Kevin Shockey, producer of the Ian Furness Show, works in a radio booth at sports radio station KJR in Seattle, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, next to a sign that reads "Bring 'Em Back!" in reference to the Seattle SuperSonics NBA basketball team, which were sold and moved to Oklahoma City in 2008. Phone lines at the station were full as fans reacted to the news that the Maloof family, owners of the Sacramento Kings, had agreed to sell the team to a Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen.
A sign for KeyArena appears near the Space Needle, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Seattle. KeyArena would host NBA basketball games for two seasons if a team returns to Seattle as was reported likely on Monday, while a new permanent facility is built south of downtown Seattle. The Maloof family has agreed to sell the Sacramento Kings to a Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen, the league confirmed in a statement Monday morning.
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Nearly five years after their colors, banners and history were packed away into storage and their franchise relocated, the SuperSonics are one significant step closer to returning to Seattle. And the Kings are on the edge of leaving Sacramento. All that appears to stand in the way now is approval by NBA owners.