Is Pistons’ move downtown in jeopardy?

The Detroit Pistons are planning to be in a new arena in the heart of the city in time for the 2017-18 season, but it appears the move may have hit a snag.

According to Piston Powered:

A lawsuit filed in federal court on June 1st may end up proving to be more than a mere nuisance, as the NBA’s upcoming board meeting may be hard pressed to approve the move if there are outstanding financial issues.

Per the Detroit Free Press, Campbell stated in a sworn affidavit that the lawsuit (filed by activist Robert Davis and City Clerk candidate D. Etta Wilcoxon) might hamper the team’s plans to be housed in the arena in time for the preseason in October. The lawsuit claims that the Little Caesars Arena project should not be funded with public funds without the residents of the city of Detroit voting on it.

The Pistons have been playing home games in the Palace of Auburn Hills, about 30-minute drive north of the city.

As Piston Powered pointed out, the NBA will hold its board meeting on July 11. No team is permitted to relocate without approval from the board of governors.