No one wanted to buy the Sonics and keep them here because they have the worst lease in the league. The team makes almost no money from their home games. Bill Gates is not the type to buy up 'toys'..he gives away more money than he keeps. Paul Allen would've bought them if he could've found a buyer for Trailblazers but his lease situation is almost as bad as the Sonics.
The ones who ****ed up is the local government. They making 30+ million a year off of the sonics but didn't want to help build a new arena or try to fix the lease of the current arena. They really didn't think Howard Schultz would sell the team to someone out of state. Now they about to lose a cash cow.
The fans are loyal but the politics f*cked them.