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Kevin Durant may end up claiming the No. 1 spot, but for now it belongs to Gary Payton.

   
December 27, 2013 Updates

"If the Kings had moved to Seattle, it's not like I would've been upset," said Thomas, who believes the NBA will return to Seattle one day. "I mean, who wouldn't want to play at home? But if we didn't leave Sacramento, which we didn't, I wouldn't be mad either because I love this city of Sacramento and the things that they've done for me. They've welcomed me in open arms. I can't say enough about the city of Sacramento." Bleacher Report

December 3, 2013 Updates

From afar, Kevin Durant was like plenty of us last season, following the ongoing saga in Sacramento as the city tried — and eventually succeeded — in keeping its NBA team from leaving for Seattle. But with his knowledge of the league and connection to the Emerald City, it put him in a strange spot, rooting for and against both sides. “It’s almost like a lose-lose situation because you want to see Seattle get a team, but you don’t want to see Sacramento lose theirs,” Durant said at shootaround in Sacramento on Tuesday, in advance of the Thunder’s game against the Kings on Tuesday night. Oklahoman

November 8, 2013 Updates

Supporters of the effort to build a new arena and bring the NBA back to Seattle say they are confident things will remain on track, even though mayor Mike McGinn lost his reelection bid. McGinn was a leading force in crafting the deal to build a new arena with investor Chris Hansen and had strong backing from official Sonics fan groups, who turned out in force to support the mayor throughout the campaign. "There have been a lot of people that have told me sports fans don't have influence and don't vote," says Brian Robinson, co-founder of Save our Sonics. "We proved that our values matter and people will step up to the table. The last component of it was showing that we can bring out campaign dollars and campaign volunteers and votes, and we did that convincingly in the primary. I'm really proud of the job we've done since." MyNorthwest.com

November 6, 2013 Updates

The Charlotte Observer published a review of the concert, which includes a strange note about Oklahoma City: Vedder’s patter was kept to a minimum, but left an impression. He made light of the fact that Pearl Jam hadn’t been through Charlotte in 10 years: “To be honest, we might be a bit upset because you have a basketball team and we don’t,” he said, lamenting the SuperSonics’ move to Oklahoma City in 2008. Through the far-reaching arms of the Ogle Mole Network, we’ve acquired video of Eddie’s “lamenting.” Let’s say he’s not too happy with all those fuckers in Oklahoma City. The Lost Ogle

September 18, 2013 Updates
September 15, 2013 Updates

Payton continued his criticism of Schultz, who was criticized heavily in Seattle for selling the Sonics to an owner who had relocation intentions. Schultz sold the Sonics less than six months after announcing they were on the market. “He just messed up our whole [franchise] and people did leave Seattle alone when he owned the team,” said Payton. “That’s why he had to sell it again, because he was struggling. He made a lot of silly moves and the first silly move was getting rid of me.” Boston Globe

“I wasn’t asking for a lot; I never asked for a new contract [before my previous one expired],” Payton said about his final season in Seattle. “All I asked was whether we were going to get an extension [in the offseason] and [Schultz] made it seem like, ‘I don’t care about you no more, you’re nothing.’ So, that’s what happened. He [saw] that wasn’t the right way and the whole franchise went downhill from there. “It was time to go. I didn’t want to work for this guy. He knew it and I knew it. We don’t have the right people running this squad. Why sit here and be miserable.” Boston Globe

September 12, 2013 Updates

Chris Hansen’s secret contribution to a group opposed to a new arena in Sacramento will not hurt the billionaire’s efforts to deliver an NBA team to Seattle, said incoming NBA commissioner Adam Silver. “I would say it won’t affect Seattle’s chances,” Silver said Sunday in Springfield, Mass., before the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame ceremony. “I haven’t talked to Chris since those allegations came out. I think as he said, he got caught up in the moment.” Seattle Times

Given the fact there aren’t any teams currently for sale, the bigger question is whether the 30-team NBA is going to expand anytime soon. “That’s up to commissioner Silver,” Stern said. And Silver replied: “I would never say it’s never going to happen. There’s nothing in the works at the moment. We were very clear when we were going through the issue with Steve Ballmer and Mr. Hansen that expansion was not in the cards right now.” Seattle Times

Silver said the NBA has more immediate concerns, namely negotiations on a television contract that expires in 2016. “Obviously the league has grown over the years and there may come a point to look at it,” Silver said, regarding expansion. “But right now coming off of our new collective bargaining agreement, we really want to make sure we have 30 franchises that are all financially sound and with great competition in their markets. “That’s where our focus is right now.” Seattle Times

September 9, 2013 Updates

Billionaire Chris Hansen must pay the California Fair Political Practices Commission $50,000 for his role in a secretive effort to funnel money to a group trying to thwart Sacramento's efforts to build a new downtown arena. Hansen gave $100,000 to a group gathering signatures to force a vote on the city's plan to help build a new home for the Sacramento Kings. It came just days after the NBA rejected his $625 million bid to buy the team and move it to Seattle. USA Today Sports

September 3, 2013 Updates
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August 16, 2013 Updates

Chris Hansen, the Seattle investor who tried to buy the Sacramento Kings earlier this year, was unmasked today as the mystery donor behind the petition campaign seeking to derail the Kings' proposed new downtown arena. Hansen's involvement in donating $80,000 to a group gathering signatures in Sacramento was revealed by a source this afternoon. The revelation came one day after the state's political watchdog, the Fair Political Practices Commission, sued the Los Angeles law firm that wired $80,000 to the signature-gathering campaign. The lawsuit demanded to know the identity of the donor. A court hearing had been scheduled for Monday. Sacramento Bee

July 24, 2013 Updates

And yet, despite the failed attempt, Kemp hasn’t given up hope. We spoke with the six-time All-Star, who averaged 14.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game over the course of his 14-season career, for a feature in the upcoming issue of KICKS—which we’ll be able to tell you all about shortly—and he made clear he believes the city will be given a franchise soon enough. “I’m not going anywhere,” Kemp said. “We got a little bit of a delay with the votes that came back from the NBA, and we understood why. We understood Mr. Stern is going out of the office and he didn’t want to take the chance with anything negative happening with another NBA team, but we’re pretty confident here in Seattle that within the next two to three years we’re gonna have some basketball back this way.” SLAM

July 16, 2013 Updates
June 13, 2013 Updates

Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer, the principal investors in the prospective Seattle basketball ownership group, have reportedly started “productive” talks with the NBA for securing an expansion team. Expansion seems to be the preferred option for Hansen’s group, which lost its bid last month to acquire the Sacramento Kings and relocate them to Seattle. There appears to be a “working plan” to bring the NBA back to Seattle, according to Tim Montemayor of KGO Radio in San Francisco. “Several NBA sources in the know tell me there have been productive talks on expansion in Seattle,” Montemayor wrote Wednesday on Twitter. “As the league preps for a new TV deal they have discussed a timetable but have not settled the issue. Seattle Post-Intelligencer

May 28, 2013 Updates

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