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June 11, 2008 11:09 AM

Sonics moved to Oklahoma in the D-League

Posted by Percy Allen

With just five days remaining before Monday's court trial between the city and the Sonics, maybe today's NBA D-League announcements will go unnoticed.

But I got a tip about this a few weeks ago and was never able to get any confirmation from anybody within the two leagues.

Anyway, since 2005 the Sonics were assigned to the Idaho Stampede along with the Portland Trail Blazers, which made sense because of the proximity of the Northwest teams.

Today, the league re-assigned the Sonics to the Tulsa 66ers in Oklahoma.

The league made note of several new developments in today's announcement, but did not highlight the change with the Sonics.

On the surface, the re-assignments makes no sense because the teams assigned to Idaho are the Blazers and the Toronto Raptors, which is about 2,000 miles away.

The Sonics will share the 66ers with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Clearly the NBA, which approved Clay Bennett's bid to move the Soncis to Oklahoma City, fully expects the Sonics will no longer play in Seattle.

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