Scott Howard-Cooper's post on Basketball | Latest updates on Sulia
I may grab a quick law degree before updating the odds on a Kings move to Seattle, but I know this much for sure:
Anything that puts more time on the clock for Sacramento is a good thing. That has always been the case, and not just in the latest threat to remove part of the heart of the city without anesthesia. (And that was certainly the case when I wrote a couple months ago about the strong chance the Kings would remain for 2013-14 unless the Maloofs changed their mind on selling. There was no resolution in sight on the Sacramento-arena front, but another potential lame-duck season beats no season.)
Now, with the legal challenges potentially dragging the owner uncertainty into summer, Sacramento will have to consider the possibility no one could have seen coming: the sale to the group led by Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer going final too late for a move to Seattle for next season and the Kings staying in Sleep Train Arena in 2013-14 as the transition to Washington is only delayed, not stopped. What fun that will be for the staff trying to sell tickets in Sacramento.
While the NBA would like a resolution at the Board of Governors meeting April 18-19 in New York, it does not absolutely need one by then. The league has shown flexibility in the past and can go into the summer, even if it means the headache of preparing one schedule if the team is in Sacramento and another is the team is in Seattle. The case winding through the courts would not be pretty, but it may be inevitable. Whether it will ultimately mean victory for Sacramento is not as clear.