Many of Oklahoma City's new NBA team's 125 employees will remain in Seattle through the end of the WNBA season, the Seattle Times is reporting. When team chairman Clay Bennett sold the Seattle Storm for $10 million earlier this year, the sale agreement required the NBA to provide the WNBA team with support staff this season, the Times reports.
The WNBA regular season ends in mid-September, and the playoffs extend through October. NBA training camps begin in early October, and the regular season typically begins around Oct. 31. According to the Times, every employee will receive a bonus for staying with the team the past two years, and any employee who chooses not to move will receive severance pay. Anyone who chooses to relocate to Oklahoma also can negotiate a relocation package. Team vice president Brian Byrnes has already left Seattle for Oklahoma City, according to the Times, and Bennett said last Wednesday that interim team president Danny Barth and general manager Sam Presti will oversee the franchise's relocation. Bennett said the team, in conjunction with the Greater OKC Chamber, will hold a job fair later this summer to fill any vacancies left by employees who decide to remain in Seattle.