Reputable local news outlets have been ablaze with speculation that Steve Ballmer's recent big-dough Microsoft stock cash-out means he's freeing up loot to buy the NBA's Sacramento Kings and relocate them to Seattle. Granted, Ballmer was part of a group of wealthy businessmen who made an 11th-hour effort to buy the Sonics before they fled to Oklahoma City, the Kings are in trouble due to lackluster public response to their desire for a new arena (sound familiar, Seattle?), and it was ultimately determined that the rumor was a dud. But one could argue, based on remarks NBA Commissioner David Stern made a little more than two weeks ago, that it shouldn't have gotten any traction in the first place.
But, hey, as long as the Sonicsgate guys keep traveling to Portland whenever the Thunder visit (that) town, the dream is alive, albeit on life support.