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NBA Votes Against Sacramento Kings' Relocation To Seattle


Dexter Morgan

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I'm down about this, if true. I don't want them to leave Sacramento. I got back into basketball when the Kings were good. They were one of those teams you could have fun watching, and I like that Arco Arena is the last of the old NBA arenas, the ones that weren't mammoth industrial-scale centrifuges for separating people from money. More importantly, I don't want to read Bucfan going on about how this somehow opens up Sacramento for the A's, because I don't want them to leave Oakland!

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The Maloofs are expected to keep an extremely small percentage of team, but will have no real input or say in franchise, sources say.

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No agreement signed, but one source describes deal as "1st and goal at 1." Maloofs history of changing course late still makes many uneasy.

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The Seattle group's plans, with support of the NBA, is to play two seasons in Key Arena before moving into a new Seattle arena, sources say.

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The deal will sell the Kings for approximately $500 million, with the Seattle group seeking relocation to Key Arena for the 2013-'14 season.
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I'm down about this, if true. I don't want them to leave Sacramento. I got back into basketball when the Kings were good. They were one of those teams you could have fun watching, and I like that Arco Arena is the last of the old NBA arenas, the ones that weren't mammoth industrial-scale centrifuges for separating people from money. More importantly, I don't want to read Bucfan going on about how this somehow opens up Sacramento for the A's, because I don't want them to leave Oakland!

:lol: Beat me to the punch!

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I kept thinking that this would happen, & in this case, I'm skipping smelling the smoke & thinking that there is a blaze somewhere. Although, the Maloofs are known to back out at the last second, but the money is too good this time. I think we are gonna see the return of the Sonics sooner than later.

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It's good that Seattle is getting a team back, but it's a damn shame that the Maloofs were allowed to finally kill off what used to be one of the best basketball markets in the NBA. I wish the Sonics could have returned WITHOUT those scumbags getting their way.

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Wow...while's it's great to see Seattle back in the NBA, where they belong, it's the same thing happening now in Sacramento, and it's sad. Twenty-eight years there in Sacto, mostly bad, but at least they were fiercely loyal to the Kings, notwithstanding the current apathy thanks to the Maloofs.

Sacramento is a top-20 television market, but I think it's going back to be kinda hard for them to get a NBA team back, even with a former NBA All-Star currently in office as mayor. With the Kings leaving, they'll be the largest TV market in the country without any major sports franchise.

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If true, which lineage will they take:

- Keep the Kings going? (we know, King County)

- Try to re-establish the Sonics?

- Or pull a Titans; stay Kings while playing at Key Arena, then switch to Sonics once in new arena?

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If true, which lineage will they take:

- Keep the Kings going? (we know, King County)

- Try to re-establish the Sonics?

- Or pull a Titans; stay Kings while playing at Key Arena, then switch to Sonics once in new arena?

I think they said if a team ever came back to Seattle, they would get the Sonics name & history.

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Well at least they wont need to realign divisions!

But shouldn't the new Sonics be placed in the Northwest division? That would make more geographical sense than the Pacific Division and they'd get their old rivalry with the Blazers back.

Much less of a pain in the neck than a potential Virginia Beach scenario would've been.

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The Maloofs are finalizing an agreement to sell the Sacramento Kings to the Hansen-Ballmer led Seattle group, sources tell Yahoo! Sports.

This deserved it's own thread.

Wow. Seattle is going through the Clay Bennett-route; the same way their own team got pulled (team sold to investor group from arrival city) is what Sacramento's team is being pulled.

If successful, does this make the Kings' relocation the most painful and grueling in sports history?

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Well at least they wont need to realign divisions!

But shouldn't the new Sonics be placed in the Northwest division? That would make more geographical sense than the Pacific Division and they'd get their old rivalry with the Blazers back.

You're probably right

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Well at least they wont need to realign divisions!

But shouldn't the new Sonics be placed in the Northwest division? That would make more geographical sense than the Pacific Division and they'd get their old rivalry with the Blazers back.

Much less of a pain in the neck than a potential Virginia Beach scenario would've been.

In a perfect NBA, the Bobcats name would die, and the Hornets name would return to Charlotte. The New Orleans NBA team moves to Seattle to be the new Sonics (a move just like the Coyotes-Jets-Thrashers sitch). The OKC Thunder would move to the Southwest division, in liew for the new Sonics being in the Northwest division. The divisions would be like this:

Atlantic: Celtics, Knicks, Nets, 76ers, Raptors

Central: Bulls, Bucks, Cavaliers, Pacers, Pistons,

Southeast: Hawks, Heat, Hornets (ex-Bobcats), Magic, Wizards

Southwest: Mavericks, Rockets, Spurs, Grizzlies, Thunder

Northwest: Blazers, Wolves, Nuggets, Jazz, Sonics (relocated New Orleans franchise)

Pacific: Lakers, Clippers, Kings, Suns, Warriors

Sadly, this perfect NBA can only exist in video game land.

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