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Hate to say it, but there is the other possibility in the Kings-Seattle-Sacramento saga: That the Maloofs do...
nothing. They choose not to sell -- not to a group that would move the team to Seattle, not to a group that would keep the team in Sacramento -- and no one gets any resolution.
I don't think that happens. It's the longest of the long shots. But almost every conversation with anyone connected to the saga includes some reference, usually impolite, of the Maloofs' history of unpredictability on the topic, and so sitting on their hands must be mentioned as an option.
The reasoning makes sense: If a bidding war has broken out over the Kings on short notice, imagine where the price could go now that word has gone out the team is on the market. The Maloofs could say they are stepping back to take a longer look at their options, and plenty more cities are heard from.
It would deny Seattle the chance to rejoin the NBA for 2013-14, but the push to get a team isn't going to stop. It would force Sacramento to continue to live the agony of no resolution and have more quality time with the Maloofs, but the push to keep the team isn't going to stop. (And while it's not the ideal outcome of the Kings staying with new ownership, at least it's not the worst-case outcome of the Kings leaving.)
Again, not likely. But, again, it's the Maloofs. There is no such thing as impossible to imagine.