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Plan B: Hansen, Maloofs might ask NBA to approve Kings sale even without relocation approval

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Even if NBA owners vote against relocating the Kings to Seattle, Chris Hansen is still pursuing the sale of the team. Apparently, he and the Maloofs are now considering an idea where Hansen still buys the team but keeps the Kings in Sacramento for at least a year. The plan is that, if the new Sacramento arena is not on-schedule or if Kings attendance does not increase, Hansen (as the new Kings owner) will re-apply for relocation to Seattle next year. The article doesn't speculate about what would happen if Hansen buys the Kings but the NBA continues to deny relocation, however. It appears that Hansen & Co. are willing to take a page out of the Clay Bennett handbook in order to purchase an NBA franchise, and the league might consider, once again, using an out-of-town owner as leverage to spur arena construction. Who knows how many tricks Chris has up his sleeve.....

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