By Steve Large

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The Kings are not the only ones making big plays. So are some major heavy hitters in the push to keep the team in Sacramento.

Mayor Kevin Johnson was among those who attended a top-secret meeting Monday afternoon in downtown Sacramento.

Kings fans could use some luck right now.

“I’ve been hearing the chatter on social media,” Kings fan Cedric Ellis said of the rumored sale. “I don’t know, it’s an up and down situation right now. Who knows?”

The Maloofs once again were not in their suite, or in their front court seats for Monday night’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Sleep Train Arena.

One national report reads that the Maloofs are on a clear path to sell to Seattle. Another report states that the NBA’s relocation committee is already briefed on deal points.

Johnson wouldn’t answer questions as he left through a second story side door of the private Sutter Club.

CBS13 was the only station to find him at the secret meeting with advisors, working on securing an investor to match Seattle’s bid and keep the Kings in town. Fans are hoping the Maloofs would consider a local offer.

“In 2001, those guys were on the court every single game,” fan Steve Murchel said. “So why, at this point, are they not willing to keep them in Sacramento when it was all about Sacramneto when we were winning?”

A game of high stakes negotiations is well underway, and it appears the winner will own the entire kingdom.

There are a number of people involved in the possible sale of the kings. Among them is a grassroots movement called “Here We Buy,” which launched with fans pledging to buy season tickets if the Kings stay.

So far more than 2,000 fans have committed, promising to buy almost $7 million in tickets.


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