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Kings’ relocation: Follow the television money to Anaheim


That lease deal the city of Anaheim approved and is now awaiting a Maloof signature is not a great one for the Kings. Not really close. They take on more debt — a $50 million loan — and don’t get all the luxury box money, and just a percentage of concessions, parking and other incomes. Nobody should be calling it a sweet deal.

So how does it pencil out for the Kings?

Television money. As Sam Amick explained at his NBA Confidential (in a follow up to his exhaustive piece for ESPN), the television market is what changes everything.

Currently the Kings make $11 million a year from Comcast, Amick reports (the first time we have heard a figure).

In the Southern California market, they will likely at least triple that. Or quadruple it (which is what people around the Kings have hinted). Or more.

The Lakers just signed a 20-year deal with a soon-to-be-launched new cable sports network that the team swears is not going to pay them the reported $150 million a year everybody keeps hearing. But you can bet it’s in that ballpark. Although it may be 10 percent less at if the Kings move to town. So only $135 million a year.

Now they are the Lakers, the kings of all sports media in Los Angeles. They are story one, two and three in a city without an NFL team. The Kings are not going to get near that. But a third of that?

Fox Sports West needs someone to replace the Lakers on their schedule. There is an opening. Television ratings will come if they are successful. That is the key in Orange County and the Southern California (for attendance as well).

An extra $20-$30 million a year covers a lot of problems for the Maloof brothers. As always, it’s about the money. This time, it’s just television money more than just stadium money.

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.