Maloofs want NBA owners to approve Seattle group’s bid

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The Maloof family, which owns the Sacramento Kings, is asking NBA owners to approve the sale of the team to a Seattle group, saying there is “significant distance between us and the Sacramento group” that is attempting to keep the franchise from relocating.

In a letter sent to the NBA’s relocation and finance committee, and obtained by The Associated Press, the Maloof family said the Sacramento group originally matched the $525 million valuation for the franchise that Seattle group leader Chris Hansen negotiated. Hansen then increased the valuation offer to $550 million last week.

The Maloofs said the Sacramento group has asked not to enter into a binding agreement until the Seattle deal is terminated. The Maloofs said that would be a breach of contract and cost them the “leverage to aggressively renegotiate terms in the event the existing agreement is terminated.”

Noah questionable

Joakim Noah’s status for the Chicago Bulls’ first-round playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets is in question because of his injured right foot.

Noah did little in practice on Friday. He says he’s not sure if he’ll play in Game 1 at Brooklyn on Saturday, and coach Tom Thibodeau called him day to day for the series.

Noah battled plantar fasciitis in the past and the issue cropped up again this season, causing him to miss 15 games since the start of February. The news was better on Taj Gibson (knee), with Thibodeau hoping his minutes won’t be limited.

Ratings spike

ABC and ESPN had their most viewers ever for NBA coverage, helped by the interest in the Miami Heat and their 27-game winning streak.

The two games added during the streak, the second-longest in NBA history, both earned a 2.9 rating, tying for the fourth highest-rated, regular-season games ever on ESPN.

The Heat’s Christmas Day victory over Oklahoma City in a finals rematch was ABC’s most-watched NBA regular-season game, with 9.6 million viewers.

Overall, ABC averaged 4.7 million viewers for its 15 broadcasts and ESPN averaged 1.8 million viewers for its 77 telecasts.

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