Everyone keeps on grilling me on the situation in Seattle, namely the blowup of the Sonics' roster and clear intention to rebuild around Kevin Durant and Jeff Green (younger/cheaper/unknown potential) instead of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis (older/expensive/lack of defense).
I stumbled upon a column by Sam Smith with some great points about the understandable intentions of the new Sonics administration:
It's a franchise’s nuclear meltdown, which can only send one message to the people of Seattle: OK, you wouldn't build us an arena. Fine, we're blowing this thing up so when we move we're going to have a young attractive core of talent to sell to our new community.
In sports, it is easier to "save money and offer a stripped down product, which is the way the Clippers always made money" than spend a lot of money and contend for a championship to make large profits.
Remember, at the end of the day, the NBA is simply a business. Just like nearly every other aspect of life, it all comes down to the mighty dollar.