David Stern, speaking at a press conference in London in advance of the New York Knicks - Detroit Pistons game taking place over there, answered some questions to reporters about the Sacramento Kings situation.
NBA Commissioner Stern on #NBAKings: ‘The one thing we do know is no purchase and sale agreement has been submitted to us.’— Ryan Lillis (@Ryan_Lillis) January 17, 2013
Stern later squirmed a bit when asked if the league had been in contact with Seattle. "Answer to that is yes."— Jimmy Spencer (@JimmypSpencer) January 17, 2013
Stern: We are more or less in a series of communications. But right now, we don’t know anything in terms of actionable times. #NBAKings— Ryan Lillis (@Ryan_Lillis) January 17, 2013
Stern on #NBAKings sale: ‘There’s been lots of speculation.' Told reporters he hoped they had news for him.— Ryan Lillis (@Ryan_Lillis) January 17, 2013
Stern said he welcomed Mayor Johnson’s request to speak to league. Said ‘Sacramento has been particularly supportive’ of the NBA— Ryan Lillis (@Ryan_Lillis) January 17, 2013
Please note that this news that there has been no formal deal submitted to the NBA does not contradict Adrian Wojnarowski's recent report that the NBA relocation committee was briefed on non-binding deal points for a potential sale.
Looking at Stern's other comments, I would say it's a good thing that, once again, Sacramento has been depicted in a positive light by the Commissioner. The more support we have from the league, the better our chance is of saving our team.
UPDATE 12:15 PM: NBA.com has now put up video of Stern talking a little bit about the Kings situation.