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League owners expected to vote Tuesday

The rugged Western Conference will get tougher with the addition of the Hornets in 2004-05.

Updated: April 9, 2003, 11:16 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

The rugged Western Conference should only get rougher in the 2004-05 season if league owners, as expected, approve the NBA's plan to move the New Orleans Hornets to the West to make room for the forthcoming expansion franchise in Charlotte.

A vote on the proposal is scheduled Tuesday at the NBA Board of Governors meetings in New York, ESPN.com has learned, after a committee formed to recommend one franchise for relocation to the West settled on the Hornets. Once a committee recommendation ...

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