One of the biggest problems I see with the idea that the NBA will take the plunge and move the Kings to Seattle is recent history suggests a different course for the NBA. The league has been a massive supporter of the Sacramento Kings in many ways over the past few years. To pull a 180 on that path of support would be shocking and, in my opinion, very unlikely. Instead, I see them looking at this as an opportunity to remove the roadblock known as the Maloofs to finally accomplish the goal they've had for Sacramento: get a new arena.
Let's not forget the recent public support for Sacramento:
- Stern was on the ground as early as December 2006 to begin arena talks with the city government of his "model" franchise.
- Stern has always publicly supported Sacramento. From 2006: "The Kings and Sacramento are an NBA success story and I'm not interested in seeing the success end in failure," Stern said. "We don't accept that."
- After the 2011 Anaheim debacle, NBA marketing employees hit the ground in Sacramento to get the franchise back in order after the Maloofs semi-scorching of the fanbase.
- The league has reportedly allowed the Maloofs to use their league credit line to the maximum north of $100 million.
- The NBA planned to contribute $74 million in loans and cash to the 2012 arena deal, which Stern personally helped negotiate.