The only professional sports team in Sacramento, the Kings, aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Twelve NBA owners voted unanimously to not allow the team to seek relocation. The teams owners, the Maloofs, had a deal to sell the Kings to a Seattle group determined to bring the NBA back to Seattle after the Sonics moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder in 2009. But now that’s all changed.
Sacramento Mayor and former NBA point guard Kevin Johnson, was equally as determined to keep the Kings in California. Johnson helped put together an offer led by billionaire Vivek Ranadive and 24-Hour Fitness CEO Mark Mastrov to buy the team and build a new arena. There is no deal at the moment, but one is expected to be completed sooner rather than later.
This is great for the city of Sacramento who have really rallied to keep the Kings in town. As for Seattle, it still feels cheated out of losing the SuperSonics and has been trying everything possible to get an NBA team. Seattle thought it had the Kings, but now will have to go back to the drawing board.