Sacramento Kings: Franchise's Potential Move to Seattle Is Bittersweet

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 10, 2013

April 26, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings owners Phil Maloof, George Maloof and Gavin Maloof stand up after the win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Power Balance Pavilion. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 113-96. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
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Despite the best efforts of Sacramento mayor and former NBA player Kevin Johnson, it appears it's only a matter of time before the Sacramento Kings move to Seattle, per ESPN.

From one great fanbase to another.

In a perfect world, both Sacramento and Seattle would have NBA teams moving forward. But it's not a perfect world, and it appears the city of Sacramento—despite its fantastic fanbase—will have to put away its cowbells in the coming years.

According to a source, via the ESPN report, the Maloof brothers could sell the franchise for more than $500 million, which would be a record. Given the failed attempts to reach a deal with the Maloofs for a new downtown arena in Sacramento, the potential selling price only adds fuel to the fire.

Of course, it's a double-edged sword. Kings fans in Sacramento are sure to be upset, while basketball fans in Seattle finally get their franchise back that was taken away from them in 2008.

Is it good for the NBA?

Well, it's all in how you look at it and, more specifically, where you reside. As an NBA fan in general, it's hard to see a franchise abandon its original home city for more money and more opportunities. Especially considering the Kings have had one of the most loyal fanbases in the league, through the ups and (mostly) downs.

On the other hand, it was a travesty what happened to the city of Seattle in 2008. Those fans were just as passionate about the game of basketball and they did nothing to deserve losing an NBA team. 

Ultimately, the move would potentially right a wrong, but it would also create a wrong in the process. So, it's bittersweet and, frankly, not good or bad, but just the way it is. Hopefully, Kings fans in Sacramento can accept it and move on, but I don't see that happening anytime soon.

What are your thoughts?

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