Why the Hawks? The team moved from St. Louis to Atlanta in 1968. Since that time they have yet to advance beyond the second round of the playoffs. There have been four different owners/ownership groups, and in 1985 a move to New Orleans was considered so strongly that 12 “home games” were actually played at Lakefront Arena, and paid for by Louisiana sports promoter and legend Barry Mendelson. The principles in the current ownership group have been involved in power struggles and in-fighting since day one. A 2011 sale of the team – which would have likely kept the team in Atlanta – was nullified during this past off-season’s lockout.
An interesting work of speculation. Supposedly, Christopher Hansen is buying up land in Seattle for the purposes of building an NBA/NHL type arena and the next step would be looking for a tenant. I think it would be more likely that some other team would move to Seattle, but Atlanta Spirit LLC has already ditched the Thrashers, so why not the Hawks next?
The next item of speculation would be what happened to the Atlanta Dream, which would be the sole tenant at Philips Arena. Of course, they could end up relocated to Seattle and form the Seattle Dreaming Storm, with Lauren Jackson, Erika DeSouza, Sue Bird, Angel McCoughtry and your-favorite-player-to-be-named-here.