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.