Report: Deal reached to move Sacramento Kings to Seattle

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by KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on January 9, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 9 at 6:21 PM

A post on Twitter Tuesday night had Seattle NBA fans buzzing about the possibility of a team returning to the Emerald City.

Daina Falk, the daughter of NBA player's agent David Falk, tweeted, "So I hear that the Seattle Kings is officially a done deal! The Maloofs finally sold the ailing Sacramento team. #NBA."

Sometime before 6 a.m. Wednesday, the tweet had been deleted. But buzz about a sale fired up again later Wednesday morning when Yahoo! Sports reporter Adrian Wojnarowski began Tweeting about a deal reached between the Maloofs and Chris Hansen, the leader of a group working to return the NBA to Seattle and build a new sports arena.

Wojnarowski reports the deal would be to sell the Kings to Hansen and Microsoft chairman Steve Ballmer for about $500 million. The team would move to KeyArena next season and play there for two years before moving into the new arena proposed for the SODO neighborhood.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said he would not comment on Twitter rumors.

An environmental impact study must still be completed on that arena, and the Seattle Arena team faces a lawsuit by the longshoreman's union over concerns about how game traffic will affect traffic at the nearby Port of Seattle.

Collected here are Tweets from Wojnarowski, KING 5's Chris Daniels, and other reporters working on this story:

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