A New Orleans Hornets move could come in the near future. It appears that a buyer is lined up for the franchise and that the league could part ways with it very soon. The Hornets are currently owned by the NBA after it was forced to buy out the past owner. Now the league may have found a suitable buyer that could want to move the franchise to a new location.
The Times-Picayune is reporting that a group led by Los Angeles-area businessman Raj Bhathal has emerged as the top contender in the bidding process. Members of the group interested in making the purchase are former NBA coach Mike Dunleavy and the brother of New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson (Larry J. Benson). Now it is certainly possible that this group would want to keep the team in New Orleans, but there are certainly no requirements in place (yet) to force that to happen.
Currently, the Hornets are averaging just 14,302 fans per home game, placing the team as the fifth worst when it comes to attendance. Those numbers account for 83.7 percent of the seats at the New Orleans Arena, meaning the team isn’t getting supported as much as it could be by local fans. Some of that can be attributed to the struggles that the franchise has been having this year, especially after trading away Chris Paul and losing David West to free agency. A new ownership group would have to find a way to put more people in the seats to make this franchise profitable.
Do you think this ownership group would work hard to keep the Hornets in New Orleans? Or is this simply the beginning of a process to move the New Orleans Hornets to another city like Seattle or Kansas City?