Apr 14, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT
Ron Burkle, a billionaire California mogul, has emerged as a last hours savior for the Kings franchise – or at least an incredibly large thorn for the Maloofs. Burkle, part owner of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins (who was an intricate part is saving them from moving to Kansas City, ironically) emerged as a potential buyer during Mayor Kevin Johnson’s presentation with the NBA’s Board of Governors this afternoon.
While little information was released initially, Burkle and his 3+ billion dollar net worth made it clear that he wants to keep the Kings in Sacramento if he was lucky enough to purchase the team from the Maloofs. And while the Maloof family has continually said they’re not interested in selling, considering Burkle’s finances and ability to get the Maloofs out of any financial trouble they could be in, the idea will certainly have to cross their minds – not to mention the NBA being more than open to bringing in another billionaire owner into the ol’ boys club. [A Royal Pain]
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