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Friday, Feb 22 2013 11:33 PM

Former local star Swift in foreclosure

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SEATTLE -- Bakersfield High graduate and former Seattle Sonics center Robert Swift's $1 million home has been foreclosed and bought by a new owner, but a Seattle television station reports he is not leaving the house.

The new owner bought the house in Sammamish, Wash., in January for half the price paid in 2006, but KOMO-TV reports she hasn't been able to move in because Swift, 27, has not left the property.

Standing at more than 7 feet, Swift was a first-round draft pick, No. 12 overall, by the Sonics in 2004,and signed a $4.4 million three-year contract.

Swift owed a balance of $1 million on the house last July, according to a foreclosure notice.

His pro tenure was plagued with injuries. He played with the Oklahoma City Thunder when the team moved from Seattle, but was later dropped. He last played in the NBA in 2009, and later played briefly in Japan.

According to the website Basketball-Reference.com, Swift earned $11,473,684 in salary during his NBA career.

KOMO reports that Swift has gone past the grace period to move out. He has one last deadline before the new owner can request authorities to get involved.

Swift played basketball at Garces through his junior year, and transferred to play at Bakersfield High as a senior.

The Bakersfield Californian contributed to this report.

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