Pretty much everything we’re hearing about the Sacramento Kings‘ attempted move to Anaheim these days is at the level of rumor; that said, this is certainly an interesting one: KFBK’s Rob McAllister reports that “those close to the negotiations” say Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof “are not sure they have enough support from the rest of the league’s owners to approve the move.” Which wouldn’t be a total surprise, given that the precedent of allowing a minimal territorial rights payment for incursions into a team’s existing territory is likely to freak out more than a couple of owners, but it is the first we’re hearing of this, even as an unsourced news item.
Other tidbits in the KFBK story:
- Honda Center officials “would not confirm” whether arena owner Henry Samueli had signed off on the 200-page arena lease that the Maloofs have presented to him.
- The Kings have tapped a $75 million line of credit from the NBA to help meet expenses, though it’s unclear how much of the money they’ve used so far, and there’s no source at all given for this item.
All four Maloof brothers are expected to make their relocation pitch to the NBA owners’ meetings tomorrow and Friday, with a vote presumably to follow. At this point, no outcome — quick approval, quick disapproval, or putting off approval till a later date so that Samueli and the Los Angeles Lakers can be placated — would surprise me.