Report: Kings expected to remain in Sacramento

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There will apparently be professional basketball in Sacramento next season.

NBA executives told the Los Angeles Times Friday that they expect the Kings to play in California's capital city next season. The Maloof ownership group was reportedly mulling a move to Anaheim's Honda Center, home of the NHL's Ducks, for the 2011-12 campaign.

The Times reports the Kings could remain in Sacramento beyond next season if city and county officials, along with local businesses, back up the pledges made by mayor Kevin Johnson. He is pushing for a new downtown arena for the Kings, who have played in Power Balance Pavilion -- formerly known as Arco Arena -- since the 1988-89 season.

An NBA spokesperson told The Sports Network that the league's staff will be in Sacramento on Monday doing continued fact finding on support for the Kings remaining in the city. Clay Bennett, chairman of the NBA's relocation committee, had informative meetings the last two days with Johnson, elected officials and business leaders. Bennett will be reporting back to the relocation committee next week.

The Kings have missed the playoffs the last five seasons. The team finished with a 24-58 record during 2010-11, its third straight last-place showing in the Pacific Division.


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