April 19, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Stern speaks, says decision still a few weeks away
NBA commissioner David Stern met the media here today following the conclusion of the Board of Governors’ meeting and reiterated that a decision on Seattle/Sacramento situation is still a few weeks away.
He said the Finance/Relocation committee will meet again late next week and then make a recommendation and that after seven business days a vote could be taken.
Stern also said expansion is not being discussed, though he appeared to somewhat soften his stance by saying it may not be completely off the table.
Stern also said he is not attempting to sway the decision in one way or the other and that it remains solely in the hands of the owners.
Also today, is news of a letter, originally obtained by the Associated Press, that the Maloof family has asked the NBA to approve the Seattle deal.
The letter was the starkest evidence yet confirming rumblings that have surfaced over the last day that the Maloofs prefer the Seattle offer to the Sacramento offer.
One source said another sticking point is that the Sacramento offer has a closing date of June 30 while the Seattle offer would close immediately, giving the family concern that the offer could change in the interim.
Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor told reporters that “there are still lots of little things” preventing the BOG from being able to take a vote.
I will have video and a transcript of what Stern had to say soon.