Report: Maloofs Give Sacramento Group a Friday Deadline to Submit Matching Offer

Jared Wickerham

The Bee's Tony Bizjak reports that the Maloof Family is giving Sacramento a deadline of 5 P.M. on Friday to submit an offer that is equal to Seattle's in order to be considered should the NBA deny their sale to Seattle.

When it rains, it pours.

Following a quote from Senator Darrell Steinberg that Sacramento has matched Seattle "dollar-for-dollar" (a quote which he then backtracked to "fully competitive"), the Bee's Tony Bizjak reports that the Maloof Family has officially set a deadline for the Sacramento Group to submit a "written, binding, back-up offer" that matches the one the Maloofs made with the Hansen-Ballmer group. That deadline is 5 P.M. by Friday.

If a matching bid is not submitted by then, or if it doesn't match Seattle's offer, according to Ryan Lillis, the Maloofs will not negotiate with the Sacramento group.

Reports differ on how strong Sacramento's current offer is. The Bee repeats reports that Sacramento's initial offer was not close to Seattle's but also that after last Wednesday's meeting, Commissioner David Stern said the discrepancy was "no longer an issue".

The Bee also points out that Sacramento and Seattle's offers are structured differently, likely a reference to Seattle's $30 million non-refundable deposit.

So what can we glean from this latest information? Well for starters, if the Maloofs have given a deadline, it likely means that the Sacramento group knows exactly how much they need to have to match. The Mayor and ownership group, led by Vivek Ranadivé and Mark Mastrov, have repeatedly stated that they are "Playing to Win". There is now a clear, definitive standard and that is to match Seattle's offer.

Who knows what twists and turns lay ahead, but we're nearing the finish line folks.

UPDATE 3:35 P.M.:

Some tweets of note since this news broke.

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