A potential snag was reported today in the Maloof family's negotiations to sell the Sacramento Kings to a Seattle financier - although a source close to the family continues to insist the two sides haven't even yet discussed a purchase price.
The Seattle Times, citing an unnamed NBA source, said the Maloofs are insisting on maintaining some kind of say in how the team is run after it is sold and relocated to Seattle.
The Times and Yahoo Sports have reported that the Maloofs would retain a small ownership stake in the team; the new report by the Times says the family wants to maintain some kind of operational control, as well.
Nonetheless, a source close to the Maloofs told The Bee today that the family hasn't had contact with Seattle financier Chris Hansen since just before Jan. 1 and hasn't received an offer for the team.
"I fully expect we will see something," said the source, who is not authorized to speak publicly.
The source added that the Maloofs don't necessarily want to sell, but would listen to offers.
Co-owner George Maloof told Sacramento's News 10 that a deal isn't close, the station reported on Twitter.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson told reporters Wednesday, after news broke of a possible sale, that there are several potential bidders interested in buying the Kings and keeping the team in Sacramento.
The Kings nearly moved to Anaheim in 2011 and their future in Sacramento got even shakier after the Maloofs scuttled a tentative deal for a new downtown arena last spring.