the Yum Center has basically made that impossible. With the arena buried in debt and the Louisville Arena Authority facing an audit, there may be more pressure than ever for UofL to alter its lease to allow other tenants, such as an NBA team.
But, considering it’s UofL, I wouldn’t hold your breath, NBA fans.