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Are the Sacramento Kings staying, or are they moving up north to become the Seattle SuperSonics 2.0?
There remains no definitive answer to that question, though it seems likely that the Maloofs will wind up selling the team to a group of investors led by hedge-fund mogul Chris Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
The goal of that collection of powerbrokers is to bring pro basketball back to the Emerald City, where the Sonics were ripped away by Clay Bennett and Co. to become the Oklahoma City Thunder. Losing the Kings would be devastating for the city of Sacramento, since they constitute the only major professional sports franchise in California's capital.
But even if the Kings wind up in the hands of local magnates like Ron Burkle and Mark Mastrov, the changeover won't have come without serious consequences. The 2012-13 season was likely lost for the Kings already, given the mish-mosh of me-first shooters and slovenly bigs on the roster.
However, the dark cloud of relocation that's hung over the team all season hasn't made it any easier for the Kings to string together any sort of positive momentum as they look to turn the franchise's forlorn fortunes around.
Stay or go, then, there will be no true winners in all of this. At best, there will be a destitute franchise left to play in front of disappointed fans at a dilapidated arena outside of Sacramento.
At worst, those same disappointed fans will be left lonely and abandoned while the good folks of Seattle rejoice.