His latest comments came Thursday night in Philadelphia, where he attended a playoff game.
Stern says league officials are fact-checking Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson's promise of millions in untapped luxury box and season ticket revenues if the Kings don't leave town.
Stern: "If the team does come back and stay in Sacramento for another year, they will not only be much better off financially but it will also give us the time to deliver a deal on a regional basis for a new arena."
The Maloof family, which owns the Kings, has been negotiating to move the team to Anaheim. But instead of giving them the go-ahead last week, the NBA extended the deadline for a relocation request until early May. The league is using that extra time to meet with officials in Sacramento and Anaheim, as well as the Maloofs.
Speaking Friday afternoon at City Hall, Mayor Kevin Johnson declined comment on a Los Angeles Times report citing NBA officials saying the league expects the Kings to remain in Sacramento next season. The mayor says it's not a done deal yet.