A couple of stories this morning about Gary Payton's comments regarding the return of the Sonics to Seattle.
The most noteworthy quote comes courtesy of the Associated Press:
"I think before 2011 a team will be here," Payton said.
The SSS HOFer mentioned he had been in contact with former Sonics and Seattle City Council contender James Donaldson about co-ownership of a potential team, as well as other former NBA players. Sadly, Bart Kofoed could not be reached for comment in time for the story.
Donaldson, however, took a less rosy view of Payton's timeline. "Probably within the next 5-10 years realistically," Donaldson told the Times' Percy Allen. "Three years might be overly optimistic unless everything really lines up and plays out just perfectly."