When it comes to pertinent, insider knowledge of the Kings, Sam Amick's latest article from the USA Today has some real gems. For one, apparently the reason neither Smart nor Petrie would put their name behind Cousins' reinstatement is because it was ownership, and specifically Gavin Maloof, who made the call. Secondly, the Maloofs continue to entertain relocation options - not a huge surprise there. Now, in regards to StR speculation about the Maloofs and a selling price point, Amick's article suggests the Maloofs have floated $500 million as a price point for a sale. And yes, that is very high - like unprecedentedly high. But they apparently think the *movability* of the franchise (because of the lack of a long-term arena lease) is a major selling point.
So, at least we now have something close to confirmation that while they prefer not to sell, the would do so, if their price point were met.
Of course, if they continue to flounder financially, and they sense the league will do everything it can to prevent them from relocating anytime soon, then perhaps the price point comes back to reality - somewhere in the 400 - 450mill range. That's still relatively high. But perhaps someone would be willing to pay it, along with the commitment to keep the team here. I know some will say Hanson is the most likely buyer - and he would of course move the team to Seattle. However, personally I think he's holding out for an expansion franchise being granted.
But, alas, I digress. The article has some intriguing morsels to chew on: discuss!