NBA delays vote on Sacramento Kings sale, relocation
The tug-of-war between Sacramento and Seattle over the future of the Kings will not be determined this week. NBA officials postponed the vote by the league's Board of Governor scheduled for this week.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn told reporters Tuesday NBA Commissioner David Stern told him during a phone call Monday that the league was not likely to decide the Kings' future by Friday as previously believed.
“(Stern) informed me then that he does not expect a decision out of the NBA Friday — that’ll be sometime after the meeting that we’ll get a decision made,” McGinn told reporters Tuesday. “So don’t expect something Friday; that’s what I heard. But they will tee-up the decision by the Board of Governors within a week or two after that.”
Stern left open the chance that the vote would be delayed two weeks ago. While the NBA did not provide a reason for the delay, the move coincides with Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson saying his investment team is prepared to submit a bid it believes is suitable to the NBA and the Maloof family, the team's current owners, according to the Sacramento Bee.