Phoenix Suns forward Marcus Morris and players on the bench celebrate after he scored in the final seconds of an National Basketball Association game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Los Angeles. The NBA's return to Seattle would be welcomed, but it would likely be through expansion rather than relocation. Most team owners would respond to this by doing some groundwork, talking to council members, and selling a city on why they need to upgrade the arena.
The Suns' current lease runs through 2032, but includes a provision that gives the franchise the chance to opt out in 2022 if the arena is considered "obsolete".
Unfortunately for the Suns, it doesn't seem like they have the votes in the city council.
The Emerald City will get plenty of competition from Las Vegas, though, as the Nevada attraction is quickly becoming a pro sports hotbed.
The Suns have attempted to get the city council to consider a renovation in the past, but this is the first time the council has seriously considered a proposal. The city would be reportedly on the hook for $150 million of the renovations, with the Suns chipping in $80 million of their own.
Although city leaders have been talking with the Suns for about three years, negotiations have taken place behind closed doors in executive session. Any costs beyond $230 million would also be funded by the Suns.
Councilwomen Laura Pastor and Debra Stark reportedly asked to postpone this afternoon's 2:30 p.m. vote.
Suns president and CEO Jason Rowley released a statement on the matter later Wednesday, saying the goal is to keep the team in the city.
Suns owner Robert Sarver is pushing for the city to join him in paying for a renovation of Talking Stick Resort Arena, which is where the Suns play their home games.