The Sacramento Kings will remain in California's capital next season, according to Randy Youngman of the Orange County Register. Youngman reports that operators of Anaheim's Honda Center -- where the Kings would have played if the team relocated to Orange County -- were notified by the Maloof family that the team's relocation bid had ended. Monday was the NBA's deadline for the Maloofs to file for relocation.
The NBA and Maloofs are expected to release statements on the decision on Monday. The Maloofs had become disenchanted with attempts to get a new arena built in Sacramento, and in February NBA commissioner David Stern told media the team was in discussions with Henry Samueli, owner of the Anaheim Ducks and operator of the Honda Center. Despite a major push from Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson to scrape together $10 million in new corporate sponsorships, the Maloofs continued to consider Anaheim, until the NBA's relocation committee told them it would not recommend the NBA Board of Governors approve a move.
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