NBA roundup: Seattle group raises bid for Kings

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Chris Hansen raised his bid in his effort to bring the Sacramento Kings to Seattle, KING 5 television in Seattle reported.
Hansen, the lead investor for the Seattle group, told the NBA Friday he will raise his bid on the Kings franchise to $625 million, an increase of $75 million on his previous bid, according to the report.
Whether this new bid has any effect is debatable, because the NBA's relocation committee already voted to deny the move of the franchise. A final vote by the owners on the issue is scheduled for May 15.
Hansen wants to purchase 65 percent of the franchise from the Maloof family. Hansen's group had already placed $357 million in escrow for the majority share. This is the third time his group has raised his bid.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who last week urged Hansen to end his attempt to purchase the Kings, said in reponse via Twitter, "We feel very confident about the position we are in right now. The NBA leadership and owners have always said that their decision would not be dictated by a bidding war."

---Health concerns are likely to prevent Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng from returning to be a factor in the Eastern Conference semifinals against Miami.
Deng said he's lost 15 pounds and remains weakened by a spinal tap procedure. Deng's toughness has been questioned, but following a brief attempt to shoot Thursday, those suggestions should be put to rest.
The Bulls are losing all of their depth with Deng down, Kirk Hinrich (calf) out and Derrick Rose not likely to play after missing the entire 2012-13 season.

---Bulls forward Taj Gibson was fined $25,000 for verbal abuse of a game official, the NBA announced hours before Game 3.
The incident occurred with 10:13 remaining in the fourth quarter of Chicago's 115-78 loss Wednesday.

---The Philadelphia 76ers hired Houston Rockets executive Sam Hinkie to be their new general manager, multiple media outlets reported.
Hinkie will replace Tony DiLeo, and Hinkie will have full control of the Sixers' basketball operations. An official announcement is expected in the next few days.
Hinkie had been the Rockets' vice president of basketball operations since 2010.

---The Minnesota Timberwolves waived guard Brandon Roy.
Roy had seven knee surgeries during his career and came out of retirement this season. Roy averaged 5.8 points in five games in November before having surgery. He had a setback while recovering and was unable to play any more games.

---A judge this week temporarily blocked Kobe Bryant's mother from auctioning off some of the Los Angeles Lakers star's basketball memorabilia, according to
Last month, Bryant's lawyers ordered New Jersey-based Goldin Auctions to cease-and-desist selling off the items, the online auction house filed a lawsuit against Bryant.
Pamela Bryant sold the items to Goldin Auctions.

---The New Orleans Pelicans announced that guard Eric Gordon had successful arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle.
The surgery was performed alleviate pain caused by particles of scar tissue. Gordon is expected to immediately begin rehab and return to basketball activities sometime this summer.

---ESPN Radio NBA analyst Jack Ramsay told the Miami Herald that his broadcasting career is probably over.
Ramsay said he needs to get medical treatment immediately but would not discuss the nature of his condition. Ramsay, 88, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1999 and received treatment for melanomas several years ago.
He was scheduled to announce Friday night's playoff game between the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls, but he was replaced by Chris Mullin.

--- New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith was fined $5,000 by the NBA on Friday for flopping during Game 1 of the series against the Indiana Pacers.
Smith got the call when he acted as though he was hit hard by the Pacers David West when trying to get through a West pick. Even though West was called for a foul on the play, the league ruled that Smith flopped on the play.

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