Kings sale to Seattle: Spencer Hawes is, obviously, thrilled

Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia 76ers center and Seattle native Spencer Hawes spoke to SB Nation briefly about the Sacramento Kings' reported impending sale to a group from Seattle.

TORONTO -- Philadelphia 76ers center Spencer Hawes, who once shaved the space needle into his head, is naturally quite pleased that it appears the NBA will be coming back to his hometown of Seattle. Wednesday afternoon, he tweeted, "Pure. Joy." upon hearing the news, then expressed his dismay that it had to come at the expense of the city of Sacramento. Hawes was drafted by the Kings and played in Sacramento for his first three NBA seasons.

Before his Sixers took the floor against the Toronto Raptors, the big man briefly discussed the news with SB Nation:

I saw you tweeted, "Pure. Joy." Earlier. I assume that was about Seattle...

"It sure was."

What was your reaction?

"I've been hearing rumors but to see to the extent that it came out today … It's just kind of hard to describe. I grew up a lifelong Sonics fan. I grew up going to games with my dad. That was kind of where I fell in love with basketball, so seeing it first hand, being on the other side of it, seeing what everybody went through - fans, everybody in the area - I think it's exciting. It's been a long time coming."

Have you been on the phone with friends back home, other NBAers from Seattle?

"I was on the phone all day, running up the minutes. I talked to Jamal Crawford. He's been another guy who's been really active in the community up there. Everybody, everybody's so tight-knit. I know Isaiah [Thomas] is probably a little bit divided, being in Sacramento…"

So is Aaron Brooks

"I think they'll get over it."

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.