The Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to a six-year lease extension at the Bradley Center, which means, according to SBNation, that “the clock is ticking” for a new arena to be built. I’d have thought it meant it was ticking more slowly, but apparently given the fact that Bradley Center chairman Marc Marotta called his own building “aging” and “not financially stable enough to support a multiyear lease” without $18 million in new private sponsorships that will help pay for new arena restaurants and the like, the Bucks signing their longest lease extension ever means that they’re even more eager to move, or something.
In any event, it’s enough for Seattle news outlets to be noting with alarm that the Bucks are off the table for a quick move to their town. If Chris Hansen wants to get an NBA team anytime soon, it’s looking increasingly likely that it’ll have to be the Sacramento Kings. Which the Maloof brothers surely know, and will take into account when setting their sale price, if they even have a sale price. No wonder Hansen has been talking about waiting for expansion instead.