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January 8, 2008 9:16 PM

Storm to help Sonics?

Posted by Jayda Evans

Now that the Storm has been sold to four local women, the question is whether they'll campaign to help the Sonics remain in Seattle. The women want to help, but said they aren't going to be forceful.

'I know that the city, state and public will all be pleased that this deal happened," said Anne Levinson, who's one of the new owners. "It will send a good message. If there's something we can do, we will certainly do that. We were very careful in the way we went about this because the Sonics situation was so fluid, we didn't want to do anything to disrupt that. In our agreement, we were very careful to structure it in such a way that whatever path things took, we could secure the Storm's future, but in doing so, we wouldn't diminish the ability for the Sonics to have a successful future here also."

Meanwhile the announcement caused public officials to litter mailboxes with released statements. City Attorney Tom Carr praised the sale of the Storm to local investors, expressing thanks to Sonics owner Clay Bennett for taking the important step.

"I view this as an incredible act of good faith on Mr. Bennett's part," Carr said. "He could have used the Storm as leverage, but instead chose to help preserve their basketball heritage in Seattle. I hope that this bodes well for the future relationship between the Professional Basketball Club and the City of Seattle."

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