PAUL KITAGAKI JR. / pkitagaki@sacbee.com

The 76ers' Spencer Hawes battles the Kings' Jason Thompson for a rebound. Hawes was booed throughout Sunday's game.

Kings notes: Hawes roots for Seattle bid

Published: Monday, Mar. 25, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2C
Last Modified: Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2013 - 12:13 pm

Spencer Hawes doesn't mince words.

He's from Seattle and wants his hometown to land an NBA franchise, even if it comes at the expense of the team that drafted him moving there.

"I won't make any qualms about where I stand," Hawes said. "I want to see my hometown get a franchise. There is some confliction, but I'm not going to beat around the bush about what my stance is."

Predictably, that stance earned Hawes scorn in his return to Sacramento as a Philadelphia 76er for Sunday's game at Sleep Train Arena.

Hawes' celebratory tweets about the possible return of the NBA to Seattle in January drew the ire of Kings fans. They began an online campaign to boo the center anytime he touched the ball or his name was mentioned by the public-address announcer, and he got an earful Sunday.

Hawes hated seeing Seattle "sold a false hope" when the Oklahoma City-based ownership group bought the SuperSonics and discussed keeping them there.

And he admits he "kind of gets hypocritical and my hometown fandom comes out more than maybe it should" in the situation because he believes the only way Seattle will get a team is if the city takes a franchise in the manner Oklahoma City took the Sonics.

"I think the group from Seattle this time around, their intentions have been clear from the beginning," Hawes said. "For better or worse, you prefer it like that."

Hawes admires the effort by Sacramento fans and Mayor Kevin Johnson to keep the Kings from being sold and moved. But he is skeptical about what might come of Sacramento's efforts.

"There's a sale agreement that's in place. There was a pretty big check that was cashed to secure that it goes through," Hawes said, referring to the $30 million payment made to the Maloofs.

"This is a business, and when you agree to sell a business, I don't think it's necessarily written in any bylaws that you necessarily have the right to match any offer. I don't know all the intricacies of this, but I wish the first time around the city of Seattle would have acted like Sacramento did with all the efforts."

Regarding talk of an expansion team for Seattle, adding one isn't as easy as it sounds, said Hawes, who was closely involved in the negotiations of the current collective bargaining agreement. Issues over revenue sharing, among others, complicate the expansion debate, he said.

Hawes had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the 76ers' 117-103 win.

Et cetera – Kings center DeMarcus Cousins was called for his 13th technical foul of the season in the second quarter when he and 76ers forward Thaddeus Young were talking too much for the officials' liking at the free-throw line. Unless it's rescinded, Cousins would be three technicals from an automatic one-game suspension.

• Kings forward James Johnson (personal reasons) was not with the team for the eighth consecutive game.

Follow The Bee's Jason Jones on Twitter @mr_jasonjones and read more about the team at www.sacbee.com/kings.

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