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George Maloof says deal to sell the Kings to Seattle “not close.” If you choose to believe him.

Jan 10, 2013, 4:24 PM EDT

George Maloof

There are plenty of people that are writing off the Kings’ future in Sacramento, but sources in Sacramento close to the situation have told PBT consistently that California’s capitol city will have the opportunity to make an offer to keep the team.

Whether or not that ultimately happens remains to be seen, but for now all of the reports since Adrian Wojnarowski’s bomb early Wednesday morning have pointed toward a bidding war between the two cities.

And now today, the figurehead of everything that is wrong with the Maloof family, George Maloof, told News 10 in Sacramento that a deal to sell the team to Seattle billionaire Chris Hansen is not close.

The Seattle Times has reported that the deal in Seattle has hit a snag because the Maloofs want some level of control in the decision-making of the franchise.  This is a highly dubious claim because they can’t possibly believe that Hansen wants them around, the city of Seattle wants them around, or that the NBA wants them around.  Again, it sounds like another negotiation ploy designed to drive up the asking price of the franchise.

If there is one thing that everyone following this saga — Kings fans in Sacramento, hoops fans in Seattle, the people in the league offices in New York — can agree on it is this: They don’t trust the Maloofs.

Anybody that is covering this situation that thinks they can pin down a greased pig should know better than to try to read this family’s mind, or try to say with any certainty what they will do, but the fact that George allowed himself to be put on the record has undertones of a bidding war.

Basically, how true you think it is probably is based on how you want to see this end. But that is what the man in the center of the storm said.

  1. cosanostra71 - Jan 10, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    The Maloofs are the worst.

  2. fanofevilempire - Jan 10, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    sell the team to Seattle, they should have a team.
    and when a team leaves a city the name should
    stay with that city.
    you get that Stern?

  3. fanofevilempire - Jan 10, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    sell the team to Seattle, they should have a team.
    and when a team leaves a city the name should
    stay with that city.
    you get that Stern?

  4. mungman69 - Jan 10, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    What a bunch of trash.

  5. dadawg77 - Jan 10, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Does anyone else think there its a chance that Stern wanting a team in Seattle forvhis legacy may doom it? I am thinking that Stern actions, which prevented the move to Anaheim made that Maloofs biter. Thus they will sell to a Sacramento interest (assuming the money is equal) to spite Stern. NBA owners will allow it as the eventual outcome will set a record price for a team, increasing the valuations of their team.

  6. praetorian12 - Jan 10, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    No one deserves the Maloofs.

  7. eugenesaxe - Jan 10, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    The last person who should be believed is a Maloof.

  8. BigBeachBall - Jan 10, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    maloof is undressing you with his eyes in that photo…

  9. glink123 - Jan 10, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    These Maloof d-bags own a casino for gods sakes. They’re bookies. Of *course* you cant trust them. I’d trust a room full of politicians and lawyers before I’d trust those maggots.

  10. MyTeamsAllStink - Jan 10, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    I heard once the Maloofs do sell the Kings and they do move George Gavin and the others will take turns pissing on Arco Arena and then burn the bridge out of town.Womder what happened that they have this spiteful news towards a city that bent over backwards to keep them there

  11. Robert - Jan 10, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Seattle Super Sonics. Charlotte Hornets. New Orleans Pelicans in 2014.

    • jimmygrahamchrisivory - Jan 10, 2013 at 11:50 PM

      Seattle Super Sonics. Charlotte Hornets. New Orleans Jazz. Utah Cougars in 2014.

  12. midwestwarrior - Jan 10, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Maloof spelled backwards is foolam , as in foolam all into believing their lies. typical casino conartists

  13. joenash72 - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Aa a Seattle fan, I know the feeling of losing a team. Went through this with Seahawks & Mariners, too.

    Honestly, if Sacremento can come-up with local ownership, I’m all for it. If Sac loses this, their only major franchise, doubtful they ever get one again. But they not only need to find ownership that can afford to buy a team, also gotta be able to build a new arena. I’m not sure that whole plan that Kevin Johnson came up with, that mortgaged like 30 years of future parking revenue, was actually viable, even if that option IS still on the table?

    Like I said, if they can find a way to make it work, more power to them. But, if the team is ultimately going to be moved, I’d prefer it be to Seattle rather than Virginia City……

    Like I’ve been hearing on the sports radio last couple days, the business of cities competing for sports franchises is cutthroat.……

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