Future Home Of Kings Remains In Doubt





SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Kings’ future in Sacramento remained uncertain Friday afternoon amid contrasting reports that the Maloof family has either been in talks with a buyer who would keep the team in town or that the owners have reached an agreement in principle to sell to a group that would move the team to Seattle.

One thing is definite: Hall of Famer Magic Johnson is not part of a bid, NBA.com has learned.

Johnson was a prominent part of the group when California businessman Mark Mastrov made a serious run at the Warriors in 2010. Now, Ken Berger of CBSSports.com is reporting Mastrov has talked to the Maloofs about buying the Kings, quoting Mastrov as saying, “Definitely, there’ve been conversations. Definitely there’s interest in acquiring the team and keeping it in Sacramento.”

The story does not say whether negotiations are in the early stages or at a serious point, or whether the talks are current or have stalled as the Maloofs have by many indications moved close to a sale that would result in the team going to Seattle.

Meanwhile, Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com, citing a source familiar with the negotiations, wrote the Maloof family has struck a deal with the Chris Hansen-Steve Ballmer group as the first major step to filing for relocation before the March 1 deadline to have the Kings in Washington next season. The cost would be approximately $525 million, Steinmetz reported.

There had been no independent confirmation by NBA.com and, as has been the stance all along, no comment from the Kings.

Johnson, with major investments in several business ventures, once owned approximately five percent of the Lakers, before selling in 2010. He was part of the effort to buy the Warriors that same year, before losing out to Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, and probably Larry Ellison as well. Johnson has since become a minority owner of the Dodgers, the current source of most of his sports-related energy. He remains a vice president of the Lakers with no day-to-day input.

Johnson and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, former rivals on the court, are friends, though not in regular contact.

29 Comments

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  2. Seattle, Wa says:

    We want an NBA team Sacramento wants an NBA team. Taking the Kings from Sacramento would be just like what OKC did to Seattle. I don’t think anyone is actually excited to get the Kings just excited for a basketball team.

  3. Eric Styles says:

    Move the Kings back to Kansas City. We already have a arena ready for them!

  4. Chuck says:

    What needs to happen is that la needs to lose one team send the other to either sac or Seattle Seattle would take either one sac has a mediocre fan base which is why they have one of the lowest turnouts for each game .no city should have two teams let alone in the same bldg makes no sense Cali has four teams they can part with one they not need to be greedy but no way should they expand the quality of basketball will just get worse

  5. jordan says:

    EXPANSION??? what kinda madness is this?!!

    we just made 6 by 5 division which make it perfect.. the odd clippers where the 29th making it stupid (4 times seven in the conferences, remember?)

    So 30 teams stay and yea – we dont need more – we got a D-League for surplus player and training.
    Sacramento Super Sonics – SSS.. ;) Sonics and their heart was taken to OKC so forget it – the name sticks to the team not the city. like the bullets from baltimore then went on to wizards but in washington.

  6. david says:

    i feel really sorry for sacramento fans they havent done anything wrong yet because somebody wants to make money they could lose their team. England where im from moving a sports teams city to city is really rare and very unpopular. The Nba needs to look at is own Nba cares programme and care about its exisiting fans. Shame on the current owners and shame on the David Stern for allow this farce to continue.

  7. ben says:

    another OKC troll

  8. Ivan says:

    Nvm Seattle should make an expansion team. Sacramento has a good fan base wether they have a good season or not. it would be nice to have 31 nba teams instead of 30. The NBA should have more expansion teams and the teams should be in cities like in Kansas City, KS. Kansas city has a mlb and nfl team all they need is an NBA team.

  9. Ivan says:

    Kings should stay and okc thunder should go back to Seattle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The owner of the sonics is an idiot for getting rid of the team. It would of been Seattle Super Sonics vs Miami Heat for the 2012 nba finals. If the kings do go to Seattle it will be a fake sonics team. OKC is the original sonics team not the northern cali kings. I personaly hate the OKC Thunder, but i like the Seattle sonics. Sonics are an original old school team and OKC is not. OKC is sad horrible team. I think its the 2nd worst nba team in the NBA. Detroit is 1st worst. Think about it Sacramento should keep the kings and Seattle NEEDS and HAS to get OKC BACK TO SEATTLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Mike says:

      Really dude? Really? The 2nd worst team in the NBA? Somebody’s just a little jealous his team got moved because of greedy ownership. Don’t blame OKC, blame the people who ran the sonics away.

