SACRAMENTO, CA - Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson responded to NBA commissioner David Stern's comments that Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof were considering filing moving papers with the NBA to move the team to Anaheim.
Johnson released a statement where he said he is aware that discussions between the Kings and various groups around the country have taken place, but that no deal is in place. Johnson also said he has no plans on giving up on keeping the Kings in Sacramento.
"As far as I'm concerned, the Kings are still Sacramento's team and deserve our full support," Johnson said. "Nothing has changed from the standpoint of doing whatever we can to make sure Sacramento fans are known as the best fans in the NBA."
Johnson added a feasibility study scheduled to be conducted by the ICON-David Taylor team will still happen even if the Kings decide not to take the group's scheduled meeting.
"If the Maloofs decide for whatever reason not to meet, ICON Taylor assures me they will continue with the study. This is consistent with what I've said all along: building a new entertainment and sports complex is not about a basketball team," Johnson said. "It's about creating an economic driver to create jobs, stimulate development and give our region a centerpiece for culture, arts and entertainment."
Johnson's comments come on day after City councilwoman Angelique Ashby also said Sacramento will continue working on plans to build a new sports arena. The Maloofs have until March 1 to file relocation papers with the NBA to move to Anaheim starting next season.
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