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Walker says franchise might explore options

SEATTLE -- If the city and the Legislature don't respond to
requests to upgrade Key Arena by the end of the 2006 legislative
session, the Seattle SuperSonics will begin entertaining offers
from other cities, team chief executive Wally Walker says.
Walker made the comments Monday, after the Seattle City Council
made clear it would not complete its information-gathering process
with regard to potential renovation of the arena until February.
That leaves the Sonics little time to put together a financing
package to present in Olympia; the legislative session begins in
January.
If lawmakers don't consider the issue next term, the next chance
for resolution would be in 2007, Walker said -- too close to the
team's 2010 lease expiration for comfort.
"If the city can't make up its mind whether they want us here
past 2010, then we have to look at all our options," Walker told
The News Tribune of Tacoma.
Last year, lawmakers rejected a request to finance a $200
million Key Arena expansion.
Other cities interested in landing an NBA franchise include
Kansas City, Mo.; Oklahoma City; Anaheim, Calif.; and Las Vegas.