The Kings and Golden State Warriors have scheduled a preseason game next season in Seattle, according to multiple league sources.
According to a source, the Warriors had hoped to schedule an exhibition game in Seattle last fall but were unable to do so due to their preseason trip to China. At the conclusion of the season, the Sonics franchise moved to Oklahoma City and became the Oklahoma City Thunder. Now-Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and Chris Hansen attempted to buy the Kings with the intent to move them to Seattle, but then-NBA commissioner David Stern gave Sacramento a chance to put together a group of investors to match the sales price. For now, this preseason game creates intrigue there. The Bee reports the game will be at KeyArena.
The preseason game also marks the return of Kevin Durant, who spent his first season on the Sonics roster.
For Kings fans, any mention of Seattle as it relates to the National Basketball Association brings up memories of Steve Ballmer and Chris Hansen's attempts to purchase the Kings from the Maloofs in 2013 and move the franchise to Seattle.
Voisin adds that the contract for the game has not been signed yet, but that is just a formality.
Durant was drafted second overall in the 2007 National Basketball Association draft by the Supersonics and played one season there before the franchise was moved to Oklahoma City by owner Clay Bennett shortly after Durant won the 2008 Rookie of the Year.