Feb 24, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Sacramento Kings small forward Tyler Honeycutt (9) dunks against the New Orleans Hornets in the fourth quarter at New Orleans Arena. The Hornets won 110-95. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Sacramento Kings Minority Owner Willing To Commit $750 Million To Buy Team & Build Arena

If you live in the Sacramento area, chances are, you’ve heard the name John Kehriotis before. In addition to owning over 12% of the Sacramento Kings, Kehriotis is a big name real estate investor with a pocket book to match. And now, with the city battling to save the Kings from relocation, Kehriotis has put his money where his mouth is – $350 million dollars to be exact, this according to Fox 40′s Jim Crandell:

Source tells @JimCrandell that Kehriotis has $350 million, with a verbal commitment of $400 million. #Kings

The $350 million dollar price tag would be apparently void of any city money and would be a fair and competitive offer to keep the Kings local, given the Hansen-Balmer group must need to pay relocation fees, etc, in their suggested purchase price of $525 million. The verbal commitment comes in the form of an additional $400 million dollars – all together, a $750 million dollar plan to purchase the franchise and build an arena. Still – many are questioning if Kehriotis has the money he says he does, understandably so, where the additional funds are coming from and what his role, if any, has been with the potential “whales”.

They key factor with Kehriotis’ desire to purchase the Kings stems with the minority owners right of first refusal, a topic that both sides in Sacramento and Seattle continue to disagree on.

With a first right of refusal, minority owners of the Sacramento Kings would legally be given first opportunity to purchase the Maloof stake in the Kings and documents have been uncovered by Aaron Bruski of Pro Basketball Talk and James Ham of Cowbell Kingdom that does present legal grounds for the FROR, though, some legal analysts have said the wording could be interpreted in a few different ways – something a judge may need to decode.

The Kehriotis news comes on the heels of the earlier announcement today that the long rumored, though, officially unnamed “whales” (who many expect to be Ron Burkle and Mark Mastrov) are to be announced by the end of this week.

Tags: Relocation Sacramento Kings Seattle Supersonics

  • Slick Watts


  • jhande

    Slick, the super sonics are in oklahoma city. Hansen isn’t trying to buy the super sonics. so what is you noise about the super sonics? You know the supersonics are the thunder now, right? Unless, Hansen buys the thunder, there will not be the super sonics.

    • RK

      You realize the city of Seattle still owns the title, “Super Sonics,” right. At least be up to date on your facts. Sure, the NBA shafted the city of Seattle and while I welcome the return of the NBA to a city which has a strong history, I despise David Stern for allowing the purchase and move of the Sonics just to allow us to fight with another city thus doing the same thing. Sacramento is just a small market buddy so live with that. But to sit on your keyboard stringing like a genius, use the search function and educate yourself before posting…kind of makes you look about as dumb as your Mayor willing to shaft you as tax payers out of the 67 Million the current owners owe the city just to keep a team that probably makes the city less money than the hundreds of other things that could go in and around any arena big enough to attract big concerts etc.