February 21, 2018, 8:12 pm
The Kings are going to Seattle.
No that’s not a headline from a 2013 article. According to Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee, the Kings will face the Warriors in an exhibition game at Key Arena in 2018.
Golden State will be the host of the contest and it would be the return of star Kevin Durant, who played for the Supersonics before the team became the Thunder in 2008.
Playing a preseason game in a neutral city would be nothing new to either team. The Warriors played exhibition games in China just last year and the Kings regularly schedule preseason games against the Lakers in Las Vegas.
The Warriors are a team fans all around the world want to see, so then, the question some fans may have is why a team like the Kings would be selected to play due to the history Sacramento has with Seattle.
After the Maloofs sold the team to Chris Hansen and his group, which wanted to relocate the team, a last-ditch effort from the city of Sacramento and Vivek Ranadive’s group kept the team in California’s capital.
The Trailblazers, who are obviously closer in proximity than both teams, could have been a potential option and it’ll be interesting if why the Kings were the second team selected is explained later.