The Kings have been rumored to be Seattle-bound for some time now, but the deal still has a ways to go before it is 100% finalized. Here's the latest on the Kings..
- Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson will appear in front of the NBA's board of governors to present a competing bid that would prevent the Maloof family from selling the Kings to a group from Seattle, write Ryan Lillis, Dale Kasler, and Tony Bizjak of the Sacramento Bee. Johnson acknowledges that any plan he brings forth has to include a new arena for the Kings.
- Meanwhile, a new lawsuit has been filed in Seattle attempting to block construction of an arena that could house the Kings, writes Lillis. The suit cites a 2006 voter-approved initiative that requires the city of Seattle to profit from public investments in sports facilities.
- The NBA needs to take the long view when it comes to relocating teams from good basketball markets, opines Tom Ziller of SB Nation. Ziller instead suggests that the league should look into an expansion team for Seattle, but that seems far-fetched to me given the current economic climate.
- The Maloofs could save their legacy in Sacramento by selling the team to a local group interested in keeping the team where they are instead of owners who want to move them up the west coast, writes Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee.