Let me clarify, unlike when I wrote my Chip Kelly to Cleveland piece, this is not official yet. BUT, there are reports and smoke all over the internet that the Sacramento Kings owners, the Maloof Family, are on the verge of selling the Kings to a group led by Hansen-Ballmer of the Seattle area. This was reported on Twitter by Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA). If this is true then it could have many sub-headlines soon to come. There have been reports over the past few months that the owners and commissioner David Stern have been pushing the Maloofs to sell the team for some time now and that the Seattle market was ripe for the team to move there. A new stadium is ready to be built and the fan base is eager to get a team back. The sale is currently being reported at $500 million by Bleacher Report.
If the Kings do move to Seattle, we could see a quick trade of DeMarcus Cousins. Many around the NBA believe that Cousins has been floated in trade discussions but ultimately wouldn’t be moved because the Maloofs are trying to sell the team and a team with Cousins is worth a lot more than one without him. This could be exactly the right move if it happens and there could be wholesale changes to the franchise if it moves and takes over the SuperSonics mantle.
I for one and all for this move and I hope that the new ownership group will bring pride back to the SuperSonics logo. I loved watching the Gary Payton/Shawn Kemp led Sonics team compete against my hometown Bulls back in the 90’s. Hopefully this sale doesn’t fall through and we can see the good old Green and Yellow Sonics jerseys making their way around to opposing arenas soon. Do the right thing Maloof Family, you’re right up there with Donald Sterling on the bad owners list. If this comes to be I will be posting a much bigger post about what must be done to turn the team around and who the new owners are.