Wanted to pass along a quick update that as of 5 p.m. Seattle time, the NBA Board of Governors is continuing to meet here in New York, with topic A being the fate of the Sacramento Kings. Media has been told the meetings could last until 10-11 p.m. New York time.
While there have been a few snippets of information here and there, the upshot is that so far, nothing has been revealed of real note.
Several owners have spoken and confirmed that they expect the decision to come the first week of May.
None have really indicated a preference for either side, or indicated that expansion is being talked about.
Maybe the best quote has come from New Orleans owner Tom Benson who said that the group is only now “getting into the meat and coconuts” of the issue.
In what appeared as if it might sort of be news, a Sacramento TV station grabbed a quick interview with George Maloof, one of the current owners of the Kings, who seemed to imply that the family was fine with whichever city ended up with the team.
A Maloof spokesman, however, quickly sent out a clarification to media, including the Times, that he meant to say “he’s fine with the process and the timetable the NBA has to proceed.”
The Sacramento Bee then later reported that the Maloof family continues to hold its long-held stance that it has a binding agreement with the Seattle group and wants the NBA to vote to approve that sale.
Source close 2 Maloofs tells me family has “binding agreement w/the Seattle group & would prefer that agreement be approved by the league”
— Ryan Lillis (@Ryan_Lillis) April 18, 2013
Hansen is said to still be in New York, as is Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson. Neither, though, is thought to be attending the meetings and neither has been seen. Both are here largely in case they are needed to answer questions by the BOG.
As for the length of today’s meetings, the NBA said this is the usual schedule, that the BOG regularly meets late into the night on the first day of its two-day session.
It is expected that the meetings on Friday will wrap up by 3-4 p.m. New York time, after which commissioner David Stern will speak to the media. He may also speak tonight.