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Pacers to Vancouver? Canucks Owner Makes Pitch To Simon

Kevin NesgodaCorrespondent IMay 8, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09:  Danny Granger #33 of the Indiana Pacers reacts after fouling out of the game during the second half in a 121-119 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on January 9, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Rumors are starting to spread that Francesco Aquilini, owner of the NHLโ€™s Vancouver Canucks, is reportedly expressing interest in purchasing the Indiana Pacers and moving the team to Vancouver, B.C.

Pacers co-owner Herb Simon is working as hard as he can to work out a new arena deal with the Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board and says he doesnโ€™t want to see Indy without an NBA team.

Simon, could be using Aquilini as leverage against the Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board.

But former Sonics owner Howard Schultz also used Clay Bennett as leverage against the Washington State Legislature. And now the Sonics no longer exist.

More to come as I get more information.

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