NBA relocation committee recommends unanimously to block Sacramento Kings’ move

by James Ham and Jonathan Santiago

Mayor Kevin Johnson celebrating news of committee's recommendation.  (Photo: Ben Sosenko/City of Sacramento)

The cloud hanging over Sacramento has finally been lifted.  The NBA has confirmed multiple reports that the relocation committee has voted unanimously to recommend against relocating the Kings to Seattle.

“The NBA announced today that the league’s Relocation Committee has unanimously recommended that the NBA Board of Governors deny the application of the Sacramento Kings to relocate to Seattle. The Board will convene during the week of May 13 to vote on this matter.”

Today’s vote was a resounding message to the Maloof family and to the rest of the league that Sacramento is still a viable NBA market.  But the story isn’t over quite yet.  A formal vote by the entire Board of Governors is expected by May 13 if the Seattle contingent hasn’t withdrawn their offer to the Kings owners.  And then there are the Maloofs, who still need to accept the bid to keep the team in Sacramento from the coaliation led by Vivek Ranadivé, Mark Mastrov and others.

Mayor Kevin Johnson will be holding a press conference at 5 PM at Firestone Public House in Downtown Sacramento addressing today’s news.  Below is the reaction on Twitter surrounding the announcement of the NBA’s decision.

//[View the story “NBA committee unanimously recommends against relocating Kings” on Storify] Updated at 9:04 pm

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