The Kings may be leaving Sacramento as soon as the 2011/12 season, but we will not know for sure just yet. The NBA has granted the Kings an extension on its initial March 1 relocation request deadline, allowing the Kings to wait until April 18 before deciding whether they want to move, likely to Anaheim if they do.
The Maloofs will have until April 18 to decide whether to file for relocation to move the Sacramento Kings before next season, the NBA announced Tuesday. The Maloof family requested an extension of the March 1 deadline in order to discuss the franchise's options with fellow franchise owners at league meetings scheduled for April 14-15.
Co-owners Joe and Gavin Maloof would like to get a new arena approved in Sacramento, but essentially gave up on the plan a couple years ago. The NBA stepped in, but its plan was rejected by the Cal Expo board a while back. The Maloofs have not made any public statements either way, but commissioner David Stern told reporters at the All-Star Game that they were talking to officials in Anaheim. Part of the appeal, as our own Tom Ziller notes, is the Anaheim market offers the potential for much more television money.
Kings fans packed Arco Arena last night for the team's game against the Clippers to pledge their support for the team and their hope that it stays in Sacramento.