Report: Suns owner threatens to move team to Seattle or Vegas

The Phoenix Suns have been considered one of the NBA’s worst-run franchises since Robert Sarver purchased the team in 2004. His track record of cost-cutting moves and questionable hires dropped the Suns from a West contender to a perpetual bottom dweller.

Still, he wants a newly renovated arena. And he wants public money to fund a majority of the project. He’s apparently threatening to move the Suns out of Phoenix if he doesn’t get his way.

Via The Arizona Republic:

Sources tell me City Manager Ed Zuercher is hoping the City Council will agree to postpone the vote, rather than potentially suffering a lopsided defeat that could kill future prospects for a deal.

Meanwhile, Sarver is telling city officials that he may take the team to Seattle or Las Vegas, one source told me.

As of Wednesday, the city council vote for a $230 million renovation of the 26-year-old Talking Stick Resort Arena hit a snag. The arena deal already had three “no” confirmed votes – one more dissenting vote would kill the project. The mayor planned to ask for a delay in the vote, aiming at Jan. 23.

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