Sacramento Kings deny report deal to Seattle is done

January 11, 2013 

— With the fate of the Sacramento Kings seemingly changing by the hour, potential buyers who want to keep the team in Sacramento are emerging.

Mark Mastrov, the founder of 24-hour Fitness, told The Bee today that he has assembled a group that wants to buy the team and keep them in Sacramento. The group also wants to "work with the city to get an arena deal if possible."

"There's definitely interest," he said, as reports swirled that the Maloof family had already made a deal to sell the team to a Seattle group. "We've been in touch with the Maloofs."

The Kings organization had no comment on a tweet this morning by a Comcast Sports NBA analyst that it had already made a deal to sell the team for $525 million to a Seattle group lead by hedge-fund manager Chris Hansen. A representative for Hansen in Seattle could not immediately be reached for comment.

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