Amid uncertainty surrounding a proposed renovation to their arena, Suns owner Robert Sarver said Thursday that he is fully committed to keeping the team in Phoenix.
Sarver put out a video message via Twitter a day after a Phoenix City Council vote to approve $230 million in renovations was postponed to next month.
“I am 100 percent all-in in keeping this team right here where we stand,” Sarver said. “And I want to make sure that message comes across crystal clear to every one of you.”
The Arizona Republic reported Wednesday that Sarver recently called a council member and said he would take the team to Seattle or Las Vegas if the arena deal doesn’t go through.
But Sarver looked to rebut that idea in his message.
“The Phoenix Suns are not leaving Phoenix,” the owner said. “I am 100 percent committed and have been for the last four years to find a solution to keep them in downtown Phoenix where they belong.”
Along with the stadium improvements, Sarver said the team is looking to build a “first-class” practice facility.
The renovation vote has been rescheduled for Jan. 23 so residents can attend five public meetings to be held around Phoenix to discuss the project.
The deal would revamp the nearly 30-year-old arena, the oldest in the NBA that is not currently being renovated.
The Suns agreed to a 40-year lease in 1992, but the deal included a provision for the team to opt out at 30 years.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
Source : ESPN