The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe will study a possible arena for the Sonics near a racetrack already on tribal land, according to a report by the Seattle Times.
"Our organization is looking to make sure we're exhausting all our options out there,” said Ralph Morton, executive director of the Seattle Sports Commission, who has met with tribal members earlier this month to discuss a new arena for the Sonics.
But Rollin Fatland, a spokesman for the tribe, said that he has not spoken with Oklahoma City businessman Clay Bennett, who leads the Sonics ownership group.
Bennett has said the Sonics must have a new arena in order to avoid being relocated.
The Muckleshoot Tribe has hired a firm out of Washington, D.C. to look into the project. He did not disclose the study's cost or completion date.