Well, the fight has only just begun for Sacramento in terms of keeping the Kings in the city. Here’s a report from KOMONews.Com of Seattle:
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson says he has received approval from NBA Commissioner David Stern to present a counteroffer to the league from investors who would keep the Kings in California’s capital city.
With that in mind, the Maloofs may be backed into a corner here. The NBA has already rejected them in the past in terms of relocating. So the solution for them was to sell to someone who was willing to move the team out of Sacramento. But the NBA doesn’t want another relocating disaster and the league, if possible, wants the team to stay in Sacramento.
With Mayor Kevin Johnson getting permission from the league to present counteroffers, the league would probably question the Maloofs on why they wouldn’t sell to local owners. 24-Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov was interested in buying the team and keeping the Kings in Sacramento.
Ken Burger from CBSSports.Com also mentioned in a recent report that David Stern has talked about L.A.-based supermarket mogul Ron Burkle wanting to make a bid. Burkle first entered the picture in the spring of 2011, when the Maloofs had tried to move the Kings to Anaheim.
Ryan Lillis of the Sacramento Bee also offered this nugget:
So Mayor Johnson is basically letting the Maloofs have some control in an effort to keep the Kings in Sacramento. It would basically force the league’s hand and ask the Maloofs on why they wouldn’t sell to a group that is willing to keep the team in Sacramento.
This keeps getting more and more interesting. And I love Sacramento’s fight on trying to keep the Kings in the city. This one is far, far from over, especially if Mayor Kevin Johnson is involved.