I apologize if this has already been mentioned, but the new ESPN magazine (the one with what could have been New Orleans Timberwolves on the cover) has the following note in the "3 Seconds" section of their NBA report:
"Despite the Charlotte city council's recent decision to allocate funds for a new arena, sources close to the NBA relocation committee say the Hornets move to New Orleans is a done deal."
Now take this with a grain of salt. ESPN is the same source for such accurate reports as "VanExel to the Knicks" and "Coret Magette will be traded from the Clippers" and other nonsense I can't remember. Glad I didn't pay to be an "Insider" for crappy info like that (they charge for Rumor Central now).
ANYWAY, it was there, so I reported it.