SACRAMENTO, Calif. – For those who enjoy the league-wide musings on this still-in-its-infancy site, you’ll just have to be patient when it comes to the frequent Kings updates.
The reality that I’m a former Kings beat writer who is still based in this part of the country coupled with the fact that the team’s new deadline to file for relocation is on April 18 means it’s a story I’m naturally drawn to and will see through until the end. And as I wrote for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area on Monday night, the reality is that a Kings move to Anaheim still looks likely.
That possibility came with a subplot in the latest game, as a move before next season would make it the Sacramento finale between these two regional rivals (the Warriors host the Kings on April 10 in their final faceoff). It’s that kind of mood out at Power Balance Pavilion/formerly Arco Arena these days, where the nostalgia has certainly taken over among the fans who are well aware there are only seven home games left.
One post-publication note regarding the CSN piece: I’m still opting for words like ‘likely’ and ‘may’ in regards to relocation for a reason. There are very subtle signs that the Maloofs might not sign the dotted line before the deadline, and it remains unclear exactly what would lead to that unexpected development.
As always, I’ll share most of – if not all – of what I know, and would strongly caution against any false hope among the most faithful fans. But as you’ve already heard elsewhere and I can confirm, the deal is not done.
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