The Maloofs are a massive joke and terrible human beings. They are trying everything in their powers to spite the city of Sacramento. If that means selling out from the NBA and moving the team out of Sacramento, they do it. I have no doubt in my mind.
They got soo mad when the deal to Anaheim was nuked where basically they were a heartbeat away moving the team there. So, they lost their chance of moving the Kings to a lucrative market in socal WHILE still being owners of the Kings and have all of their (or most of it iirc) debt erased by Samueli. Since then, KJ/Sacramento and the Maloofs never saw eye to eye anymore. A lot of people here are ignoring this part of the issue. The Maloofs hate Sacramento/KJ! They keep saying "we will never leave Sacramento, the fan support here is great" for the last couple of years now, it's obvious that they are liars! Scumbags! I can't believe they have the audacity to babble to the media and make themselves innocent. "we killed the sacramento deal because we didn't plan to pay $3m for predevelop fees so therefore kj/sacramento are cocksucking liars and not people to trust in deals herp derp!!1!"
Here are some snippets from last year:
Six weeks after the Sacramento Kings's owners and California's capital city reached a tentative financing plan for a new arena, city leaders and the Maloof family are publicly declaring their mistrust of each other, leaving the team's future in doubt.
The Maloof family is still insisting that it has no interest in leaving Sacramento, despite balking Friday at the terms of the funding framework. But they now say they no longer trust Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and don't want to work with him.
"You can't do a deal with somebody you don't trust," George Maloof said Saturday, according to The Sacramento Bee. "I don't trust him."
"I don't think I'd want to negotiate with the mayor," Maloof told USA TODAY Sports on Saturday. "Maybe there's someone else that I'd feel more comfortable with.
Meanwhile, elected officials representing Sacramento have blasted the Maloofs, claiming they've turned their backs on the city late in the game
"As their bizarre press conference (on Friday in New York) laid bare for all to see, dealing with the Maloofs is like dealing with the North Koreans -- except they are less competent," Chris Lehane said in a statement released to USA Today. "In Maloof-world, facts are fiction; truths are half-truths; and promises are broken promises. The City of Sacramento deserves better."
"It just feels like they were coming up with reasons of why not to do the deal," Johnson said.
"Sacramento deserves partners who will live by their word," Steinberg said, according to The Sacramento Bee. "I hope the NBA and its owners do not allow this kind of bad behavior to occur without consequences."
"Once again, the Maloofs have turned their back on a deal and shown their contempt for Sacramento," Dickinson added, according to the report.
Even Stern (at the time) saw through Maloof BS and basically give them the bird:
Stern: League will not approve Kings move to Anaheim
Should the Maloofs file to relocate the franchise to another city, the NBA's Board of Governors would have to vote whether or not to allow a move.
"If there was a vote now, there would be no support for a move," Stern said. "And I believe the ownership that says they're planning to stay (in Sacramento).
And I leave this here: