It looks like the Sacramento Kings are finally going to be sold. Check out these bombs from Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo! Sports:
The deal is not final yet but good grief, the Maloofs are getting half a billion in this deal. That’s about $125 million more than the Memphis sale when Robert Pera bought it from Michael Heisley. Half a billion.
But this is the very thing Sacramento Kings fans are afraid of. Since the buyers are not from the area, and worse yet, it’s from Seattle, it’s pretty much a 99 percent guarantee that the buyers will move the team. And they will move the team to a city that was also robbed of theirs.
Most of you probably remember this but Clay Bennett bought the Seattle Supersonics in 2006 for a good $350 million. But Bennett apparently never intended to keep the team in Seattle and ended up moving the team to Oklahoma City for the 2008-09 season. We now know them as the Oklahoma City Thunder.
And now the very same thing may happen to Sacramento… by the city that had their team taken away a few years ago. Funny how things work out.
As for the Kings, if the sale does get finalized, they’re going to be a lame duck team in Sacramento. What happens to the roster? What happens to the front office people? Is the whole team going to be gutted in their image? DeMarcus Cousins already gave a “wow” upon knowledge of the news. It’s really too bad that this had to happen to Sacramento, whose team had multiple great playoff series against the Lakers last decade.
I guess we’ll get to see Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp retire their jerseys in Seattle after all. And, yes, the Sonics may be back sooner than later. But it didn’t have to be like this.