We just learned that attorneys for former Sonics owner Howard Schultz today filed the expected lawsuit against the current Oklahoma-based ownership group. Schultz is claiming the Oklahoma owners did not act in good faith when trying to secure a new arena deal to replace KeyArena in Seattle, and he is attempting to rescind the July 2006 sale in order to get the team back.
Meanwhile, by now you’ve all heard that Slade Gorton is now open to settlement talks with the Sonics and the NBA as long as the league guarantees the city of Seattle a replacement team.
One last thing, Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor had some nice things to say about Oklahoma City getting approval from NBA owners to become home to the Sonics. Taylor said what’s good for OKC is good for Tulsa.
“It really puts Oklahoma on a national map, and that’s what’s important. And it continues to grow the economy of Oklahoma City, which helps Tulsa,” Taylor said. “We are the two most significant contributors to the state economy. Anything that we can do to help Oklahoma City’s economy expand is good for Tulsa.”