Sonics will remain in Seattle for 2007-08 season

SEATTLE -- Even if a new arena proposal doesn't win the
support of Washington state lawmakers, the Seattle SuperSonics will
be in the Pacific Northwest for at least one more season.

The Sonics will not file paperwork with the NBA to potentially
relocate the franchise by the NBA's March 1 deadline, team
spokesman Tom Savage confirmed Thursday night.

Owner Clay Bennett has said that if state lawmakers do not agree
to help fund a $500 million new arena in the south Seattle suburb
of Renton, he would relocate the team, possibly to Oklahoma City,
where he is a prominent businessman.

But it won't happen until the 2008-09 season at the earliest.

"They have no intention on filing," Savage said.