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Kings sale would bring Sonics to Seattle next season


08:03 AM ET 01.21 | The Kings now appear more likely than ever to move. The Maloofs have made their deal to sell the Sacramento Kings to a group that would move them to Seattle -- setting up a climactic showdown over the team's future that might not get settled by the NBA until the spring. A source close to the situation said Sunday that the Maloof family and the Seattle group, led by hedge-fund manager Chris Hansen and Microsoft billionaire Steve Ballmer, could announce a deal as early as [Monday]. If the sale is approved by the NBA's board of governors, consisting of league owners, the team would move to Seattle next season and would be renamed the SuperSonics, after the franchise that left Seattle for Oklahoma City in 2008.

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January 21, 2013  08:39 AM ET

Now we just need New Orleans to give the Hornets name back to Charlotte and it will be just like high school.... minus all the zipper burns.

January 21, 2013  08:52 AM ET

I'm more excited to watch GP play again...

January 21, 2013  09:00 AM ET

I'm more excited to watch GP play again...

That's better.

January 21, 2013  09:11 AM ET

Sac, Seattle,London....doesn't matter.This mix of talent they have needs to be flipped or its just going to be more of the same wherever they are


January 21, 2013  09:13 AM ET

The Name May Change But The Product Is The Same, Bros.

January 21, 2013  09:54 AM ET

I wonder if they will make The Glove VP of Operations.....

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January 21, 2013  10:18 AM ET

Now we just need New Orleans to give the Hornets name back to Charlotte and it will be just like high school.... minus all the zipper burns.

LMAO!! Word here in Charlotte is that MJ has been in talks with the league to bring the "BUZZ" back to Charlotte

January 21, 2013  10:19 AM ET


Well that is settled then lol. Send in the next appointment.

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January 21, 2013  11:05 AM ET

I wonder if they will make The Glove VP of Operations.....

If they're offering him Money... He'll be there.

He can be the official team schmoozer... He can even wear his glove.

January 21, 2013  11:37 AM ET

and it could have been Anahiem, the Kings would have been a huge hit in Orange County. The Kings are the Lakers natural rival. This would have worked and would have been huge.

January 21, 2013  11:47 AM ET

CLippers - Lakers rivalry fizzles, just no pop. Kings just need new ownership, they need an ownership group that can actually afford the financial responsibility of operating a professional sports franchise. The Maloofs, well intended but going broke, just can't hang right now. When I look at the big picture, the root cause, I see it as a lack of financial commitment to top tier talent. Add in that Sac is a hard sell as opposed to NYC, LA, Chi and others. Anahiem would have been sweet with maybe 3 or 4 games a year in Las Vegas. Anything that goes into Anahiem works, even roller hockey was big.

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January 21, 2013  04:41 PM ET

I am happy the NBA will be back in Seattle, even though it means that the fans of Sacramento gets slapped in the face out of it. The Supersonics which most likely will be the new name could be good within a few years with the new wealthy ownership. Expect to see Payton's number retired within the first year. Hopefully this new ownership is better than the Maloof brothers. They just wanted out of the city and of course they would take that offer of $500 million plus to uproot the team. It was the only pro team the state capital ever had and probably ever will.

I may be going off topic here but the NHL and NBA and way different. The Coyotes remain in Phoenix despite they have a new arena but their attendance sags. The team never made a profit ever while the Kings for most of the nineties had the best attendance in the NBA. It was one of the bright spots of the NBA around 1997-2002 when they had good teams. They packed the place when they were bad and only had Mitch Richmond as a star player. Bettman will go against moving a team when it is losing a lot of money while Stern will give a team one year max before wanting to sell it to a new market.

Before he retires in regards to new markets taking old teams away I would be concerned for the Bobcats, Grizzlies, Pacers, Bucks, Jazz, Raptors are some teams I could think of.


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