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Seattle next on Kings' radar?

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07:54 AM ET 01.09 | The future of the Sacramento Kings, even though they have ended a flirtation with Virginia Beach, Va., remains uncertain. Virginia Beach halted its long-shot bid Tuesday to lure the Kings. But other cities, namely Seattle, remain interested in the troubled franchise. Deeply in debt, the Kings play in a badly outdated arena before the NBA's smallest crowds -- and are locked in a stalemate with Sacramento over how to remedy that. ... With the door closing in Virginia, one possible alternative is a move to Seattle, where hedge-fund manager Chris Hansen, backed by Nordstrom and Microsoft money, has a tentative deal to build a $400 million arena. A potential sticking point: Hansen wants to buy a team.

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January 9, 2013  08:31 AM ET

Please move to Seatle so the fans there will stop crying....PLEASE! Good morning all.

January 9, 2013  08:32 AM ET

The NBA back in Seattle sounds good....

January 9, 2013  08:37 AM ET

Selling the team to Chris Hansen would accomplish two goals - getting a team back in the Emerald City AND getting the Maloof's out of the NBA. Win - Win. And actually it would also allow David Stern to save some face for allowing the Sonics to be hijacked and moved to OKC.

January 9, 2013  09:06 AM ET

Microsoft money? Is this not a conflict with Paul Allen and Portland?

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January 9, 2013  10:04 AM ET

How about the Pittsburgh Kings and they change their colors to Black and Gold?

January 9, 2013  10:05 AM ET

Sac resident here...hoping the Kings move so I dont have to listen to the crying Maloofs any more.

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January 9, 2013  10:21 AM ET

Don't Let The Door Hit You On The Way Out, Bros.

January 9, 2013  10:53 AM ET
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Its all good, except the MaGoofs won't sell the team. Stern or his successor will have to pry the Kings from their cold dead hands.

Although their egos have trumped any common sense they may have had, money will do the job in the end. Hansen can make the pot very sweet indeed. (And of course pot is legal now in WA.)

January 9, 2013  10:55 AM ET

Seattle absolutely deserves an NBA team again, they do NOT deserve the Maloofs . . . avoid.

January 9, 2013  12:25 PM ET

Why haven't the Kings looked at Nashville? They have the Bridgestone Arena and it's quite nice. Its alot better then the dump they play in now. Nashiville very wealthy market and they have 2 out of the 4 professional sports teams (NHL,NFL) just like Seattle (NFL, MLB).

January 9, 2013  12:35 PM ET
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Microsoft money? Is this not a conflict with Paul Allen and Portland?

They mean Steve Ballmer (MSFT CEO) money, not company money.

January 9, 2013  02:06 PM ET

Sad day for sac for the kings to leave but knew it was coming...Maloofs are a joke and had their chance and blew it. Will root for Seattle Sonics bka Kings

 
January 9, 2013  04:21 PM ET
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Sad day for sac for the kings to leave but knew it was coming...Maloofs are a joke and had their chance and blew it. Will root for Seattle Sonics bka Kings

Really, it's good riddance to the Maloofs. An uglier pair with their lying ways would be difficult to find in any sport. I do not think this broken franchise leaving is Sacramento's loss more than Seattle's. Good luck with that, Coffee town.

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