Report: WNBA franchise is negotiating move to Las Vegas

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The San Antonio Stars of the WNBA are being sold to an undisclosed buyer, and at least one report indicated Thursday night they might be headed to Las Vegas.

The San Antonio Express-News and The Associated Press reported on the possible move while the team announced the negotiations on Twitter. The team is owned by the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA.

“The WNBA and Spurs Sports & Entertainment have been in negotiations with a buyer to purchase and relocate the San Antonio Stars,” the Spurs said. “… On behalf of Spurs Sports & Entertainment ownership, management and staff, we are all very thankful to the wonderful Stars fans, season-ticket members and corporate sponsors who have supported the team over the last 15 years.”

The WNBA released a statement that said the sale talks were progressing but offered no details. Any sale or move would have to be approved by the WNBA Board of Governors.

Members of the Las Vegas-based Maloof family, which previously owned the Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings of the NBA, said Thursday they were not involved in the Stars sale.

A UNLV spokesperson said the university has not been approached about the Thomas & Mack Center becoming the home to a WNBA team, adding that it is always open to evaluating opportunities.

The T&M has hosted the NBA Summer League since 2004.

The Stars are one of the original eight franchises in the WNBA, and moved to San Antonio from Utah after the 2002 season. They reached the WNBA finals in 2008, but have had the worst record in the league for the past three seasons.

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