The announcement Monday of an agreement by a Seattle group to purchase the Sacramento Kings made the NBA’s return to this city as close as it has been since the Sonics left in 2008.
But while there was a celebratory feel in the statements from those involved in the sale, as
well as city and county officials, there was also caution that a few significant hurdles remain.
“It’s exciting news for Seattle and for Sonics fans,” said Mayor Mike McGinn.”It’s a big day.
But there is more work to be done.”
Specifically,the sale of the team from the Maloof family to the Seattle group led by Chris Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer still must be approved in April by the NBA Board of Governors, which could also hear a counteroffer from Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.