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NBA says more time needed to sort out Kings situation

The NBA confirmed Tuesday it will not vote this week when the league’s Board of Governors meets in New York to discuss a sale of the Sacramento Kings to a group that would relocate the team to Seattle for the 2013-14 season.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said Tuesday he had been told by NBA Commissioner David Stern in a phone conversation Monday that the league needed more time to sort things out.

McGinn said the NBA was looking to “tee up” the decision with its discussion this week and that Stern was in the “same place” he was after a meeting with representatives of each city in New York two weeks ago.

Stern had said after those meetings, when each city made 90-minute presentations to the league’s Relocation/Finance Committee, comprising eight team owners, that the league might not be ready to vote by the time of the Board of Governors (BOG) meetings. Those meetings are held each year at the conclusion of the regular season.

Stern reiterated that sentiment to McGinn, saying the owners need to look closely at the proposals before they vote.

It was revealed last week that the Relocation/Finance Committee will hold a separate meeting Wednesday in New York in advance of the regularly scheduled BOG meetings, and that had led to thoughts that a decision might come this week.

There is no date set for a vote, and an NBA spokesman confirmed the owners do not have to assemble again in person to vote.

Key agreement

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn says a tentative deal has been reached to ready KeyArena for the NBA’s return.

Under the agreement, which still needs City Council approval, the prospective new owners of the Sacramento Kings would pay a guaranteed rent to Seattle, ensure that all city employees at KeyArena retain their jobs, and assume operations of the arena beginning this July and lasting as long as NBA basketball is played at the facility.


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