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Source: Maloofs undecided about Kings move; Arena plans crumbling?

9:50 PM, Apr 29, 2011   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA -  The Maloof family remains undecided as the May 2 NBA deadline looms closer for the owners of the Sacramento Kings to file for relocation, a source tells News10.

According to the source, it is unlikely that the Maloofs will make a decision before Monday whether or not to move the franchise to Anaheim. The NBA's relocation deadline is set for 2 p.m. on Monday.

Last week, six counties emerged to form a Joint Powers Authority in a regional attempt to deliver a new entertainment and sports arena to Sacramento.

The source said that some of the six counties in the Joint Powers Authority are already facing resistance from county agencies.

Despite recent reports, no one in Maloof family has spoken to billionaire businessman Ron Burkle in the past two months, according the source. 

Burkle has expressed his interest in purchasing the Kings from the Maloof family, who have reiterated that they have no desire to sell the team. 

Media outlets reported that the Maloof family spoke to Burkle on Thursday, however that was refuted by the source.

The source said the Maloof's upcoming decision will be in the best interest for the future of the franchise; however, if the Maloofs decide to stay in Sacramento, it will be because of the fans' loyalty.

By Sean Cunningham, SCunningham@News10.net
Twitter: @News10Sean 

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