Sacramento Kings Moving: Billionaire Ron Burkle Interested in Buying Kings?
In an unexpected turn of events, billionaire Ron Burkle appears interested in buying the Sacramento Kings and keeping them in Sacramento. Shortly after the relocation meetings were wrapping up in New York today, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Tweeted:
"New news Today is that billionaire Ron Burkle is very interested in buying the kings and keeping them in sac #kings"
Sam Amick, a former beat writer who covered the Kings for The Sacramento Bee followed by tweeting:
"He dropped Burkle's name, and source says Stern went quiet. "You've got Burkle?"
This came shortly after Johnson optimistically Tweeted about his presentation to the NBA.
"Just finished. Felt very good about our presentation! #kings"
For what it's worth, Joe and Gavin Maloof have been adamant that they have no desire to sell the team.
According to The Sacramento Bee's Tony Bizjac, George Maloof said that they made steps, but didn't appear 100 percent sure on filing for relocation on Monday—the deadline to file.
George Maloof just came out: made progress he said. More meetings planned tomorrow. Sounds like he's not ready yet to file for relocation
Another telling story from Bizjac's running blog and Twitter stream live from New York shows five Kings fans who staked out the meetings to show their support. His Tweet:
There's a cluster of 5 young Kings fans waiting outside hotel to tell Maloofs "don't go." Some have been here for couple hours now.
More to come as more details emerge.
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