Stars to move from San Antonio to Las Vegas

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The owner of the WNBA's San Antonio Stars has an agreement in place with a buyer who plans to move the team to Las Vegas, a source told ESPN's Michael C. Wright on Thursday night.

Without specifying the potential Las Vegas buyer, Spurs Sports & Entertainment sent out a message to fans on Twitter,?offering its "deepest gratitude" to team employees and fans while saying the organization and the WNBA have been in negotiations with a buyer to purchase and relocate the Stars.

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 partners who have supported the team over the last 15 years.

The San Antonio Express-News and the Associated Press reported the Stars' potential sale earlier.

Before coming to San Antonio, the Utah Starzz launched in the summer of 1997.

If this deal and relocation is approved by the Board of Governors, it would make the Stars the second professional team in the growing Vegas area. They played in Salt Lake City for six seasons, then moved to San Antonio for the 2003 season and were called the Silver Stars, which was later shortened to Stars. This obviously includes the NBA's San Antonio Spurs. They haven't had a winning season since 2012 and haven't reached the playoffs since 2014.

The NBA may eventually put a team in Las Vegas, as the stigma attached to having teams and pro athletes call the gambling capital of the world home is slowly being removed. 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.

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