The NBA has given its blessing for Seattle to host a charity game involving current and former NBA players at KeyArena on Saturday July 23.

It’s the first time the NBA has approved such an event in Seattle since the SuperSonics were moved to Oklahoma City in 2008.

Almost a year in the making, the game will benefit A PLUS Youth Program. Some of the players that came by Thursday to show their support for the game included Aaron Brooks, Spencer Hawes, Isaiah Thomas and Mike Dickerson. More players will be announced in the coming weeks.

"We want it to sell out," said Tavio Hobson, Executive Director of A PLUS. "We want as many people that are passionate about Seattle men’s basketball to come out and support. These players are all giving back to a community that most of them came from."

NBA fans in Seattle might see this as a perfect chance to demonstrate their support for a future franchise to return to the city.

"Just to have the local NBA guys come back and play in front of the fans is just a great opportunity,” said former Husky point guard Isaiah Thomas, who’s preparing for the upcoming NBA Draft.

"It’s supporting a cause that the players are really passionate about, and that’s youth development — not just in the basketball realm, but education in life development," Hobson said.