Well this clears up the ambiguous statements made by Stern on the back and forth between the NBA and George Maloof. Sort of what we always knew, the NBA was 100% behind the deal and George negotiated in bad faith.In the emails, Harvey Benjamin, a league executive negotiating on behalf of the Kings, responded to Maloof's concerns.
"I thought you understood in Orlando that there's no way of avoiding (collateral)," Benjamin said in an email.
As for game day expenses, Benjamin wrote, "every team pays game day expenses. You pay them now."
Also, the NBA was looking at other California cities to see what municipal service payments were normal, as opposed to the Maloof's idea of not paying at all.
The NBA also said a 30 year lease for a building that is built mainly with public funds is completely normal.
However, the Maloof Family submitted a term sheet to the City of Sacramento with revisions the NBA advised against.