It's a big day for the future of the Kings, as the Sacramento and Seattle investment groups vying for the team are prepared to make presentations to the NBA, explaining why their respective cities deserve the franchise. In advance of that meeting, let's quickly round up a few of the latest links on the fight for the Kings….
- David Lucchetti, who currently owns just 1% of the Kings, is the minority shareholder matching Chris Hansen's bid for the 7% currently owned by Bob Cook, reports Dale Kasler of the Sacramento Bee (via Twitter).
- According to Aaron Bruski of NBCSports.com (via Twitter), Sacramento's acquisition of Cook's 7% share could give them the right of first refusal on the Maloofs' 65% share.
- Bruski also reports (Twitter links) that environmental challenges could delay Seattle's arena plan, pushing it back to 2017/18, whereas Sacramento's arena proposal has it on track for 2016.
- Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today tweets the 12 owners on the joint committee who will hear today's pitches from the Sacramento and Seattle groups: Peter Holt (Spurs), Glen Taylor (Timberwolves), Micky Arison (Heat), Clay Bennett (Thunder), James Dolan (Knicks), Wyc Grousbeck (Celtics), Greg Miller (Jazz), Robert Sarver (Suns), Herb Simon (Pacers), Larry Tanenbaum (Raptors), and Jeanie Buss (Lakers).
- Tom Ziller of SBNation.com revisits an argument he has made before, writing that giving Seattle an expansion team is the most logical solution for the NBA.