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News from around the NBA

A few news items related to the Sonics, former Sonics, general NBA, or in one case a new NBA General Manager.

It seems as though we are in the calm before the storm. Not a lot of news worthy things from the NBA in general and on the Sonics specifically, with a few exceptions I've clipped below. Click through to read the full articles.

Ballmer says now is time for NBA to come back to Seattle; NBA committee meeting Monday - The Washington Post
SEATTLE — Microsoft Chairman Steve Ballmer, part of the group attempting to purchase the Sacramento Kings and move them to Seattle, said Thursday he believes “there will never be a better opportunity” than now to bring back professional basketball to the Puget Sound.

Allen sets threes record for Heat | NBA | The Seattle Times
Ageless Ray Allen scored 23 points, setting the NBA career playoff record for three-pointers in the process, and LeBron James had seven of his 22 points during a decisive run that closed out the third quarter — and maybe the Milwaukee Bucks. The Heat's 104-91 victory Thursday night gave the defending champions a 3-0 lead, with a chance to complete the sweep Sunday afternoon at the Bradley Center.

Knee Injury Will Sideline Westbrook « | Hang Time Blog
Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbook has a torn meniscus in his right knee and will undergo surgery to correct it in the upcoming days. His return for the playoffs is possible, but uncertain.

Curry-Thompson: Best Shooting Pair Ever? « | Hang Time Blog
Not the greatest backcourt shooting tandem in the game today. Warriors coach Mark Jackson wanted to be clear he did not mean that. Not even the tempered analysis of having the potential to be the greatest ever. Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson form the best pairing of shooters at guard in NBA history. Period.

Saunders Likely Back In Minny, Kahn Out « | Hang Time Blog
Former NBA head coach Flip Saunders is expected to return to the Minnesota Timberwolves as the team’s next president of basketball operations, has learned. Saunders, 58, has been negotiating a contract that, with option years, could run through the 2017-18 season and could be worth more than $9 million over the full five years, according to league sources who requested anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the hiring. The move, which could become official as soon as next week, would end David Kahn‘s controversial tenure after four seasons and an 89-223 record during which the Timberwolves’ failure to reach the playoffs stretched to nine consecutive seasons. Kahn’s contract includes a team option for 2013-14 that will not be exercised.