As if Seattle-area sports fans needed more reason to be excited, a report this morning has surfaced indicating the sale of the Sacramento Kings to the investment group led by Chris Hansen and including Steve Ballmer is "done deal." According to the report, the team will be sold to Hansen and Co. for $525 million, and that the bumbling Maloof brothers - the Kings' current owners - have agreed to give up all stake in the team as part of the deal.
While it's still too early in the process pop the champagne, the news provides just one more indication - in a week filled with indications - that the Kings are headed to Seattle.
The latest bit of hopeful news comes via the Twitter account of Matt Steinmetz, a longtime NBA reporter and sports talk show host for Comcast SportsNet in the Bay Area.
A Maloof family spokesman told The Times that he could not comment on the report. "Nothing has changed with our position that we will not comment on rumors or speculation about the Sacramento Kings franchise," the family said in a statement.
The Sacramento Bee reported that a limited owner in the team, Richard Benvenuti, said he had not been told of a deal.
An NBA spokesman told The Times that the league had no comment on the report. Hansen couldn't be reached, and his representative declined to comment.
Will something be finalized by the end of the day? Will we have something solid to go on in the coming hours?
It's impossible to say, especially considering the roller coaster ride this week has been.
But it sure is fun to dream about.
UPDATE: Reached for comment, Steve Ballmer did this: