HoopsHype Kevin Johnson rumors

May 31, 2013 Updates
May 20, 2013 Updates

Chris Hansen: I’d like to start out by congratulating Mayor Johnson and the fans in Sacramento for the tremendous effort they put together to keep their team. Given what our community went through in 2008, if there is any silver lining in this for Seattle it is seeing Sacramento’s dedicated fan base successfully rally to keep the Kings. This was never about Seattle fans versus Sacramento fans, and it goes unsaid that there is a mutual respect given the circumstances we have both been through. This process was instead about our group and our city putting our best foot forward in an honest and transparent way to return basketball to Seattle, and in that regard our efforts remain undeterred. SonicsArena.com

May 19, 2013 Updates
May 17, 2013 Updates

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson announced to screaming throngs of Kings fans Friday that the deal to sell the NBA franchise to a group led by software tycoon Vivek Ranadive has been signed. The announcement at a City Hall rally brings to an end nearly five months of maneuvering by Johnson to secure a new ownership group, convince the council to commit to building a new downtown arena, and to show the NBA that the capitol city of the most populous state in the nation has the fan base to make the venture successful. ESPN.com

The mayor was conciliatory toward Seattle, but said he focused throughout the negotiations on promoting Sacramento as thriving city with 19 sellout seasons, one of the longest streaks in the NBA. "Seattle is a great city and we want them to get a team. For us, it was never a competition. It was about our community telling our story," Johnson said, adding: "It's about not letting someone take something that's not theirs." ESPN.com

May 16, 2013 Updates
May 15, 2013 Updates
May 14, 2013 Updates

The Mayor will make a presentation in Dallas, Texas for tomorrow's National Basketball Association Board of Governors' meeting. Johnson says he is confident the NBA owners will vote to keep the team in Sacramento in spite of a recent bid increase for the team made by the Seattle group, "We have been told by the NBA early on this would not be a bidding war and I think there's something that does a disservice to the process and the NBA if you're just gonna always sell to the highest bidder. I mean, what would tell every other small and medium-sized market that "You always have to worry about your franchise." That's not the nature and the spirit of the NBA." Capital Public Radio

As he prepared to board a plane for the NBA Board of Governors meeting in Dallas, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Tuesday told reporters the Maloofs have not closed the door on making a deal with a group that would keep the Kings in town. "We're holding our breath as a city," Johnson said at a short press briefing at Sacramento International Airport. Sacramento Bee

Indications the day before the scheduled Sacramento-Seattle vote that the India issue will have very little sway in the final outcome. This is more along the lines of minor development compared to the larger issues -- arena, revenue sharing, relocation fee, etc. -- but it is noteworthy considering SAC mayor Kevin Johnson had made the presence of Vivek Ranadive, born and raised in India before striking it rich in the San Francisco area, a focus of the bid to retain the Kings. In Johnson's mind, Ranadive could help the NBA advance its goal of a greater presence in the world second-most populous country and generate millions for the league. But, said one person very familiar with the thinking of the Board of Governors: "It's not a factor at all." Sulia

May 10, 2013 Updates
May 8, 2013 Updates

Mayor Kevin Johnson is so confident that the Kings are staying put, he's got some advice for the guys trying to buy the team and move it to Seattle: Back off. While saying he understands why they are putting up a fight, Johnson said Tuesday that hedge fund manager Chris Hansen and Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer should "take the high road and be gracious." Hansen and Ballmer have said they are still exploring their options after the NBA's relocation committee recommended by a 7-0 vote against their plan to move the Kings to the Emerald City. "Once the relocation committee spoke as loud and as clear as it did, I would probably take a step back and understand that I'm probably not going to get this team, so how can I put Seattle in the best possible position to get a team moving forward?" the mayor said. Sacramento Bee

May 7, 2013 Updates

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson says if he were leading the Seattle group trying to move the Sacramento Kings, he’d give up. The mayor says Seattle should focus on the next opportunity to get an NBA franchise, "Once the relocation committee spoke as loud and as clear as it did, I would probably take a step back and understand that I'm probably not going to get this team so how can I put Seattle, Ballmer, Hansen, the Nordstrom family and anybody else from Seattle in the best possible position to get a team going forward. I would take the high road and I'd be gracious." Capital Public Radio

The Mayor says lawyers are negotiating a possible sale of the Kings by their majority owners to a group of Sacramento investors. He hopes the NBA Board of Governors has a deal to approve when it meets next Wednesday, "Everybody knows what's at stake. Everyone knows what that timeline is. Everyone's working toward that end. I'm sure there's a 101 things that could go wrong or could slow things up. But, we're all very hopeful that, come out of the May 15th, there'll be a final decision." Capital Public Radio

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.