Sacramento, Maloofs Will Meet To Discuss Arena

Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson and Kings co-owner George Maloof spoke on Tuesday and have agreed to meet later this week to discuss the Sacramento arena deal, reports Ryan Lillis of the Sacramento Bee. A Maloof spokesman informed the Bee that the meeting would occur Thursday morning in Sacramento.

Johnson told reporters Tuesday that the meeting figures to be a make-or-break session, determining whether the city's arena deal is back on or whether it has fallen apart permanently. The Sacramento mayor called his outlook "hopeful rather than confident," which is the same language NBA commissioner David Stern used earlier this month when the deal initially collapsed.

Currently, the two sides seem divided on revenue projection associated with the planned downtown arena, but George Maloof insists the Kings owners are "going to do the best we can [to] try to get something done."

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