The Golden State Warriors plan to host the first NBA game in Seattle since the SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City following the 2007-08 season, sources told ESPN.
While the Portland Trail Blazers held an open scrimmage in 2010 at Seattle’s Garfield High School, the alma mater of then-star Brandon Roy, the last official NBA game in Seattle was the Sonics’ final home game on April 13, 2008.
In 2013, the NBA board of governors voted against a proposal for an investment group led by Chris Hansen to purchase the Kings and move them to Seattle. Instead, the team was sold to a group headed by Vivek Ranadive that oversaw the construction of a new downtown arena in Sacramento.
The city of Seattle recently approved a proposal by the Oak View Group to rebuild KeyArena, the Sonics’ home before their move, into a larger venue capable of hosting NBA and NHL teams. Because the rebuild is scheduled to begin in October, the preseason game would potentially have to be played at a different location in Seattle.
“Hopefully pretty soon,” Millsap told reporters, according to the Denver Post. “It feels good now. We’ll see how it feels in the morning or after [Thursday’s] practice, and we’ll go from there. My intention was to come right back after the All-Star break and get into it, but we have to be smart about it. This was my first practice today, full contact, and I have to be smart about my wrist and my body.”
The Nuggets signed Millsap this past offseason, giving the former All-Star a three-year, $90 million deal. He averaged 15.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists before the wrist injury sidelined him after a Nov. 19 game.
Denver has played well without him, holding the sixth seed in the Western Conference with a 32-26 record coming out of the All-Star break. That success without Millsap affords coach Michael Malone the chance to ease Millsap back into the rotation, whenever he’s cleared to play.
“It’s a big gut-check and a big win for us,” Middleton said. “This is the best team in the East and we proved that we could beat them on the road.”
DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points for the Raptors, who had won five straight home games against the Bucks, and 15 of the past 17 meetings.
Toronto also eliminated Milwaukee in the opening round of last year’s playoffs. The teams will not meet again in the regular season.
Serge Ibaka had 18 points, and Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam each scored 17 for Toronto.