Mayor Mike McGinn is expected to announce a deal to bring a new NBA arena to Seattle sometime tomorrow. The Sacramento Kings are viewed as the team most likely to move here, since the city of Sacramento is under a March 1 deadline to either come up with an arena proposal or lose the team. Seattle has been without an NBA team since 2008, when the Seattle Supersonics moved to Oklahoma.

City hall sources say the mayor is scheduling a flurry of meetings with city council members for early tomorrow morning to go over the details of a proposal to bring a new arena to SoDo, and will announce the deal in a press conference sometime tomorrow.

A number of "unfamiliar" faces have been seen on the elevators at city hall in the past two days, and the mayor's office has reportedly been escorting Chris Hansen, a wealthy San Francisco investor who wants to back a new arena, around city offices today to introduce him to city officials, including city council member Tim Burgess. Hansen recently bought several blocks of land in SoDo.

The new arena would likely offer both basketball and hockey games. McGinn has said the arena would be a for-profit venture that would bring the city a positive return on any investment it makes in the project.

McGinn's spokesman Aaron Pickus said he couldn't confirm anything "at the moment."
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