The NBA is set to hold a meeting Thursday in New York on the possible relocation of the Sacramento Kings to Anaheim, the Sacramento Bee reported.
Kings co-owner George Maloof said Thursday morning that he and his brothers would make a presentation outlining the pros and cons of both cities. He said no decision has been made yet, but suggested he and his brothers were leaning toward filing an application to relocate.
"We’re making a presentation (Thursday) about what’s good and bad about Sacramento and Anaheim. If the owners are comfortable with it, we’ll take the next step. We’ll put in an application on Monday if things are right," said Maloof, whose family took majority ownership of the Kings in 1999.
Maloof’s comments are the first confirmation from a member of the family about the much-speculated bid to move to Anaheim.
The NBA Board of Governors, along with the owners, are set for two days of meetings at New York City’s St. Regis Hotel.
A majority of owners must approve any team relocation, and it is believed that Lakers owner Jerry Buss and Clippers owner Donald Sterling will voice strong opposition against the Kings moving into their backyard.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA All-Star, will make a presentation on why the Kings should remain in the city, while Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait will make the case for why his city is ready to welcome an NBA team.