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The Lakers and Clippers strongly oppose the Kings' move to Anaheim, sources say, because it would bring a third team into their market playing out of a building (Anaheim's Honda Center) that sits just 30 miles away from Staples Center.

But the Lakers and Clippers would need 14 other teams to oppose the Kings' relocation when it reaches the voting stage. But one source said there are already strong indications in circulation that the Kings will be able to secure the minimum 16 votes required (and maybe more) to clinch the simple majority needed to ratify any proposed relocation.

It would appear that the best L.A.'s teams can hope for is a hefty relocation fee that could dissuade brothers Joe and Gavin Maloof, who co-own the Kings. Relocation fees in the NBA are "discretionary," meaning that the fee established by the league's Board of Governors vary from relocation to relocation. The Seattle SuperSonics, for example, paid a $30 million relocation fee when they moved to Oklahoma City.

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The more that I think about it, the more I love it. Sterling will be forced to step up his game as he will not be the only low-ball option in town any longer when Sacramento goes there. Think about it, we've all gone to a Clippers home game against the Lakers. How many Clipper fans are actually in those seats? That is the only time of the year that blue-collar Laker fans get to see their team. While their are die-hard Clipper fans like us, there are also a TON of people that are there to see the other team simply because they can't even afford parking at a Lakers game. With another second tier option in town (as much as we like to think we are better than second tier, we're not), Sterling will forced to step his game up....in theory.

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You would think so...I mean, Sterling has made SOME strides in making the franchise better, but there's still a ways to go. There's work to do to still change the Clippers' percieved image across the NBA, and as well as to start winning consistently on the court. If the RoyalKings become successful again on the court, and the Clippers are still stuck in rebuilding mode, it'll start to hurt the Clippers although probably not right away.

Remember that the Honda Center/Ducks are offering the Maloofs a $100 million loan to take care of the relocation costs; there's the relocation fee to the NBA (the Sonics paid $30 million to re-locate to Oklahoma City), and the additional fee that would have to paid to both the Clippers and Lakers for territorial rights. We figure that $100 million would split three ways like this: $30 mil to the Association, and $35 mil apiece to the L.A. teams. If the other owners vote in favor of the move, you think Sterling would turn down tens of millions of dollars?

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Paul Westphal is a great guy, but I'd prefer SAC move to Oakland and the Warriors come here with Paul.

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It just means us Clipper fans have another 4 more games we can attend during the year Smile

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Sacramento needs to move back to Kansas City IMHFO.

Regardless Sacramento will suck worse than more than most all NBA teams for many years. Evans and Cousins arent going to get Sacramento anywhere soon. And they will be bottom feeders for the next 14+years

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Also, the Grizzlies need to be re-named and moved to Seattle so we can bring back the Sonics.

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If this does happen, this will probably be the 1st time the NBA have ever done a schedule where a team can play a back to back to back.

Also means less road games for us, more opportunities to see other teams visit the So Cal area.

Being that they are not going to have a fan base, it is going to be interesting to see how the Maloof's attract the fans and it will also be interesting to see if they are going to top Donald Sterling because I am sure whatever he can do, they can do better.

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IMHO I think they should move to San Jose. Move to HP Pavilion center or whatever it's called. Kings should stay on Northern Cali. But if they don't want to stay I Sac town then they should atleast go to a city that could use a professional team that doesn't include hockey. Haha SJ is a nice place.

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I think they should stay in Northern California, move to San Francisco. I would go to the games, its better than have to go to Oakland. If they do move to Southern California they should move to San Diego or to Ontario, because Ontario just built that new arena.

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Where are they going to play in San Francisco? The Cow Palace is too old and too small, and someone is going to have to put up the money to a build an arena. Remember, the Giants' ballpark was privately-financed, after years of the public voting down measures to build them a new stadium, and the 49ers are on their way to Santa Clara after talks broke down about building a new stadium next to Candlestick Park. San Jose is the only other place next to Oakland that has a NBA-ready arena in place.

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the maloof brod has big businesses in las vegas why not move there and become a las vegas kings. Smile

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I agree they should move elsewehere, but the reality is they are coming to Anaheim.

LAKER forums speculate that the LAKERS organization will lose up to $300 million over a course of a certain amount of time.

i'm wondering what it would do for the Clippers?

With a 3rd team in hte Los Angeles market, the LAKERS dynasty possibly coming to an end, and players not wanting to come play for Sterling, whats the bigger picture on what it would do to the Clippers?

what kind of creativity, flexibility will the Maloof's have up their sleeves? They are more willing to do things that Sterling won't.

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I'm sure that Las Vegas was their first choice, but they face the economical problems that Sacramento is currently facing. I go to Vegas every few months to visit family, and I can tell you that that city is really struggling, especially with the hotels and casinos trying to stay afloat. Even some of the smaller businesses are closing up shop; the last time I was there, I stayed at the Palace Station hotel, and half of the business along Sahara Avenue, west of the hotel, were all boarded up. The city itself has tied up money in building a new city hall and just opened up a large bus transit center on the south edge of downtown.

However, it comes down to this...the majority of Las Vegas' tourism dollars come from Southern California, as you may know, the economy hasn't been the strongest either, so it's had a trickle-down effect on the Las Vegas economy. Even with that, ultimately down the line, if things fail in Anaheim, you can be sure that Las Vegas would be the first place that the Maloofs will look to once the economy recovers (if they still own the Kings in the future).

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agree to that--maybe sterling would step up his game. and since the kings n clips are going to be the upcoming teams of the west in the near future, a rivalry would create more fun here in l.a.

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Kings fans who protested in front of the city hall are probably the same people who don't want to pay taxes for a new arena. If you don't want to pay, then you don't retain the team.

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