    • JosephC says:

      Where do you get off thinking OKC are the second worst team in the league! I don’t like the thunder but I respect them for being such a hard-working young group of guys. Look, they made the finals last year. Not the sonics, but get over it. I think the kings should move to seattle. That way they can rebuild just like they did when they got Kevin Duarant. I’m just saying move the kings to seattle not the thunder. We have all seen how OKC deserves a team. They love thier thnder so much that the team has actually changed the whole state. Oklahoma City has been worked on to be a much nicer place to live.And all that has come from just having a basketball team to support. That’s what I hope will happen with the kings move to seattle. Seattle will have thier sonics back and that they will change the mindset on basketball in Washington again. Even though your getting a bad team, that means Seattle will have a better chance to get somebody to replace the void Durant left like Andrew Wiggins I have to feel for sacramento to because they really do deserve a good team to make up for the horrible teams they have had for the last few years. Sorry Sacramento, but you just can’t find players as great as chris webber to join your team anymore. And take this into mind. This is all coming from a heat fan who just loves and respects the game of basketball.

    • Xepher says:

      If there are more bitter fans in Seattle like you, they should’nt deserve to have a team.

  10. Greg says:

    Nice to hear Charles say something nice about the Kings. Watching him on TNT over the years, I always thought he hated Sacramento.

  11. MJfromOKC says:

    Seattle had a team, nobody would go to the games, their owner sold out to a group of investors from OKC. Seattle doesnt deserve another team.

    • chefgenius says:

      ????
      What do you know of Seattle? I suppose everyone is entitled to their opinion. Clearly you know not of which you are discussing. Seattle was a very successful team for a very long time. Albeit, they only secured one championship trophy in their existance. I remember quite well from my childhood that our fans were quite supportive until Schultz/Bennett groups’ started cleaning house.

  12. Jacques Durceille says:

    Here is an idea. Keep Kings in Sacramento and just make an expansion team in Seattle again and call them the sonics. Problem solved, both cities want a team and both cities have a population to support the team. Only reason seattle lost out was because of greedy owners, much like the maloofs.
    Sacramento seems to have a pretty loyal fanbase.

    In bad seasons they have great crowds in good seasons they have great crowds. Thats more than can be said for other teams like boston, pistons, new york, miami, when their teams go through several years of bad seasons. Keep the kings where they are and just add an expansion. Problem solved.

    • Ryan says:

      That would be an awful idea. The league needs less teams, not more teams. How many teams does California need? Move the Kings to Seattle and axe the Bobcats and the Suns. Or maybe Washington.

    • Alan says:

      i feel like they would have to make a second expansion team for the east too then, and then there would be 16 teams in each conference and they could redesign divisions, and make it 4 divisions of 4

    • Ivan says:

      You are right! Sacramento has loyal fans and Seattle should make an expansion team. More new teams in the NBA is more fans and more money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • No More New Teams says:

        No, it doesn’t. If you make a new team in Seattle, you have to make another team in the East. That is two more teams and 24-30 more positions available in the NBA. That further dilutes an organisation that is already sporting no-talent teams like the Wizards and the Bobcats. Adding more teams means losing more money because of the cost of installing a team until they get a fanbase and they can’t get a fanbase if they can’t acquire talent. All that being said, Seattle and Sacramento do both need teams. I just don’t see why Seattle doesn’t buy the Bobcats. The many years where the SuperSonics were a dismal team and still attracted an audience proves that the Bobcats, even being who they are, can manage a profit in Seattle and, eventually, can actually manage to attract talent. In Charlotte, they’ll just continue to flounder as teams in Charlotte always have. That being said, the Bobcats aren’t as available as the Kings are. They should be, but they aren’t.

    • Billni says:

      That’s always made the most sense. What is the point of regaining the Seattle market at the cost of losing the Sacto market? Especially if the Sacto people have a buyer and stadium deal lined up? Its not like you are talking about expanding to Boise. Both of these cities are proven NBA cities. Both deserve NBA teams. Just because the owners go broke, doesn’t mean you should all of a sudden strip a city with a dedicated fanbase and a team with a lot of history of its team. Two wrongs don’t make a right. Just give Seattle an expansion team and nobody loses.

  13. CHUCK NORRIS says:

    GO SONICS!!!

  14. Roan says:

    Please bring the SuperSonics back!
    I’m a fan of the Knicks but the SuperSonics belong in the NBA!!!!!

  15. FirstTake says:

    Why not move them to Seattle since these talks will never end. Everyone feels like they need another team back up there

  16. Matthew says:

    Kings should move to Las Vegas lol. Plenty money there. Vegas Kings

  17. KING"s fan says:

    I completely agree with Charles Barkley!

  18. BROOKLYN KINGS says:

    hurry and move to Seattle so that the Brooklyn Nets can apply for a nickname change to “Kings”

    (Kings County of NYC: Brooklyn)

    • Sonics says:

      Seattle is in king county here in Washington, so the name makes sense here too. But I don’t expect them to keep the name kings.