Arena deal crumbles, Sacramento's NBA future shaky

  • Sacramento Kings center Jason Thompson (34) reacts after slam-dunking over New Orleans Hornets power forward Carl Landry (24) and point guard Greivis Vasquez, left, in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, April 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

NEW YORK — The Kings' future in Sacramento is uncertain again.

A tentative deal for a new arena has fallen apart, leaving open the possibility the team's owners could again try to move from California's capital.

"Is the deal dead? As we know it, absolutely," Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said Friday.

The Maloof family has balked at terms of the agreement reached last month, and though they say they want to remain in Sacramento, Johnson isn't so sure after meeting with them Friday and hearing their list of concerns he said hadn't previously been disclosed.

"It just feels like they were coming up with reasons of why not to do the deal," Johnson said.

© The Press Democrat |  Terms of Service |  Privacy Policy |  Jobs With Us |  RSS |  Advertising |  Sonoma Media Investments |  Place an Ad
Switch to our Mobile View