NBA Rumors: Could the Sacramento Kings Stay in California With Counteroffer?

By Dan Parzych
(Kelley L. Cox/USA Today Sports)

One of the hottest NBA rumors over the last week or so has been the possibility of the Sacramento Kings moving to Seattle–a city that has been trying to get an NBA team back for a couple of years now–as early as the 2013-14 season. While everything seemed to be set in stone a week ago as far as the move goes, it appears the city of Sacramento will present a counteroffer to keep the team around.

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson–who happens to be a former player himself–claims he has a plan that could help fix the team financially, but he better act quickly considering the deadline to apply for a move before next season is March 1. It’s understandable for Johnson to want to keep the Kings in Sacramento, but it’s difficult to imagine the team sticking around considering how long it’s been since they were strong contenders in the Western Conference.

And while the city of Seattle filled with die-hard SuperSonics fans from back in the day would love the chance of landing another basketball team to root for, it’s still not going to help with the fact their team used to be the Oklahoma City Thunder–arguably one of the best teams in the Western Conference that seems capable of being a contender for years to come.

Even if the Kings end up moving to Seattle, none of the players of the new team will come close to the impact that Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have on the league.

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