Stern: Sonics to leave Seattle; Hornets could stay in New Orleans

Updated: February 16, 2008, 10:29 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- Sorry Seattle, there is no saving your Sonics.

That's the feeling of NBA commissioner David Stern, who said Saturday he expects the Seattle SuperSonics to leave the city, either this year or when their lease expires in 2010.

"It's apparent to all who are watching that the Sonics are heading out of Seattle," Stern said during his annual All-Star Weekend news conference. "I accept that inevitability at this point. There is no miracle here."

Stern revealed he encouraged ...

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