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SuperSonics trial winding down in Seattle

SEATTLE - The Sonics are wrapping up the trial in Seattle over the KeyArena lease that may determine when they may move to Oklahoma City.

Closing arguments are scheduled Thursday in Seattle's federal court lawsuit that seeks to force the team to play in the arena for the two years remaining on the lease.  Sonics owner Clay Bennett wants to buy out the lease and complete the move that has already been approved by the NBA.

Owners led by Bennett bought the team in 2006 for $350 million. They say they decided to move the franchise after the city and state failed to support plans for a new arena.

The city is asking U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman to enforce the lease, hoping two more years gives the city time to keep the Sonics or another NBA team in Seattle.

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