The Washington governor called on the NBA Tuesday to put off a vote on moving the Seattle SuperSonics to Oklahoma City.
Team owners are meeting this week in New York City. A vote is expected Friday.
In a letter, Gov. Christine Gregoire asked NBA Commissioner David Stern and the owners to put off a vote "until the many complicated legal and financial matters can be worked out.”
"We ask that relocation be rejected or in the alternative that no decision be made at this time on relocation of our team,” she wrote.
NBA spokesman Tim Frank said the vote is still on the league meeting agenda.
The letter also was signed by two Washington legislative leaders, a King County official and the Seattle city council president.
Read Gregoire's letter to the NBA