VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- After six years of losing hundreds of games on the court and millions of dollars at the bank, the Grizzlies look ready to leave Vancouver -- possibly as early as next season.
NBA commissioner David Stern met with team owner Michael Heisley in Washington on Monday and agreed that, considering the money the team is losing, it's time to for the Grizzlies to find a new home.
"We've agreed to assist Mr. Heisley in exploring what other North American cities might be appropriate for the Grizzlies to relocate to," Stern said.
It didn't take long for potential U.S. homes to begin wooing the Grizzlies.
New Orleans, which once lost the Jazz to Salt Lake City, was first to show interest. Doug Thornton, general manager of the New Orleans Arena, said officials plan to contact Heisley.
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