NBA Rumors: Sacramento Kings May Find New Home in Seattle

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 6, 2012

SACRAMENTO, CA - JANUARY 18:  Francisco Garcia #32 of the Sacramento Kings reacts after making a free throw that put the Kings ahead by two point with less than a minute to play against the Indiana Pacers at Power Balance Pavilion on January 18, 2012 in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Sacramento Kings almost did not exist this season, but their days as an NBA franchise could soon be over as they take on a new identity and move further north. 

According to the Seattle Times, a wealthy man named Christopher Hansen, who is also a Seattle native, is working with the city in hopes of bringing back an NBA team. 

Hansen is a multimillionaire who made his earnings through the private investment world, and even though he doesn't specifically mention going after the Kings, they have to be his logical choice. 

After all, the Kings were given one more year to make it work, and they have to get a new arena to remain in Sacramento. This won't be easy, which is why the Kings might be sold to Hansen. 

The report doesn't state how Hansen plans to get an NBA team back to Seattle, but the easiest way is to take over the Kings. 

Sacramento has until March 1 to "come up with a viable proposal to build an arena for the Kings." If this fails, Seattle could become the new home of the Kings as early as next fall if all goes well for Hansen.  

Of course, he and his team could always try to talk to the NBA about expanding, but that's highly unlikely to get passed. 

Seattle basketball fans would much prefer the SuperSonics to return, especially since they're doing great things as the Oklahoma City Thunder

Having Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka playing in Seattle is what the people of that city really want, but unfortunately for them, it's not going to happen. 

Still, though, the Kings aren't a horrible team, as they do have great talent to work with and build a championship roster around. 

Tyreke Evans is the star of the team, and young players like himself, DeMarcus Cousins and Jimmer Fredette are reasons for Seattle fans to be excited. 

Nothing is set in stone yet, but in less than a month we'll know more about the Kings' future, which will pave the way for Seattle's plans. 

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