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Kings Owners In Talks To Move Team From Sacramento

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Tyreke Evans #13 of the Sacramento Kings shoots the ball against the Oklahoma City Thunder on February 12, 2011 at ARCO Arena in Sacramento. (Rocky Widner/Getty Images)

Tyreke Evans #13 of the Sacramento Kings shoots the ball against the Oklahoma City Thunder on February 12, 2011 at ARCO Arena in Sacramento. (Rocky Widner/Getty Images)

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SACRAMENTO (BCN) – At least one city has made significant attempts to entice the Sacramento Kings to move away from the Capitol City, according to NBA commissioner David Stern.

In a Saturday conference with journalists, Stern acknowledged the Kings’ owners, the Maloofs, have been in discussions with Anaheim about moving the Kings.

Stern added that he was taking a hands-off approach to the subject, but did say the NBA had no plans to start new arena talks with the city of Sacramento.

“All I’ll say is we and they have tried very hard over the years to see whether a new building could be built, and with the collapse of the last attempt, which took a few years and a few million dollars on behalf of the league, I said we’re not going to spend any more time on that,” Stern said.

Reports have indicated that Lousiville, Seattle and Las Vegas have also expressed interest to the Maloofs about a possible move.

The league has set a deadline of March 1 for a decision to be made on any possible move.

The Maloofs have said they are working with David Taylor, the developer picked by Sacramento officials, to come up with a new arena plan, but that plan could take May to finish.

The Maloofs have not commented on how any negotiations might be proceeding.

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