Kevin Johnson Not Optimistic About Future Of Kings In Sacramento

Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson held a press conference on Thursday afternoon and the tone wasn't good for the town. Johnson all but declared the Kings gone to Anaheim during the meeting with the media, with Sacramento powerless to stop relocation, it appears. The Maloof brothers received an extension on Tuesday, giving them until April 18 to decide whether the Kings will leave Sacramento.

According to SB Nation and Sactown Royalty's Tom Ziller, it seems like just a matter of time before the Kings make the move, with Johnson's press conference especially disheartening.

While he stopped just short of declaring the Sacramento Kings gone gone gone, Mayor Kevin Johnson in a Thursday press conference said it's more likely that the Kings will relocate to Anaheim. He actually started to say at the start of his speech that it was "extremely" likely, but stopped himself mid-sentence and ended up saying that Sacramento probably can't affect the outcome of the Maloofs' decision. In other words: the Kings are gone unless Anaheim screws up at the last minute.

For Kings fans, it's a difficult situation. The city, and its fans, are powerless to put a halt to relocation, with the Maloof brothers holding all the cards as a move to Anaheim beckons. With no arena deal in sight, the lure of Anaheim appears to be too much at this point. Anything can happen in the next month and a half, but Kings fans are already preparing for the worst.

For the latest, check out the rest of our Sacramento Kings relocation StoryStream. For more on the Kings, check out SB Nation's Sactown Royalty.

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