Mavericks Notebook

Oklahoman Published: June 9, 2006
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Cuban on Hornets' future
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Hornets owner George Shinn has not approached him with a proposal regarding permanent relocation of his team from New Orleans to Oklahoma City.

The Hornets are scheduled to play the 2006-07 season in Oklahoma, the second consecutive year in the state after Hurricane Katrina forced them out of Louisiana. While the team is scheduled to return to New Orleans for the 2007-08 season and has a lease that contractually obligates their return, NBA commissioner David Stern has also repeatedly stated that the decision of the team's future will ultimately be up to the league's board of governors, which is comprised by the league's owners.

Thus, if Shinn did want to relocate to Oklahoma City permanently, which he has stated, he would need approval from his fellow owners.

Asked where he thinks the Hornets will be located long-term, Cuban responded: "I don't know to be honest with you. Oklahoma's proven it can support a team, but what will happen, I really don't know. There's so many elements involved that they're not filling me in on and that I don't know about, so I can't even predict.


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