Suns CEO says team won’t move to Seattle

Tanya Simon
December 16, 2018

Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver is reportedly considering relocating his National Basketball Association franchise to Las Vegas or Seattle unless his current city agrees to cover $150 million of a $230 million renovation at the team's current arena.

"First and foremost, the Phoenix Suns aren't leaving Phoenix", Sarver stated.

"I'm 100 percent committed ... to find a solution to keep them in downtown Phoenix where they belong", Sarver said in a social media post.

He added, "We should renovate the Talking Stick Resort Arena and once again restore it to a world-class facility".

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Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver has threatened to relocate the team if the city doesn't help pay for arena renovations.

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'He's so tight he squeaks when he walks, ' she continued. However, there has been a growing uncertainty surrounding a proposed renovation to the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The deal would revamp the almost 30-year-old arena, the oldest in the National Basketball Association that is not now being renovated.

"Mr. Sarver has done nothing to improve this team in the 14 years he's owned it, ' said Greta Rogers, who was responding to a $150 million proposal to renovate the Suns" arena, ostensibly, to persuade to remain in Phoenix. The Republic noted Thursday that Sarver didn't name the two cities that had been suggested and instead he just assumed it would be Seattle or Las Vegas. "The question is when is Robert Sarver going to bring an National Basketball Association team to Phoenix".

Wednesday there was a scheduled vote planned by the city council on the funding plan, but was delayed until January 23.

"Sarver's talking about moving", an unidentified council member told Roberts after speaking with the National Basketball Association owner.

Team President Jason Rowley stated: "The team was not engaged in any discussion with Seattle, Las Vegas or any other city for that matter". Though, it does comes with Phoenix boasting a league-worst 4-24 record on the season.

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