Sunday , Jan , 20 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Mark Cuban: Does Seattle Even Want Supersonics?


Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was frank when asked about what Seattle can do to keep the SuperSonics.

“The big question is, does Seattle even want the team?” Cuban said between gasps for air while working out and talking with reporters. “If they want them, they have to figure out a way for them to stay. And if they don’t, it’s just a question of where (the Sonics go).

“I’d love to see them in Seattle. It’s a great city with great fans. It’s just a shame. But I guess sometimes the rain gets to people.”

Sonics chairman Clay Bennett applied to relocate the team to Oklahoma City in November. However, the team is tied up in litigation in federal court with the City of Seattle over a dispute with the KeyArena lease agreement.

Cuban said the issue boils down to the Sonics having a constrained lease arrangement that hamstrings the team’s ability to generate revenue locally. [Click here for more from the News Tribune.]