Que­bec group tak­ing shot at NBA ex­pan­sion team for Mon­treal

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Que­bec group wants to bring an NBA team to Mon­treal even though the league has no cur­rent plans to ex­pand.

The busi­ness group is led by former fed­eral cabi­net min­is­ter and sen­a­tor Michael Fortier. He said Wed­nes­day he has spo­ken with NBA Com­mis­sioner Adam Sil­ver, adding that his group has ``taken the de­ci­sion to pre­pare for when ex­pan­sion does take place.'' The group has been meet­ing with po­ten­tial Cana­dian and for­eign in­vestors.

Fortier es­ti­mated a fran­chise would cost $1.5 bil­lion to $2 bil­lion, but no pub­lic fund­ing would be re­quired. He says Mon­treal Cana­di­ens owner Geoff Mol­son is open to an NBA team play­ing at the NHL club's Bell Cen­tre.

The favourite for an NBA ex­pan­sion team is Seattle, which lost the Su­person­ics to Ok­la­homa City in 2008.

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