Changes in Latitude: 5 Reasons the Sacramento Kings Were Given Time To Relocate

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Changes in Latitude: 5 Reasons the Sacramento Kings Were Given Time To Relocate
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A former NBA point guard, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson knows quite a bit about the inner workings of an NBA team as well as the politics that surround both the NBA and city government.

On Friday, Johnson used that knowledge to his advantage.

The NBA Board of Governors granted an extension to the owners of the Sacramento Kings, Joe and Gavin Maloof, until May 2 to file their relocation papers to the city of Anaheim.

The Board of Governors had been meeting with city officials from both Sacramento and Anaheim over the last two days, and Mayor Johnson convinced the Board of Governors that additional revenue streams had been discovered and that the city of Sacramento did indeed have interest in building a new arena for the Kings.

The Maloof brothers originally had until Monday to file their relocation papers until the recent extension.

It certainly looks like an 11th hour reprieve, but will the extra time actually save the Kings from a possible relocation?

We will examine five possible motives as to why the 11th hour extension was granted.

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