Sorry Seattle, there is no saving your Sonics.
That's the feeling of NBA commissioner David Stern, who said Saturday that he expects the SuperSonics to leave the city, either this year or when their lease expires in 2010.
"It's apparent to all who are watching that the Sonics are heading out of Seattle," Stern said during his annual All-Star weekend news conference. "I accept that inevitability at this point. There is no miracle here."
Stern revealed he has encouraged the SuperSonics to make an offer to the city to buy out the remaining two years of the lease to Key Arena. He said the offer approached $30-million and was rejected.
Sonics owner Clay Bennett and his predecessor, Howard Schultz, have both said the Sonics couldn't remain in Seattle without public funding for a new arena. But despite the efforts of both, Stern and a group of fans, state lawmakers have given no indication that is a priority.
Bennett has informed the league he plans to move the team to his hometown of Oklahoma City after this season. The move is on hold after the city filed a lawsuit against the team, attempting to make it fulfill the terms of the lease.
Hawks get Bibby: The Hawks, trying balance their backcourt and make a playoff push, traded for guard Mike Bibby.
Hawks coach Mike Woodson said Bibby, acquired from the Kings for four players Saturday, will provide scoring help for Joe Johnson. Atlanta's All-Star shooting guard often faces gimmick defenses because he's the team's only outside threat.
"There's another option now," Woodson said. "It'll be like a one-two punch in the backcourt."
Bibby has averaged 16.7 points for his career and is making more than 36 percent of his 3-point shots for the ninth straight year.
The Hawks sent starting point guard Anthony Johnson, 2007 first-round pick Shelden Williams, backup point guard Tyronn Lue, veteran forward Lorenzen Wright and a 2008 second-round pick to the Kings.
The trade is pending league approval and physicals.