March 07, 2011
The Sacramento Kings are itching to move to Anaheim, particularly since the people of Sacramento don't want to use tax dollars to build the team a new arena.
The New York Daily News reports that the Maloof family, which owns the team, would prefer to go to Las Vegas, where their family business is headquartered. But there's no arena worthy of housing an NBA team there. The paper notes that the team isn't interested in moving to Seattle, either.
However, the Maloofs are going to have a little bit of trouble moving the team to Anaheim. The proposed move will face opposition from the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers who see it as an encroachment on their territory, the paper reports.
The paper's sources, though, say the Maloofs are ready to pay the two teams "whatever it takes to relocate." The Kings already need to pay the NBA $30 million as a relocation fee.
The Daily News notes that the owner of the Anaheim Honda Center and Anaheim Ducks, Henry Samueli, who tried to buy the team last year, has offered a $100 million loan to help the Maloofs out.
If the Kings are going to play elsewhere next season, the decision needs to be made by April 18.