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Las Vegas Wants The Rockets

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman thinks the Houston Rockets would fit nicely in Nevada.

"I think it's a great franchise," Goodman told Houston television station KRIV Thursday. "I have a lot of respect for coach Rudy Tomjanovich. I know Hakeem (Olajuwon) is a first class attraction."

Rockets owner Les Alexander has said he must have a new arena to be competitive. In November, Houston voters rejected a proposal for a downtown arena to accommodate basketball and hockey.

Rockets officials won't say which cities they are talking with about a potential relocation.

Goodman said three teams have contacted him about moving to Las Vegas, but he would not identify any of them.

"It would not come from me as to whether or not I was speaking with the Rockets," Goodman said. "I gave them (all three teams) my word I would not (identify them)."

Goodman said none of his talks could be considered serious at this point and added he is watching the Rockets negotiations closely.

"Close enough to know I wouldn't want to see a viable team get away from Las Vegas," Goodman said.

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