We don't know what the future holds for the Kings beyond the 2011-12 season. But team co-owner Gavin Maloof is saying some things about the franchise that might give fans some optimism for the upcoming season.
After an hour-long meeting with Kings sponsors today, Maloof told reporters the team would take advantage of its available salary cap space this off-season. Also of note: Maloof said the Kings would try to re-sign guard Marcus Thornton and center Samuel Dalembert.
"We have money, we have cap space, we have the most cap space of any team in the NBA," Maloof said. "That's how you win. You need players. And we have money and we're going to spend it."
Mayor Kevin Johnson, was also attended the meeting, said Maloof's message that the team would spend money "means a great deal for sponsors because their investment has a lot to do with what's on the court."
Maloof said his meeting with sponsors was "incredible, super" and that he hasn't been surprised by vocal fan support for the team since he and his brothers opted not to move the franchise to Anaheim.
"People love this team, it's part of their lives," he said. "It's like putting on a coat, it's part of them, who they are."