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NBA approves Sonics move to Oklahoma City

Associated Press - April 18, 2008 3:35 PM ET

NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA has approved moving the Sonics to Oklahoma City.

NBA Commissioner David Stern says there were only two votes against the move at today's meeting in New York - Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks and Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen.

The timing of the Sonics move depends on the outcome of Seattle's lawsuit that aims to force the team to play out two years remaining on the Key Arena lease. That case goes to trial in June 16 in Seattle.

Some hope that postponing the move for two years would force owner Clay Bennett to sell to a local group led by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. His group had offered to buy the team and to pay for half a $300 renovation of the Key Arena.

Bennett was unable to line up support from the city of Seattle and state for a new arena that would have kept the team in Seattle.

The Sonics finished their 41st season this week with their worst record, only 20 wins.

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