WNBA's San Antonio Stars have deal for Las Vegas relocation

San Antonio Stars announce move to Las Vegas

It's been a trudge ever since, with the last winning record coming in 2012 and the organization off a last-place finish to the tune of 8-26.

ESPN reported Friday that the San Antonio Stars of the Women's NBA will be sold to an undisclosed buyer who will relocate the team to Las Vegas for the 2018 season, citing unnamed sources.

The Stars' ownership group issued a statement Thursday night on the team's Twitter account confirming the existence of ongoing negotiations. This was an extremely difficult decision as all of us at SS&E are proud of what the Stars have accomplished on the court and in the San Antonio community.

The Stars are one of five pro teams owned and operated by Spurs Sports & Entertainment, including San Antonio's NBA team. This obviously includes the NBA's San Antonio Spurs.

The Stars were among the WNBA's original eight teams, spending their first six seasons as the Utah Starzz before moving to San Antonio in 2002.

Last year, the Stars were awarded the No. 1 pick in the WNBA Draft and selected Washington's Kelsey Plum. The relocation didn't come until 2003, however. Their last playoff appearance was in 2014, when current Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon played her final season with the Stars. After finishing with the league's worst record again this season, they have the best odds to land the top pick again in the upcoming WNBA draft lottery.

"We've been ready to meet with them for quite some time, so we are just trying to make sure that the commissioner's schedule aligns", Nirenberg said.

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