Kings eye hosting All-Star Game in 2022 or 2023


This encounter is set to give Kevin Durant - fitness and availability permitting - a chance to return to the place where his National Basketball Association career began a decade ago.

The Sacramento Bee reported sources have told it that the Kings and the Golden State Warriors will play a preseason game October 6.

The city of Seattle recently approved a proposal by the Oak View Group to rebuild KeyArena, the Sonics' home before their move, into a larger venue capable of hosting National Basketball Association and NHL teams.

Despite being a preseason game, the matchup is significant for a few reasons. The Oak View Group - an ownership group led by billionaire David Bonderman and Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer - is leading the charge to bring an National Hockey League franchise to Seattle.

Kevin Durant is set for a return to Seattle later this year, as part of the Warriors' pre-season campaignWhat's the story? The match itself will be played on Saturday, October 6th at the Key Arena in Seattle.

The surprising development is sure to generate a tremendous amount of interest - and conflicted emotions - given the history of both teams in Seattle.

"The contract for the game has not yet been signed, but that is considered a formality", writes Ailene Voisin with the Bee. In his one year as a Sonic, Durant won Rookie of the Year while averaging 20.3 points and 4.4 rebounds.

The Kings, on the other hand, were reportedly quite close to moving to Seattle themselves and becoming a new iteration of the Sonics.