The NBA is going to take over the New Orleans Hornets after owner George Shinn failed to sell the team. Apparently, Shinn doesn't have the money to keep the team going.
The Hornets are also falling below the required attendance New Orleans needs to keep them in a lease. The Hornets need to average 14,735 by the end of January 31. If they don't, the team can get out of their lease for just a $10 million penalty. The club would have to let them know by March 31, 2011 that they wish to end the lease.
So that leaves another team, potentially, looking for a new home. Yes, you still have Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer with 2 billion dollars in cash burning in his pocket. When Seattle stopped their "Scorched Earth" Policy with David Stern (his words, not ours), maybe that will allow the door to open for the NBA to return to Seattle.
Although, wouldn't that be weird if the Hornets moved to Seattle? They were the club that temporarily moved to OKC and showed the NBA they would support a franchise. That led Stern to allow Clay "Bubba" Bennett to "steal" the Sonics and take them to OKC. Maybe if a deal happens, we could swap the Hornets for the Zombie Sonics. But getting Chris Paul and the Hornets would be all right with me. Another Sonics Hoop Dream that may never come true, but it is fun to dream.