There are plenty of people that are writing off the Kings’ future in Sacramento, but sources in Sacramento close to the situation have told PBT consistently that California’s capitol city will have the opportunity to make an offer to keep the team.
Whether or not that ultimately happens remains to be seen, but for now all of the reports since Adrian Wojnarowski’s bomb early Wednesday morning have pointed toward a bidding war between the two cities.
And now today, the figurehead of everything that is wrong with the Maloof family, George Maloof, told News 10 in Sacramento that a deal to sell the team to Seattle billionaire Chris Hansen is not close.
The Seattle Times has reported that the deal in Seattle has hit a snag because the Maloofs want some level of control in the decision-making of the franchise. This is a highly dubious claim because they can’t possibly believe that Hansen wants them around, the city of Seattle wants them around, or that the NBA wants them around. Again, it sounds like another negotiation ploy designed to drive up the asking price of the franchise.
If there is one thing that everyone following this saga — Kings fans in Sacramento, hoops fans in Seattle, the people in the league offices in New York — can agree on it is this: They don’t trust the Maloofs.
Anybody that is covering this situation that thinks they can pin down a greased pig should know better than to try to read this family’s mind, or try to say with any certainty what they will do, but the fact that George allowed himself to be put on the record has undertones of a bidding war.
Basically, how true you think it is probably is based on how you want to see this end. But that is what the man in the center of the storm said.
Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:
We likely won’t know more about the extent of his injury until tomorrow, but if it was serious, that would be a major loss for the Hornets. Kidd-Gilchrist is their best perimeter defender and an important piece if they hope to compete for a playoff spot this year.
CHICAGO — Derrick Rose is nearing a return to practice with the Bulls. After undergoing surgery on Wednesday to repair a fractured left orbital suffered in practice on Tuesday, Rose’s recovery is going as expected and he’s expected to rejoin the team on Wednesday.
“The follow-up [exam] went very well,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said after practice on Saturday. “They’ve advised him to continue to let that site heal, and they think the best way for him to do that is to stay at home at this time. We plan on him being back on Wednesday morning.”
Rose won’t be able to participate in practice for another week after that — Hoiberg said the previously announced two-week timetable for returning to basketball activities remains on schedule — but with a radically different offense, there’s a lot to learn, and just being around the team to watch practices and learn the new play sets is important.
“We’re going to actually get over there and watch some film with him today,” Hoiberg said. “Because again, like we talked about [Friday], we’ve added new sets, new things, so we’ll get him caught up by a couple of coaches going over and seeing him at his house.”
The two-week timetable puts Rose’s return to basketball activity around next Wednesday, October 14. From there, it will be a matter of getting him back into game shape before Hoiberg is comfortable playing him in games.
Hoiberg said earlier this week that he is optimistic Rose will be able to play when the Bulls kick off the regular season at home on October 27 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.