Could the NBA return to the Kansas City metro area?

There's growing belief that it's possible due to the growing momentum of Kansas City, an NBA Scout says.

“I think it’s growing," said Jarrett Sutton, an NBA scout for the Dallas Mavericks and former player at the University of Missouri. "You have the Street Car, the airport. You see the success of the pro franchises here.”

Sutton recently tweeted that an NBA Assistant General Manager is optimistic about the return of the NBA to Kansas City.

“Kansas City is a terrific city that nobody knows about," Sutton tweeted, attributing the quote to the assistant GM. "A hidden gem in the Midwest. It’s a hell of a market and a great sports town. It makes way too much sense when the league decides to expand. No brainer.”

If Kansas City were to receive an NBA franchise team or if another team moved to the metro, one immediate idea for a name? The Monarchs.

Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro League Museum, says they own the name. He thinks it would keep the former Negro Leagues Baseball team’s legacy alive.

“I think this would add if it were to happen even more relevancy to it. I was saying it would mean a great deal potential he for the Negro Leagues Baseball museum," Kendrick said.

Sutton and his team are having conversations with city leaders. KCTV5 reached out to the Kansas City Sports Commission to get their thoughts, but calls were not returned.

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