The NBA technically can’t tell team owners who to sell their franchise to when the said franchise is on the market.
There are lot of things NBA Commissioner David Stern can’t technically do and he’d be the first to tell you that – remember – he’s nothing more than a “employee of the owners”. Of course, you are, Mr. Stern, of course you are. But there are plenty of things that Mr. Stern can’t supposedly do that get done, so it doesn’t come as much of a shock that suggestions from inside NBA negotiations have the NBA telling the Maloof family to accept the offer from the potential Sacramento ownership group, despite their rumored reluctance to do so.
Inside word is M’s have been told to take Sac offer for Kings, period.
Graswich also adds that it’s only a matter of time until the Maloof family is out of the picture and it appears to be sooner than later:
Once M’s are officially gone, next steps will be much easier to work through. M’s out soon.
Commissioner Stern has stated publicly that the offers from both the Sacramento group and the Seattle based Hansen-Ballmer group would essentially put the same figures into the pockets of the Maloof family, so avoiding selling to the Sacramento based group would be nothing more than a bitterness towards the city and fans.