That writer has been extremely biased for Sacramento throughout the whole process and everything you read from him should be taken with a large grain of salt.
That cuts both ways.
The reality is once Sacramento came up with a local buyer and arena plan that passed muster, Seattle's chances went down dramatically. Arison's tweets make this plain. If Sacramento had stalled out, you're looking at the Seattle Sonics next year.
I do think they are going to have issues though if they tell the Maloofs that they aren't allowed to sell their team for $65 million more.
Its not as simple as highest bid wins. If it were, Larry Ellison would have a team by now and Mark Cuban would own the Cubs.
I do not believe this ends tomorrow though. I think this is going to drag out for a while.
Perhaps, but the Maloofs have no money and no friends in the NBA.
Sacramento, like Seattle, has been a great NBA market for decades. Only in the last few years, when the Maloofs went broke, stopped investing in the team, and antagonized the fan base did the support dry up. The Maloofs make George Shinn look like Jerry Buss.
Seattle will get a team (if you believe those tweets I posted perhaps by 2014/15). But it doesn't look likely it will be the Kings.