Potential Kings' owner Ron Burkle met with David Stern Thursday, per report

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Just when you thought the sale to Seattle was all but finalized, supermarket mogul Ron Burkle bursts on the scene and meets with Stern Thursday to keep the Kings in Sacramento.

Los Angeles billionaire Ron Burkle doesn't plan to let the Kings leave Sacramento without a fight and met with David Stern on Thursday, according to the USA Today's Sam Amick.

Although the Maloof Brothers, the Kings' current owners, already agreed to sell 65 percent of the franchise to the Seattle-based tag team of Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer for $341 million, the deal still has yet to be approved by the NBA's board of governors. Burkle apparently sees that opening as a window of opportunity and is reportedly constructing a counter-bid with 24-Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov to keep the team in Sacramento.

Then again, this could just be an attempt for Stern to save face with the Sacramento crowd despite his clear intentions to get another team in Seattle. As Amick reports, Stern has already publicly shared that he plans to hear Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson out before making the move, but that sounds like a bipartisan formality more than anything.

The current deadline to file for relocation is March 1, so only time will tell how this tug-and-pull saga ends. And with the Board of Governors not set to meet again until sometime in April, this could easily drag on and get even uglier than it already is.

Latest News

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.