SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The Sacramento Kings are adding an NBA All-Star to their roster, but not without losing their fan favorite.
Kings exchanged for Domantas Sabonis in the 6 foot-11 high center of the All Star. In return, they will give Indiana Pacers Tyrese Halliburton as well as Buddy Hield and Tristan Thompson.
The kings were the Minnesota Timberwolves . organization hours after the transaction’s words were made public.
Inside the arena, underneath the Sacramento Kings’ giant scoreboard, it’s the chairs that tell the story.
A lone father and son.
A couple quietly watched alone.
This is not what the cowbell kingdom and Sacramento Kings fan base is known for.
Art Miguel brought his dumbbells to the game, acknowledging the franchise’s joys and fighting past it.
“As long as the Kings were in Sacramento, we got the dumbbell,” Miguel said.
There hasn’t been a single Kings sold-out crowd in months. Now shake this up. A list that is shuffling again, for a two-time star is currently on its way here.
Fan favorite Tyrese Halliburton has swapped places.
“Honestly, I’m really sad,” said Sacramento Kings fan Albert Fong.
Fong, 24, owns a Halliburton jersey. Painful loss. Then again, he got used to the loss. He was only nine years old the last time the kings made it to the knockout round
“I think Kevin Martin was on that team, yes,” said Fong.
Downtown Commons shops around the Golden One Center bank on the walk to these games. Small crowd size reduction down to small business sales.
Tawfiu Khan just opened retail clothing store ‘Fresh Fitted’ a week ago.
“If they do well, more people will come in, and they will come in and shop with us,” says Khan. “So yeah, that’s a link you know?”
A blockbuster sale of the Sacramento kings.
Will it bring the crowd back to the games?
The Kings fired their head coach Luke Walton earlier this season.
Unless they turn things around quickly, they’re headed for a record-breaking 16th consecutive NBA season without a playoff appearance.
https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2022/02/09/sacramento-kings-trade-doco/ The blockbuster Sacramento Kings business began to happen when G1C suffered a decrease in attendance, empty seats – CBS Sacramento