On July 18th an eight-member group of Oklahoma City-based businessmen led by Clay Bennett join to form the Professional Basketball Club, LLC and agree to purchase the Seattle SuperSonics for $350 million.
On September 21st, Sonics owners file an arbitration demand that would prevent Seattle officials from forcing the Sonics to remain at Key Arena through 2010. A judge later denies the request.
On the 2nd of Novemeber, Sonics owners file a relocation application with the NBA seeking to move the franchise to Oklahoma City.
A New Name
On September 3rd there was a formal announcement at Leadership Square that the Seattle SuperSonics will be called the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Ford Center
On March 14th, Oklahoma City officials sign a letter of intent with the Sonics ownership group, outlining preliminary terms of a 15-year lease agreement for the use of the Ford Center.
First Game As OKC
Thunder plays its first-ever regular-season game and loses 98-87 to Milwaukee at home.
Thunder replaces coach P.J. Carlesimo with assistant Scott Brooks on an interim basis.
Construction for the first phase of the Ford Center’s $100-million renovation.
Oklahoma City Thunder make the playoff for the first time known as the thunder
Brooks agrees to a multi-year contract and formally becomes head coach.
Draft James Harden.
Durant Steps Up
Kevin Durant became the youngest player in league history to win the scoring title, averaging 30.1 points per game while playing in all 82 games.
Thunder goes into playoffs as 4th seed and lose in 3rd round.
Northwest Division champions in the 2010-11 season. 55-27
Durant, Westbrook, Harden, Perkins, and Ibaka made it onto the 2012 All Star ballots.
Making the Finals
Thunder makes it to the finals but is defeated by the Heat in a five game series. 1-4