The NBA's Board of Governors sent a clear message when it slammed the door on the Sacramento Kings' prospective move to Seattle, but rest assured, this won't be the last shot the Pacific Northwest will take at replacing its long lost Sonics with one of the league's floundering franchises.
Marc Stein of ESPN reported that the Kings aren't going anywhere:
Sources: NBA owners vote to back relocation committee recommendation to REJECT proposed sale & relo of Kings to Seattle. Story posting now— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 15, 2013
We now know that the league is firmly against moving teams, which is an ironic (and unfortunate) stance as it pertains to Seattle, whose squad ended up in Oklahoma City overnight just a few seasons ago. If there was a perfect candidate to uproot and move to Washington, it was the Kings. Their attendance was horrible, their ownership greedy and inept.
But the Kings are staying in Sacramento.
It may be a long time before the NBA allows a buyer to purchase and move a team in one fell swoop, and in fact, expansion is probably a better avenue for Seattle to pursue in its quest to replace the Sonics.
There are, though, still a number of teams in the league whose waning attendance and poor play make them candidates we'd like to throw into the mix to move. Plus, there are a couple of other intriguing options that simply feel like they belong in Seattle.
*Attendance figures via ESPN.com