Twitter Explodes After Reported News of Kings Possibly Heading to Seattle

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Twitter Explodes After Reported News of Kings Possibly Heading to Seattle
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Though the deal still has to be finalized, it looks like NBA basketball is finally coming back to Seattle. According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Maloof family is close to selling the Sacramento Kings to an ownership group led by Chris Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

Per Wojnarowski, the deal will reportedly be for $500 million and the Kings will move to Seattle starting with the 2013-14 season:

Obviously, this is massive news on more than one front. The Hansen-Ballmer group has long sought after a team to bring back NBA basketball to Seattle after the SuperSonics relocated to Oklahoma City in 2008 and became the Thunder.

The Thunder's move to OKC was met with understandable scorn and a grassroots campaign began to bring NBA basketball back to Seattle started almost instantly. The movement produced a documentary and plenty of other fan involvement, but really took hold when the city agreed to build a new arena back in September.

With an agreement seemingly ready to go, it looks like Seattle's five-year window without their Sonics has ended.

However, it also marks the end of an era in Sacramento. The Kings have been in California's capital city since 1985 and have a fanbase that is undoubtedly sullen as Seattle fans are ecstatic. 

As it's wont to do, Twitter exploded with the news of the Kings' impending sale. With that in mind, let's take a look at all the best tweets from around the web.

 

Current Philadelphia 76ers and former Kings center Spencer Hawes went on a rollercoaster of emotions, both jazzed up about the return of basketball in Seattle and sullen about Sacramento's loss:

 

Though there is much excitement throughout the metro Seattle Area, Sports Illustrated's Chris Ballard took the time out to give condolences to fans in Sacramento:

 

Fans in Kansas City were also disappointed, many of whom wanted their Kings to return as well. Danny Parkins of 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City sent out a disappointed sentiment that many in Missouri are likely feeling at the moment:

 

Meanwhile, Sports Pickle's Twitter feed sent out a playful jab at the Seattle fans who were once so upset that Oklahoma City took their team:

 

Sports Pickle's Twitter feed wasn't alone. The folks at Hardwood Paroxysm also wondered about the ethics of Seattle taking another city's franchise:

 

For those wondering about Clay Bennett's ownership of the Sonics name, the Oklahoma City owner reportedly agreed to hand it over to a new Seattle group for free as part of his agreement, per Royce Young of CBS Sports:

 

With that news, ESPN's Arash Markazi is raring to go for the inevitable Thunder-Sonics matchup next season: 

 

 

Markazi also had something that should excite Seattle fans everywhere: The first (photoshopped) picture of Tyreke Evans in a Sonics uniform:

 

Some weren't as overjoyed. Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal wondered if the cellar-dwelling Kings may be better off creating a super-team with two other struggling NBA franchises: 

 

Considering the financial situation of the Kings, Grantland's Zach Lowe was also shocked, but more at the price of the team more than anything: 

 

Though there were many thoughts across the Twittersphere, perhaps it was NFL.com's Albert Breer who summed up the reported sale best:

 

In the end, the NBA's return to Seattle will ultimately be what the city makes of it. The Kings aren't a great team and have a ton of rebuilding to do in the future, but Seattle may be the one place that is basketball-hungry enough to let that happen.

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