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Bee: Reports of Sacramento Kings sale to Seattle group 'premature'

The Bee is sticking with its reports that the news of the Kings' sale is premature.

Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

For Thursday edition, the Bee is sticking to its guns from Wednesday, saying that reports that the Sacramento Kings have been sold to a Seattle-base group led by Chris Hansen are "premature."

One source, who declined to be named because he is not authorized to speak on the matter, told The Bee that discussions between the Kings and Seattle financier Chris Hansen are only "conceptual" at this point.

Another source characterized media reports Wednesday of a potential sale as "premature," and said the Seattle group has not made a formal offer.

Again, this is what the Bee reported Wednesday. Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski is the only reporter who has confirmed the price, the proximity to completion and the immediate relocation plan. Unfortunately for us, Woj is never wrong. We're left to hoping that, as Scott Howard-Cooper put it, the Maloofs are the Maloofs in this deal and botch it up.

We also continue to hope that the NBA and the Maloofs give Sacramento-based buyers an opportunity to keep the team. Repeating the Seattle SuperSonics mistake again is not a great way to fix Seattle. Please sign Here We Stay's petition to keep the Kings in Sacramento and grant Seattle an expansion team.