NBA Can't Turn Its Back on Sacramento Kings Now

Jonathan WassermanNBA Lead WriterMay 11, 2013

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Who are these cats from Seattle?

Apparently a bunch of dudes who wipe their bottoms with hundred-dollar bills.

The group led by Chris Hansen that's attempting to relocate the Kings raised its bid to a whopping $625 million. His offer comes after each member of the relocation committee advised to keep the team in Sacramento.

This Hansen dude is relentless—relentless, ambitious and loaded. But do the Kings have the NBA on their side?

David Stern had previously given the Sacramento group extra time to counter Hansen's initial offer, which they did successfully. But Hansen keeps coming back like an irritating mosquito.

From the looks of it, the NBA is pulling for the Kings. But at what point do they let go? Hansen's offers keep getting higher and higher, and the fear for Sacramento is that the owners will give in.

But would they really allow a move after the relocation committee advised against it? The NBA can't turn its back on the Kings now, can they?

That would make that relocation committee's advisement a serious tease to the city of Sacramento. Many believed the owners would follow their recommendation, which has raised the hopes of many fans.

The big vote comes on Wednesday, when the NBA Board of Governors will meet in Dallas. Relocation requires consent from 16 of the 30 NBA owners.

Hansen has said he plans to purchase the Kings whether the NBA allows them to move or not. His binding agreement with the Maloofs leads legal analysts to believe that the NBA won't prohibit the sale with fear of running into antitrust issues and a potentially messy lawsuit.

But with enough support, the Board of Governors can block Hansen from moving the team to Seattle, a city that lost its team just a few years ago.

Though I've grown up on the East Coast my whole life, it would seem hard to envision a league without the Sacramento Kings. How about we let them stay and add a new team in Seattle through expansion? Seems easy enough, right?

We'll find out soon enough whether the owners feel Sacramento is a necessary NBA city. But if they allow this move to go down, expect loads of backlash to fire from all angles and cylinders.