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San Jose Officials Targeting Potential NBA Team For HP Pavilion
Published October 12, 2009
|SVSE Has Talked To A Number Of Teams In
Last Year About Relocating To HP Pavilion
NOT SO FAST: Kings co-Owner Gavin Maloof confirmed that "discussions have taken place" with San Jose officials, and he acknowledged that Kings President John Thomas "toured HP Pavilion last February." But Maloof added, "Yes, we've talked to other cities. We get calls all the time. But our message to everybody is the same. We want to stay in Sacramento, and we all want a solution to the arena. And if this isn't the right time because of the economy, then we'll wait. ... We're not going anywhere." Meanwhile, in Sacramento, Ailene Voisin noted the Kings are "operating in the black and are projected to break even throughout the season, the result of reducing operating costs and more prudent salary cap management." Also, the Maloofs "have become increasingly more visible locally," and Gavin Maloof in particular is "said to be dictating the new ticket packaging and marketing plans, and in general, pressing hard for the organization to reconnect with the community" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 10/11).