Here we go again.
For the second time in three years, the Sacramento Kings will host their regular-season finale with the franchise’s future uncertain. Hours before the Kings tipoff against the Los Angeles Clippers today, NBA owners will gather in a New York boardroom to begin deliberating where the team will be located next season.
Sacramento or Seattle?
Nobody quite knows for sure.
The Maloof family reached an agreement in January to sell a 65 percent controlling interest of the Kings to a Seattle group led by hedge-fund manager Chris Hansen at a total franchise valuation of $525 million, an NBA record. With pressure mounting from Sacramento’s counteroffer to keep the team, Hansen announced last week he would “voluntarily” raise the purchase price to $550 million.