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"pockets of Hansen and Steve Ballmer too deep for NBA owners to suddenly get all sanctimonious"

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The fact is that one owner has a billion reasons that the Sacramento curfuffle would have no impact on Seattle's ability to get an expansion team.

About an hour ago, Ric Bucher posted this:

I asked one of the more influential NBA owners recently what impact the discovery that Chris Hansen made a donation to an anti-arena cause in Sacramento could have on Seattle landing a future franchise. His response: none

More interesting was the potential price tag from an expansion franchise, a billion dollars.

The market is too strong and the pockets of Hansen and Steve Ballmer too deep for NBA owners to suddenly get all sanctimonious. How deep? The aforementioned owner floated the idea of the Seattle group being the first to pay a $1 billion expansion fee. The exchange was by text, …

Read Ric Bucher's report here.

A billion dollars. A billion dollars. Wow!

Isn't it weird that there is one thought out there, floating around, that Hansen could have some trouble. And here is Bucher quoting one team owner that whatever happened in Sacramento has no impact. But, it makes sense, see, it's not about Sacramento, it's about Seattle.

It's about Seattle, and what a great place this is.

Go Sonics!