Investor remains committed to NBA in Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) -- Investor Chris Hansen says he remains committed to getting the NBA back to Seattle even though he just lost one of his biggest partners in the process.

Hansen released a statement Friday congratulating former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on his agreement to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion. Hansen says Ballmer's commitment will make him a ''great owner and strong asset for the league.''

But Ballmer's deal in Los Angeles leaves him out of Hansen's investment group that has attempted to get a team back to Seattle. Hansen says his remaining partners - two members of the Nordstrom department store family are the other known partners - are still committed.

Hansen says environmental reviews on a proposed arena are nearing completion and ''we will soon be in a strong position to attract a franchise'' to Seattle.