Reading local blogs and news reports there is a lot of speculation out there on the future of the Kings. Will they stay in Sacramento or will they go? All of this second guessing is by design. The decision was made weeks ago, but the Sacramento residents are still being being told there is hope, and their may be a little still out there.
There is no way the Maloofs would allow an official announcement before the end of the season. They were making far too much money off the increased ticket sales. Now it’s David Stern turn to make all of this as profitable as possible. Sacramento is simply a pawn in a much larger game.
As we originally reported the move was already a done deal, however the only thing that could stop the move was the other NBA team owners. That prediction may be coming true as well. The Clippers and Lakers have fought hard to block the move. They have devalued the TV rights for the Kings, making it less profitable to move the team. David Stern cares about profits and this has caught his attention.
Also the head of the league’s relocation committee, Oklahoma City Thunder owner Clay Bennett, is here in cow town. He is here to see if the city can handle the financial burden of keeping the Sacramento Kings in town. Johnson has not put up a good show and the NBA is now saying “show me the money”. Sacramento has a very poor history of showing the NBA it can get things done.
One things is clear, Sacramento residents do not like the Maloofs. Many would support a tax payer funded arena if the Maloofs were not involved. The future of the Kings is up in the air, but if the Kings do not move to Anaheim then there is a good chance the Maloofs will sell the team which would be a huge benefit to Sacramento, the Kings, and the NBA.