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April 17, 2008 9:08 PM

Paul Allen to abstain?

Posted by Jayda Evans

A source told Elise Woodward, a host on Sports Radio KJR (950 AM), that Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen will abstain from voting on the Sonics' relocation bid. The 30 NBA owners are gathering in New York today and tomorrow to discuss several issues, including majority owner Clay Bennett's wish to move the 41-year-old franchise to his native Oklahoma.

Bennett needs a simple majority, 16 votes, to win approval. So far, only Allen's abstention and Mark Cuban's no-vote and a bunch of possible court proceedings are stopping Bennett.

Anticipating the move, the Sonics have stopped selling season tickets for next year and are discounting all merchandise. Bennett has also received several "sweetheart" deals in Oklahoma to make the transition smoother.

Media has been told to gather at a New York City hotel tomorrow afternoon for a press conference.

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