The NBA has confirmed a committee of owners unanimously recommended the league deny the Kings' application to relocate to Seattle on Monday.
Rotoworld's Aaron Bruski originally reported the news. The vote by a joint finances and relocation committee all but assures the Kings will remain in Sacramento and likely be sold to a group of four major investors that plan to build a new area somewhere in the city. The panel's recommendation will be sent before the full Board of Governors in May, where a final vote on the Kings' ownership situation will be held. Make sure to follow Bruski for the final updates as this saga finally comes to a close.
Kings owner George Maloof told Bryan May of News10 Sacramento that he expects a decision on the team's ownership status by the first week of May.
George Maloof and his brother Gavin were in New York for the NBA's Board of Governors meetings Thursday. The league is currently deciding whether the Kings should be sold to Chris Hansen and moved to Seattle or whether they should be sold to a group of investors that will keep the team in Sacramento. There's been little indication as to which way commissioner David Stern and the league's other owners are leaning and this remains a case of wait and see. As a reminder, you can follow Rotoworld's Aaron Bruski for all the updates on this story.
The good DeMarcus Cousins showed up against the Clippers on Wednesday, shooting 14-of-24 from the field for 36 points with 22 boards, three assists and three blocks in 41 minutes.
It was a bumpy ride for Cousins all year and needless to say, he and coach Keith Smart won't be going on any offseason golf outings. Cousins had career highs in percentages with 46.2 percent from the field and 73.7 percent from the line, but his inconsistencies all season may have soured owners on drafting him next season.
Tyreke Evans (knee, quad) said that he landed on a wet spot and that he's "a little sore," but he's already been ruled out of Wednesday's game against the Clippers.
Evans said he'd "ice it and maybe take some pain pills," but no matter what the injury is, his season is over with one game left. Without Evans available, Marcus Thornton should get a green light to do a lot of heavy lifting on offense on Wednesday, so for owners still playing, Thornton is a strong add. Evans will enter the offseason as a restricted free agent.
Isaiah Thomas scored 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting (including four threes) with four rebounds, two assists and five turnovers over 27 minutes in the Kings' loss to the Thunder on Monday.
Thomas has been somewhat vocal about Keith Smart's rotations and tonight the normally upbeat player looked extremely frustrated on the court, especially after a series of plays in which teammates ignored him wide open at the 3-point line. Smart benched IT for the second quarter and then after Thomas was key in wiping out a big Thunder lead in the second half, Smart benched him some more. Hilariously, Smart talked in postgame like he'll be coaching the Kings next season.
DeMarcus Cousins did not get a technical foul in Monday's loss to the Thunder, which means he'll be allowed by the league to play in Wednesday's finale.
It's sort of pathetic that this is news, but that's the way Cousins rolls and he'll be ready to suit up on Wednesday night, assuming he doesn't tell Keith Smart to go kick rocks between now and then. Cousins did not play in the fourth quarter and saw just 25 minutes on his way to seven points, six boards, five turnovers and plenty of low-effort plays in the loss.