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Originally published April 24, 2013 at 9:05 PM | Page modified May 3, 2013 at 2:29 PM

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If Kings sale is being discussed, it's still a mystery

The Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday that a source said NBA commissioner David Stern is "anguishing" over the process.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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NBA commissioner David Stern said last week that a recommendation from the league's Relocation and Finance Committee on the Seattle/Sacramento saga could come as early as Thursday.

If that meeting is really to be held this week, however, no one seemed to know Wednesday.

The league office reported there was nothing to update on the Seattle/Sacramento tussle over the Kings, and one league source also said it was not yet known when that meeting will be held.

On two occasions last week in New York, Stern laid out the basic timeline of what comes now as the league decides whether to approve a sale of the Kings to a group led by Chris Hansen that would relocate them to Seattle, or deny the sale and leave the team in Sacramento.

Once the 12-person Relocation/Finance meets (which could happen either in person or teleconference or in some other manner) and makes a recommendation, NBA bylaws require a grace period of seven business days before the Board of Governors votes.

If the Relocation/Finance Committee met Thursday, the earliest a vote could come is May 6.

Stern said last Wednesday that representatives from each city would be "afforded an opportunity to address the (BOG)" one more time before it votes.

Stern said those presentations would not likely be as exhaustive as the ones heard by the Relocation/Finance Committee on April 3.

"I'm not sure exactly how I would characterize it," Stern said. "But I know there is an opportunity for the parties who have made the application to address (the Board)."

It was left unclear if the address would come at the same meeting where the BOG would vote, or if the BOG would then gather again to vote.

The Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday that a source said Stern was "anguishing" over the process.

The Bee also reported that employees of the Kings in Sacramento had been told to "hang tight" and continue their work as usual.

Bob Condotta: 206-515-5699 or bcondotta@seattletimes.com.

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