NBA's All-Star game is Sunday night in Houston, and at a Saturday afternoon press conference, Commissioner David Stern spoke about the possibility of the Sacramento Kings moving to Seattle.
"I think it’s fair to say that we have an application in house, as you know, from Seattle to both transfer ownership to what I'll call the Hansen Ballmer group and an application to move the team to Seattle to play in KeyArena while the process goes on just to get permission to build a new building in Seattle,” Stern said.
Stern said he has met with Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn but has not met with Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and has no plans to.
Stern said Johnson plans to deliver a competitive bid to the one from Seattle “that will include the construction of a new building with a significant subsidy from the city of Sacramento and other things that would bring the region together to support the team.”
Stern said it comes down to what the owners decide.
“There’s a great and strong application from a terrific city to bring in a third and possibly a fourth team in a brand new building, well financed ownership group, without the ability yet to build because there are several things yet to overcome, but that’s really good and so if you’re a commissioner you like that,” he said.
Johnson told reporters that he believes, based on last year and an arena deal that was put together at that time by the City of Sacramento and the NBA, that he has an approved arena deal that can compete with the City of Seattle down the road.
Stern said he expects to have a report ready for the Board of Governors by April 18.