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.