View Full Version : Maloof brothers want to move the Kings to Anaheim?

02-26-2006, 12:35 PM
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Having their bid for a new arena rejected more than once by Sacramento voters, Kings owners Gavin and Joe Maloof have quietly let it be known that they'd like to relocate to Anaheim.

In Orange County, the Maloofs would be closer to their operations in Las Vegas. They already have plans to use an Anaheim location to drive their marketing for their hotel and casino, The Palms. That includes giving high-rollers use of luxury suites for Kings games and also having plenty of signage in the arena for their Vegas enterprises.

The Maloofs can easily afford the franchise transfer fee, which experts say will be at least double the $30 million the Hornets paid the league to flee Charlotte for New Orleans. But the Maloofs will face strong opposition from the Lakers and Clippers, who will fight a third team entering what they consider their backyard.

But there's an even greater roadblock. The owner of the Pond and the NHL's Ducks, Henry Samueli, has told David Stern that he wants to own a team and put it in his arena. A huge pro basketball fan, Samueli's net worth is $1.1 billion. But he'll have to wait. Stern has no plans to expand beyond 30 teams, which he said he thinks is a "fine" number.


02-26-2006, 01:07 PM
Very interesting. Thanks.

02-26-2006, 09:58 PM
I understand the Maloofs' angle, but I really hope they stay in Sacramento. Those fans are some of the most loyal, passionate fans in the NBA. It would be a shame to see their team abandon them. Besides, I think "Sacramento Kings" just has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?

02-26-2006, 11:02 PM
Besides, I think "Sacramento Kings" just has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?I dunno.

'Los Angeles Kings of Anaheim' is kinda catchy.

02-26-2006, 11:15 PM
I'd like to see the team remain in Sacramento as well but I doubt they do.

I also hope the league keeps an open mind in letting the Sonics move to San Jose. I read earlier that they're hesitant with the Warriors right next door.

02-26-2006, 11:33 PM
If any team is going to move, I'd like to see a team end up in Oklahoma city once the Hornets go back to New Orleans. It's proven to be an NBA town; the fans there seem to love the game. That city is hungry fo' some NBA hoops.

02-27-2006, 12:15 AM
Next stop Vegas.... Vegas will get the all-star game in 2007. An NBA franchise might be next.

02-27-2006, 12:52 AM
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