Relocation committee recommends Kings stay in Sacramento

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We are one step closer to a resolution in the Sacramento Kings/Seattle SuperSonics saga after the NBA's relocation committee made a unanimous recommendation to deny the request to relocate the team to Seattle, according to several reports.

This does not totally rule out the chance for relocation, but it would be pretty odd to see the NBA Board of Governors decide against a unanimous decision from the relocation committee. The Board of Governors will meet May 13 to formally vote on the matter.  The reaction from Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson came quick on Twitter and was obviously one of excitement.

The next question is whether there will be any sort of legal action taken by either the Hansen/Ballmer Seattle group or the Maloofs themselves. However, I am sure David Stern and Adam Silver will be quick to tell Hansen and Ballmer that they want them to be part of the league and will look at them and Seattle very favorably the next time a team is for sale.

One fan base's good news is another fan base's bad news. Seattle's fan base has been hungry for a franchise since the Sonics left for Oklahoma City in 2008. They were very close to getting one now with the Maloofs accepting the Hansen group's bid to buy the team. Seattle fans will have to keep waiting unfortunately.

But for now it is time for celebration in Sacramento, where a one pro team city looks like it will remain that way for several years to come.