Tuesday , Apr , 22 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Sonics Will Stay in Northwest Division Despite Move to Oklahoma

According to league sources, the NBA will not realign any divisions or teams to accommodate the relocation of the Sonics to Oklahoma City. Whenever the team lands in Oklahoma, either next season or in 2010, it will continue in its current division, which includes Utah, Portland, Minnesota and Denver.

Although Oklahoma City is geographically closest to Southwest Division teams — Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Memphis and New Orleans — the league isn’t interested in undoing the system’s current balance by adding a sixth team to the division. The 30-team NBA has six five-team divisions. [NewsOK.com]