If the Sonics leave Seattle, how does that affect Vancouver's chances of landing an NBA franchise? I mean, if Seattle loses their team, that sets up an interesting dynamic, especially with the Trailblazers struggling (though I hear Paul Allen bought back the Rose Garden).
So what could Paul Allen do? Could he try to move the Trailblazers to Seattle? And the Sonics leaving Seattle leaves only one team in the Pacific Northwest (heck we had 3 teams in this region when the Grizz was around!), so could the NBA lean more heavily to Vancouver in that they'd want to have a rivalry in the Northwest?
The problem with getting a team back into Seattle after the Sonics leave is the Key Arena situation. You'd have the same problem all over again. With Vancouver, you've got a plug and play arena in GM Place, and it's ready to go.
The announcement of the Sonics leaving could happen in October right around the time of the exhibition game here. Could some dynamics start up then?