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NEW YORK -- Clay Bennett, the man who moved Seattle's NBA team to Oklahoma, could have a big role in deciding whether professional basketball returns to the city.

Bennett serves as chairman of the NBA's Relocation Committee, and he's not showing his cards.

I think very highly of Seattle, and hopefully that one day things will work out and Seattle can have a team once again, and we'll see how it goes, he said Thursday during the NBA owners meeting in New York.

Asked directly about Seattle's chances for landing a franchise, Bennett dodged, saying he needed to get to an appointment with an eye doctor.

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