As he prepared to board a plane for the NBA Board of Governors meeting in Dallas, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Tuesday told reporters the Maloofs have not closed the door on making a deal with a group that would keep the Kings in town.
"We're holding our breath as a city," Johnson said at a short press briefing at Sacramento International Airport.
Johnson said that Bay Area tech magnate Vivek Ranadive, the leader of the Sacramento investor group proposing to buy the Kings, would also be in Dallas for the meeting of NBA owners, who are expected to vote on whether the team should be allowed to move to Seattle.
Johnson acknowledged that the NBA has pressed Ranadive's group to put up its entire $341 million in an account to show that it is ready to close a Sacramento deal. Johnson didn't say the group would do it, but hinted in that direction.
Last week, Ranadive's group said it had put half of the $341 million an escrow account.
The Seattle investment group, led by hedge fund manager Chris Hansen, has agreed to pay the Maloofs $406 million for their controlling stake in the Kings.
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