For the third year running, the Kings and the City of Sacramento will be a topic of conversation at NBA All-Star Weekend.
“2013 is kind of the final act. It’s act three,” said Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, “We’re going to Houston knowing what’s at stake and the Seattle people would like you to believe that the deal is done. It’s not done in Seattle. We’re going to make sure we get this message out loud and clear.”
While not ready to announce to the world who potential equity partners, or “whales,” he has lined up to buy the team and build the arena might be, Johnson indicated in his weekly news conference, he might tip his hand to other NBA owners, while making his pitch to them this weekend.
“You know as well as I know that I can’t publicly say everything right now because we’re working on very sensitive issues, but talking to the folks that are on my target to be lobbied, they’ll understand what’s going on and the level of what’s really going to happen,” Johnson said.
At the 2011 All-Star game, the news dropped the Maloofs intended to move the Sacramento Kings to Anaheim. In 2012, details were ironed out to build the team a new arena in the downtown Sacramento rail yards.
2013 will be a weekend long schmooze-fest for Johnson. It’ll be a preemptive strike before the final showdown April 18 and 19 at the NBA Board of Governors meeting in New York.
Johnson says finalized plans about equity partners and new arena plans by the March 1 NBA relocation deadline, if not earlier, but that the announcement won’t happen before every ‘T’ is crossed and every ‘I’ is dotted.
“We want to have all of our ducks and every agreement, every action, every selling point that creates an opportunity for us to show Sacramento is a compelling city to remain an NBA team,” Johnson said.