Sacramento Kings soon-to-be SuperSonics? Tweet prompts rumors of sale to Seattle

Jan 9, 2013, 5:15 AM | Updated: 3:05 pm
(Screengrab of Tweets courtesy Twitter.com/DianaFalk)...
(Screengrab of Tweets courtesy Twitter.com/DianaFalk)
(Screengrab of Tweets courtesy Twitter.com/DianaFalk)

10:40 a.m. Adrian Wojnarowski, a NBA columnist for Yahoo! Sports and a NBA Insider for NBC Sports Network tweeted: “The Maloofs are finalizing an agreement to sell the Sacramento Kings to the Hansen-Ballmer led Seattle group, sources tell Yahoo! Sports.”

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8:20 a.m. The Director of Communications for the Sacramento Kings says the rumors are untrue, while the spokesman for Chris Hansen has declined to comment.

Are the Sacramento Kings on their way to Seattle? The rumors were flying Wednesday morning.

The buzz started about midnight with a single tweet. “So I hear that the Seattle Kings is officially a done deal! The Maloofs finally sold the ailing Sacramento team.” It was written by Daina Falk, a cookbook writer and foodie, who has since removed the Tweet from her page.

She is also a sports insider of sorts. Her father is David Falk, the pro sports super agent.

Falk followed up her first tweet with another saying she heard it from a friend.

The Kings aren’t commenting. Neither is investor Chris Hansen.

What we do know for sure is the other city trying hard to get the Kings is out of the running for now. Virginia Beach, Virginia, couldn’t reach a deal Tuesday to get public financing for a new arena so that means the team is still available.

The deadline for asking the NBA to relocate in time for next season is March 1.

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Sacramento Kings soon-to-be SuperSonics? Tweet prompts rumors of sale to Seattle