From news services The Seattle SuperSonics’ new owner told the NBA on Friday he plans to move the team to Oklahoma City. Clay Bennett had set a Wednesday deadline for having a plan to replace KeyArena, which he says is outdated. He and the city are in a dispute about the arena lease. He has until March 1 to file for relocation with the NBA if he wants the team to play the 2008-09 season anywhere besides Seattle. The Sonics are the city’s oldest major professional sports franchise. Bennett briefly backed off his deadline, not wanting to distract from the start of the season. He watched Thursday night’s home opener against Phoenix from his suite, spending most of the second half chatting with Hall of Famer Bill Russell while fans chanted “Save our Sonics!” during the game. “Today we notified Commissioner (David) Stern that we intend to relocate the Sonics to Oklahoma City if we succeed in the pending litigation with the city, or are able to negotiate an early lease termination, or at the end of the lease term,” Bennett said in a statement. NBA spokesman Tim Frank confirmed the league received notice and is referring the matter to the owners’ relocation committee. Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire said the latest development was “no surprise” and the state will “continue to work with others on the arduous process” of keeping the Sonics and the WNBA’s Storm. Thomas, Sharpton to meet today Isiah Thomas and Al Sharpton will hold a joint press conference today, about a month after Sharpton threatened to lead protests against Madison Square Garden for remarks the Knicks’ coach made about using derogatory language toward women. A taped deposition played during a sexual harassment trial against Thomas and MSG showed the coach saying he made a distinction between a white man and a black one using the word `bitch’ toward a black woman. Thomas has repeatedly sought to clarify the remarks, saying he feels it’s wrong for any male to use that language. After Thomas and MSG lost in the trial, Sharpton said his National Action Network would protest Knicks home games unless Thomas apologized. Thomas and Sharpton spoke over the phone, with the coach stressing that the tape was edited in a manner that misconstrued his remarks. Duncan likely a Spur for life San Antonio announced that Tim Duncan has signed a contract extension that likely means the NBA superstar will end his career in Texas. The Spurs, citing club policy, didn’t release any specifics, calling it a “multiyear contract extension.” It has been widely reported that it is a two-year, $40 million extension that will keep Duncan in San Antonio at least through the 2011-12 season.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!