Jan 10, 2013, 4:24 PM EDT
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.
George Maloof tells News10 a deal to sell the Kings to Seattle group is not close.
— Bryan May (@BMayNews10) January 10, 2013
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.
Jul 27, 2015, 9:00 PM EDT
Wasn’t this obvious already?
Jul 27, 2015, 7:59 PM EDT
It could work — in very limited circumstances.
Jul 27, 2015, 6:59 PM EDT
Bird also says Jordan would destroy him one-on-one right now.
Jul 27, 2015, 6:32 PM EDT
James Ennis seems on the bubble with Miami.
Jul 27, 2015, 5:30 PM EDT
I so hope this isn’t staged.
Jul 27, 2015, 5:01 PM EDT
Dragic would not have fit the triangle, but he’s talented.
Jul 27, 2015, 4:05 PM EDT
Center goes from Frank Vogel to Byron Scott and is happy about it
Jul 27, 2015, 3:08 PM EDT
Key Democrat implies it’s not a certainty
Jul 27, 2015, 2:19 PM EDT
Vlade Divac is trying to put the band back together
Jul 27, 2015, 1:38 PM EDT
Celtics and Warriors finalize David Lee trade
Jul 27, 2015, 12:34 PM EDT
Did he accept the qualifying offer?
Jul 27, 2015, 12:11 PM EDT
Indiana apparently liked what is saw from undrafted free agent last season
Jul 27, 2015, 11:25 AM EDT
Protected second-round pick going back to Celtics
Jul 27, 2015, 10:12 AM EDT
Miller reportedly wanted to leave Cavaliers for a team that would play him more
Jul 27, 2015, 9:32 AM EDT
Both players to receive partially guaranteed contracts
Jul 27, 2015, 8:30 AM EDT
If Miller wants to be on a contender, it may not happen before the season starts.
Jul 27, 2015, 8:00 AM EDT
If he ever writes a biography of his time with the team, that will be a must read.
Jul 27, 2015, 12:45 AM EDT
The Trail Blazers will waive Haywood and Miller very soon, and both will try to hook on with a contender.
Jul 26, 2015, 11:00 PM EDT
Swaggy P was in full effect.
Jul 26, 2015, 9:30 PM EDT
Stanley Johnson has looked good all summer.
- Phil Jackson says Knicks wanted Goran Dragic at trade deadline. Because he’s such a triangle fit? 9
- Report: Cavaliers sign Matthew Dellavedova 6
- Heat trade Zoran Dragic, second-rounder to Celtics 10
- Report: Cavaliers trade Brendan Haywood, Mike Miller, two second-round picks to Portland 16
- Blake Griffin, Stephen Curry among latest big names headed to Team USA mini-camp 7
- Kyrie Irving off crutches, cleared by doctors to start working out 8
- Report: Becky Hammon gaining traction around the NBA as “serious” head-coaching candidate 42
- Gregg Popovich discusses three-point shot, changing roles for bigs in NBA 4