Let’s assume for the sake of argument that Sacramento will not relocate, because if they do it makes the following exercise useful only as a thought exercises. Already, fans are asking, “what happens to Sacramento’s players?” They’ve already asked on the Atlanta Dream Message Board; they will ask elsewhere.
It all seems a bit untoward. It undoubtedly reminds Sacramento fans of the scene in A Christmas Carol where Scrooge’s former servants are covetously divvying up his personal effects before the body isn’t even cold. And in the case of Sacramento, the body isn’t even dead yet – it’s on life support with the family perched about the bed and someone waiting for a miracle cure.
The problem with sports franchises is that they are not islands in themselves. If Sacramento expires, this means a “dispersal draft”. This is how we got Sancho Lyttle in Atlanta. The former players of Sacramento are divvied up among the teams of the WNBA, in the order of worst finish to best finish. The order would go thusly:
1. New York
5. San Antonio
8. Los Angeles
Note that Sacramento technically only has 11 players to distribute. That leaves Phoenix out.
Furthermore, three of Sacramento players – Hamch