NBA Commissioner David Stern spoke with reporters on Thursday about the Kings’ pending sale and relocation to Seattle.
Stern said that he expects for Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson to present a counter-offer to the current deal on the table between the Maloofs and a Seattle-based investment group led by Chris Hansen. The group has already filed for relocation and is awaiting approval from the NBA Board of Governors, who will listen to Johnson’s final plea to keep the Kings.
Stern played both sides of the debate, saying, “the idea of leaving Sacramento is not a good one. The idea of going back to Seattle is a good idea.”
Seattle, of course, lost the Super Sonics to Oklahoma City in 2008.
The commissioner does not see the NBA expanding to give Seattle a team instead of taking one away from Sacramento.
“I don’t have any plans to champion expansion between now and Feb. 1, 2014 (when he steps down),” said Stern.
It looks as if the final acts to this drama will take place within the next few weeks.