Here is some updated info on the Sacramento side of things tonight from the Sacramento Bee.
Foremost is the news that Sacramento may not feel compelled to match the increased Seattle offer and that the view in Sacramento is that the new offer made by Chris Hansen last night indicated unease in Seattle at the direction in which this may be going.
This story originally included a quote from an unnamed source that there is “p-a-n-i-c in Seattle.” Still, the story makes clear that the view in Sacramento is that that city is in control of matters at the moment.
Also included in the story is a quote from an unnamed legal source stating that the NBA can take a lower offer for the Kings.
I asked sports law expert Michael McCann about that tonight. Here’s what he said:
“Yes. The NBA can do that — as a private association that sets its own rules the NBA has the capacity to evaluate bids as they see it. Bidders are not guaranteed having the highest bids means they win the bidding. But I suspect some owners would be uncomfortable voting for a lesser offer. Also the Maloofs would have to agree to take lesser offer, otherwise the team will not be sold for less.”
The Bee story also includes what has been confirmed by the Times and others, that the combined finance/relocation committee will meet separately on Wednesday to talk about the Seattle/Sacramento issue before the full NBA Board of Governors begins its meetings on Thursday.
However, the NBA has sent word that there will be no official media access to any of the participants until Friday.