What are the odds the Kings will be sold to Vivek Ranadive's group and stay in Sacramento?

Leading Off: Unanswered questions remain in Kings saga

Published: Monday, May. 6, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Monday, May. 6, 2013 - 6:10 am

While the fate of the Kings remains in limbo, here are 10 questions for which we still have no answers – and little or no information:

• Who really controls the future of the franchise – the Maloof family or the NBA?

• Is the $30 million Seattle investor Chris Hansen paid the Maloofs a "nonrefundable" deposit, even if the deal collapses through no fault of the Maloofs?

• Do the Maloofs have any legal – or moral – obligation to return this deposit?

• Was Hansen's purchase offer really better than the offer made to the NBA by the group headed by Vivek Ranadive, as the Maloofs have claimed?

• Is there any scenario in which the NBA can force a sale to Ranadive's group?

• How much do the Maloofs owe the NBA – is it in excess of $100 million, as has been speculated?

• Can the Maloofs negotiate directly with Ranadive, or is that prohibited by the signed deal with Hansen?

• How much arm-twisting has been going on behind the scenes, especially by Commissioner David Stern?

• Is the NBA adamant about not expanding, as Stern insists, especially when it could add a strong market like Seattle?

• Is the NBA quietly encouraging Hansen's group to make an offer to another existing team and move it to Seattle?

We may never know the answers to these questions, even if the situation is resolved when the NBA's board of governors meets May 15.

What to watch

NBA playoffs, Warriors at San Antonio, 6:30 p.m., TNT: It could be a tough series opener vs. the rested Spurs, a far better team than the Nuggets.

Today's poll

What are the odds the Kings will be sold to Vivek Ranadive's group and stay in Sacramento?

• Greater than 90%

• 71%-90%

• 51%-70%

• 31-50%

• 11%-30%

• 10% or less

Vote above or leave your comments in the comments field; or go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Weekend poll results

If the Maloofs reach a deal that keeps the Kings in Sacramento, will you forgive them?

• Yes: 27%

• No: 73%

Total votes: 1,014

Call The Bee's Tom Couzens, (916) 321-1097. Follow him on Twitter @tomcouzens.

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