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NBA In Sacramento For Meetings

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, May 2, 2013

National Basketball Association officials are in Sacramento to take a tour of Sleep Train Arena -the existing home of the Sacramento Kings- and the Downtown Plaza -the site of a proposed future arena. 

The league says the officials are visiting the two sites and meeting with people in the  public and private sector.  The meetings are in preparation for the NBA Board of Governors' meeting in two weeks.

Separate talks have begun between the investors who want to keep the team in Sacramento and the league regarding a deal to buy the team from the Kings' majority owners, the Maloofs.

A source close to the talks tells Capital Public Radio some of the Sacramento investors have good relationships with the Maloofs and hopes a deal will be reached if "cooler heads prevail."

The Maloofs and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson have been at odds since the Maloofs backed out of a deal last year to build an arena in Sacramento.  

The Mayor said earlier this week the NBA would determine the investors' course of action when dealing with the Maloofs.

The NBA Board of Governors is expected to vote on a Seattle bid for the team and relocation on May 15. 

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