By Mike Sherman
Could Seattle’s resolve for making the Sonics play out the final two years of their lease in the Emerald City be weakening? Former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton — that’s Slade “Scorched Earth” Gorton to David Stern — leads the Seattle legal team in its federal lawsuit against the Sonics.
Gorton tells the Seattle Post-Intelligencer he’s willing to talk settlement if it includes a promise that Seattle will get an NBA team when it gets its KeyArena act together. Interesting.
This story comes a few days after two King County officials said the city has no business suing the team and would be better off working toward getting an arena deal and another NBA team.
Obviously, it’s a little early to start the OKC ticket sales, but the prospects of a June 16 trial date and a lame-duck season or seasons in Seattle no longer seem as inevitable