The Sacramento Kings held discussions last May on a possible move to Henderson, Nev., a suburb of Las Vegas, according to court papers filed this week.
Although the talks didn't lead to a deal, the court papers shed new light on the Maloof family's willingness to relocate the franchise following the demise of the arena deal in downtown Sacramento last April.
Last month the family announced it was selling its controlling interest in the Kings to a group that would move the team to Seattle.
The Nevada discussions surfaced in a massive lawsuit filed by the city of Henderson against a developer named Christopher Milam, claiming Milam misled city officials about a land deal. The city says Milam lied to the city about the viability of his proposal to build a sports arena.
In papers filed this week in Clark County District Court, Milam said he really tried to build an arena and was in discussions with the Kings about a move.
He said he met last May with Tony Guanci, a longtime Maloof business partner, and Bob Hernreich, an Oklahoma businessman who owns 12 percent of the Kings. The meeting was held at the offices of the Goldman Sachs investment bank in New York, according to Milam. Also at the meeting were Henderson mayor Andy Hafen and acting-city attorney Christine Guerci-Nyhus, according to Milam.
Eric Rose, a Maloof family spokesman, said today: "Our policy is not to discuss who the Kings had their discussions with."
The Maloof family has had business operations in Las Vegas for years, most recently the Palms Casino.
© Copyright The Sacramento Bee. All rights reserved.
Read more articles by Dale Kasler
What You Should Know About Comments on Sacbee.com
Sacbee.com is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)
Here are some rules of the road:
Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "Report Abuse" link to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.
Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.
Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.
Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand.
Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.
Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.
Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.
Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.
Don't flag other users' comments just because you don't agree with their point of view. Please only flag comments that violate these guidelines.
You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "Report Abuse" link to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.
If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them.