NEW YORK - OCTOBER 22: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses the media after the Board of Governors meetings on October 22, 2014 at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Steven Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images)
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January 14, 2015

LONDON (AP) NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants the Hawks to stay put, and he's confident any new owner would keep them in Atlanta.

Silver said Wednesday that ''I do want to see the Hawks stay in Atlanta, and we've made that clear to the market.''

Silver said the current owners, who put the team up for sale this month, are also intent on keeping the franchise in the city.

He said ''I don't think it will be a real issue because I would be shocked if they were to sell to a group whose intention it was to even seek to transfer the team out of Atlanta.''

Silver was speaking to reporters at the NBA's London offices ahead of Thursday's game between the New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks at the O2 Arena.

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