NBA Commissioner David Stern confirmed to reporters Friday evening in Oakland that Mark Mastrov’s bid to buy the Sacramento Kings isn’t comparable to the bid from Chris Hansen.
“It needs work,” Stern said, adding that it needed to be increased monetarily.
Another “headline” comment from the commissioner was that the Maloofs will not have final say on where the team goes. Stern said that if an ownership group is leaving the league, they don’t get to decide where their team ends up.
The relocating team requires a three-fourths vote from the league’s Board of Governors. A majority vote from the board will approve a sale of the team.
Stern also praised the efforts from the Sacramento City Council and Mayor Kevin Johnson, describing their efforts as “herculean.”
The commissioner added that Mark Mastrov would be at Friday night’s Warriors game, and that he planned to say hello to him.
He had also been in contact with Chris Hansen earlier in the day.