Chris Hansen’s Seattle group has a purchase agreement with the Maloofs, current Kings’ owners, but the thought among a lot of people is that the deal is dead.
McGinn said if it is, the city’s deal with Hansen to build a new arena still has several years and there are presumably several more deals to be done to secure a team.
But to Sonics fans, it’s a big blow.
“It feels like we’re losing a kid we never got to adopt,” David Vahey said.
Vahey was printing new Sonics T-shirts with the words “We’re Back!,” when he got the news about the relocation committee. He immediately put the T-shirts on hold.
“It just hurts,” he said.