Posted June 13, 2012

NBA Commissioner David Stern: Sacramento Kings’ move would not be approved

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Gavin Maloof, Sacramento Kings

Sacramento Kings owner Gavin Maloof speaks to the crowd in February. The Kings will not be moving any time soon, according to NBA commissioner David Stern. (Rocky Widner/Getty Images)

The Sacramento Kings’ on-again, off-again stadium saga appears to be at an impasse, but any talk that the franchise will be leaving the city is premature, according to a report by Pro Basketball Talk‘s Kurt Helin

Helin reports that at his pre-NBA Finals meeting with the media, NBA Commissioner David Stern was clear that any move from Sacramento would not receive approval from the other NBA owners. 

“If there was a vote now, there would be no support for a move,” Stern said. “And I believe the ownership says they’re planning to stay there. On other situations, I might hazard a guess or a prognostication. On this one, I’m out of the business. For now.”

An apparent deal between the city and the Kings fell through in April. The sides had agreed to a new downtown arena, but the Kings would not put up collateral for a loan and commit to stay for 30 years. The Kings’ owners, Joe and Gavin Maloof, said at the time they were not looking to sell the franchise.