Originally written May 15, 2013 on RealGM:
The NBA Board of Governors has voted down a bit to relocate the Sacramento Kings to Seattle, according to a report from USA Today's Sami Amick. The Maloofs had agreed to sell the Kings to a group led by Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer who had planned on moving the franchise to Seattle as a replacement for the departed Sonics. Mitch Levy of KJR reports that 22 teams voted for the Kings to remain in Sacramento while eight approved the sale. The Sonics moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder in 2008. A group attempting to buy the Kings to keep them in Sacramento is being led by Vivek Ranadive, current part owner of the Golden State Warriors. If the Kings are able to build a new arena in downtown Sacramento, plans call for the city to heavily finance the build. With nearly all NBA teams in fairly stable situations in their current locations, Seattle's best chance at getting a team now appears to be through expansion.
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