The NBA's relocation committee voted unanimously Monday to recommend that owners reject the application for the Kings to relocate to Seattle.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said while he was proud of the support from Sonics fans, he also indicated he knew the NBA relocation committee could bring bad news.
"I knew all along this was a challenge for us. But I feel we had a really good proposal,” he said.
McGinn promised to bring NBA basketball back to Seattle. He said that promise is not gone.
“We've done a lot of work. The fans have rallied around it and ultimately we're in the same position. Although, today was disappointing," he said.
Plans for the SODO arena project will keep moving forward, up until the point where construction begins. That won't happen until a franchise is guaranteed.
When we spoke with McGinn Monday afternoon, he said he hadn't spoken with investor Chris Hansen yet.
There is also reaction from King County Executive Dow Constantine, who said he's "disappointed, but undeterred in his effort to bring the NBA back to the Pacific Northwest."
Mayoral candidate Peter Steinbrueck offered a different view, saying he "was relieved by the decision," and that building an arena in SODO is "not the right decision."
When news of the vote broke, mayors of both Seattle and Sacramento took to Twitter.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson tweeted "I've never been prouder of this city. I thank the ownership group, city leaders, but most of all the BEST FANS IN THE NBA!!!"
Seattle's Mayor Mike McGinn also Tweeted words of encouragement saying "We're going to stay focused on our job: making sure #Seattle remains in a position to get a team when the opportunity presents itself."