They have continuously shot themselves in the foot during this whole ordeal. They have alienated the best fan base in the NBA, they ran their franchise into the ground by not spending any money on it, they proclaimed to the world that the team was not for sale and that they would specifically not sell to Ron Burkle, they walked away from an arena deal that was widely considered very fair by the city and the NBA, and they went behind Sacramento's back and sold the team to the Hansen/Ballmer group of Seattle. Now I realize that the Maloofs have done more things than that to make themselves look like complete balloon knots (sorry... A-holes for those of you who are trippin right now) but that last example is the one I would like to focus on.
I, like most of you, have been completely butt hurt and pissed off that once the Maloofs decided that their team was indeed for sale they went straight to Chris Hansen. For the life of me I just couldn't (and still can't) understand how the Maloofs could just slap our city in the face and not give us a chance to find a buyer willing to keep the team here. But lately I've been thinking that maybe that was the best thing that could have happened for us. Maybe the only chance we would have had at actually keeping our Kings was for it to play out exactly the way it has. Let's just pretend that the Maloofs came to KJ right away and told him that the team was for sale and that they wanted to give our city first crack at making a bid for the team. We all would have been ecstatic. KJ would have put his team together and then they would have made an offer of probably around $300 million (which is a little over what the team is valued at). My assumption is that the whole time Sacramento would be working to get this offer in the Hansen/Ballmer group would just be sitting back and waiting for the Sac offer to come out. Then they would just smile and offer more money. Maybe we would get into a bidding war but it would be one that Sac couldn't win.
Instead, the Maloofs immediately went to the Seattle group and they reached an agreement to sell the team. The good news for us is that we now know exactly what the Seattle bid is and what we have to do to match it or beat it. They've already laid down their cards and while they have may have a flush, we're sitting on four Kings (you see what I did there) and have yet to make our play. We now know we have the hand to beat them and they just don't see it coming. Of course there is still one more player sitting at the table and that's the NBA and it's Board of Governers. Let's just hope that they're not holding four aces!
So in the end, if this all works out for us, we may actually have to thank the Maloofs for being... well, Maloofs. Wouldn't it be great to see George walking around Vegas with a "Maloofed" shirt on!