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The Maloofs won't be the ownership group that relocates the team

The Maloofs needed the NBA to front all of their portion in this downtown arena deal. They have no money. I don't see how the Maloofs can afford to move the team to Anaheim when the NBA prefers not having a third team down there. With a potentially high relocation fee, plus paying off the city loan, they could be looking at up to a $150 million moving fee. I don't think Henry Samueli would loan them enough to cover much more than half those total costs unless he's a fool. The NBA will not allow them to default on the city loan.

If they decide to move to another market besides Anaheim, there probably isn't someone willing to give them enough money to cover just the city loan. They are stuck here until they sell or go bankrupt and lose the team anyway.

They will not survive in Power Balance Pavilion as owners in this city. They poisoned the well, probably beyond repair and Power Balance is a ticking time bomb. The NBA as a whole see the Maloofs as an inept/ defunct ownership group and bleeding them out here is the best way to get rid of them.

The writing is on the wall. They NEED to realize that selling right NOW is their best option, not to mention ours. They'll fetch a higher value for the team if the current arena deal can be revived with new owners. Unfortunately, I suspect they'll continue to dig in until it's too late for both them and us. Once the prospects of reviving this arena plan are completely squashed, our chances of keeping the team are very slim to none. With no chance of a new arena, the team is in limbo and Sacramento is just hosting a free-agent team that will go to the highest bidder.

If the Maloofs wait a year or more to sell, the NBA will highly consider ownership groups from Seattle, or ANY preferred market. As much as we'd like to hope that the NBA would stick with us indefinitely, it's likely they are close to washing their hands of our mess completely, fair or unfair. Potential Sacramento ownership groups would still be considered, but how much would someone pay to keep the team here without a new arena or plan to build one versus someone like Hansen willing to move the team to Seattle with a plan in place? I bet the NBA even waves the relocation fee (though they would still have to pay off the city loan). Even with relatively close bids, I think a higher Seattle bid wins it.

To sum it up, the best chance we have at keeping the team long term is if the Maloofs quickly change their mind again and get on board this arena plan or they sell immediately to someone who will. Once this arena plan is no longer available, the Maloofs will have dragged us down and out of the NBA with them.

(This is a FanPost from a member of the Sactown Royalty community. The views expressed come from the member, and not Sactown Royalty staff.)

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