--According to reports, Gonzaga point guard Jeremy Pargo, who will work out for the Sonics, is considered one of the players who improved his draft stock during the pre-draft camp in Orlando, displaying a strong ability to get to the basket and either finish or find the open man.
However, Pargo will not be a guaranteed first-round selection. The junior could improve his draft status by going back to play for the Zags next season and working on his perimeter shooting and decision-making skills.
Pargo hasn't signed with an agent and has until June 16 to decide whether to return to school.
"In all our discussions, and I don't want to speak for Jannero (New Orlean Hornets player Jannero Pargo, Jeremy's brother), but I feel we're on the same page. He needs to be a first-round pick," said Gonzaga coach Mark Few, who flew from Spokane to offer support to Pargo. "But if he comes back (to school), he can be on a really, really good basketball team and be in a position to have a great year with a lot of attention. With the schedule we have and what he's done so far, (he has) a chance to be a first-team All-American."
--The City of Seattle and the Sonics seem headed for a June 16 trial date, which could determine if the team will stay in Seattle for two more seasons. The NBA Board of Governors approved the team's application for relocation to Oklahoma City during its meeting in April. However, the city of Seattle filed a lawsuit to force the Sonics to honor a specific performance clause in the team's lease with KeyArena, stating the team must play all of its home games there for the remainder of the lease. The KeyArena lease ends September 2010.
The Sonics offered $26.5 million to buy its way out of the last two years of the lease in February, but the city rejected the offer. No other offer has been made by the Sonics with about four weeks left before the trial.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"He's an exceptional talent. There's not too many of him that come along quite often. Playing with him would be a dream come true from a point guard's standpoint because it takes a lot of load off my plate -- give him the ball and let him create with it." -- University of Arizona product Jerryd Bayless, considered the frontrunner to be chosen No. 4 by the Sonics, on the possibility of playing with Seattle's Kevin Durant.
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