NBA All-Star Weekend: Early Reports On Mayor Kevin Johnson’s Bid To Keep Kings In Sacramento

February 9, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas (22) greets Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson (right) before the game against the Utah Jazz at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

With the NBA masses gathering in Houston for this weekend’s All-Star festivities, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has taken it as an opportunity to lobby for his city and according to those there, the progress is going well.

Per Nick Monacelli:

Houston update: NBA execs impressed with @KJ_MayorJohnson and that Sac has approved arena plan. Could give #nbakings advantage over Seattle.

Per Dale Kasler:

Mayor’s talks on #NBAKings in houston called “productive,” “positive””

Source says NBA execs, in talks with mayor on #NBAKings, like the fact that Sacramento has ‘approved arena plan.’

With so many hurdles left for both sides to clear, it’s beginning to make the supposed April deadlines appear murky – though both sides continue to fight, for obvious reasons.

Mayor Johnson, who essentially traveled to Houston short of any entourage, will continue to promote Sacramento as the Kings home during his trip in the Lone Star state despite not officially naming any big money investors (at least publicly) as of yet.

Still – given the All-Star game is just about the only event throughout the season where the brain-trusts of both the NBA and BOG (board of governors) meet, it’s an obvious choice for Johnson to display his message.

Topics: NBA All-Star Weekend, Relocation, Sacramento Kings

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  • Bademus

    So many hurdles left for both sides? For Seattle the purchase only needs final approval from the NBA BoG. The purchase/sale contract has been executed, a deposit made and the finances of they buyers are very strong. So those hurdles have been cleared. Seattle also has an arena finanancing plan that has been agreed to and approved by both the city and the county, another hurdle cleared. The land has been purchased by a team buyer and the plans are drawn up – again a hurdle cleared. There is a law suit complaining that an environmental review hasn’t been done, but the review is underway – it’s a hurdle, but not a large one.

    For Sacramento potential buyers have yet to be identified – big hurdle, if they do come forward and offer to match or beat the price Seattle has offered there is no guarantee they would actually wind up coming to terms and completing a sale – a huge hurdle considering the current owners were reluctant to sell. As far as arena plan there is talk of the railyard or maybe downtown. But the site has not been determined, the land has not been purchased and no potential owner has agreed to any financial arrangement to build an arena. So whatever arena plan is there it’s not solid.
    The “so many hurdles” are mostly located in Sacramento.

    • http://twitter.com/ARoyalPain A Royal Pain

      Until somebody has rebar in the ground, I’d say both sides are going to have to overcome some major hurdles.

      Right now, all Seattle and Sacramento have are air and words.

      • mbh8280

        Actually that’s incorrect. The Seattle group has contracts, deposits, official documents for future construction. Sacramento has non of that.

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