Oklahoma City Thunder: Basketball's return to Seattle could have affected Thunder pocketbook
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The Sonics history, which technically belongs to the Thunder, is expected to be released and returned to Seattle. That means the team's historical statistics, championships, records and retired jersey numbers likely will be transferred to a future Seattle franchise.
The Sonics' championship trophy and banner, which was left in a museum in Seattle, would be polished off and re-hung once the city gets the NBA back.