Our worst fears have been realized: the Maloof family ignored Sacramento's request to match all offers and sold the Kings to a Seattle group. Not only that, but according to Adrian Wojnarowski Chris Hansen put a $30 million non-refundable deposit on the purchase. That deposit will supposedly come over on February 1. If the deal falls apart after that, Hansen is out $30 million.

On the surface, the point of that deposit -- which is very odd, to say the least -- was to sew up the deal. We're unlikely to ever know if the Maloofs requested it because they can't afford the dry cleaning (can you dry clean graphic tees and polyester suits?) or because they fear the expansion nuclear option or whatever other reason. But there's a sentiment flying around from people who'd know that there was a specific legal purpose for Hansen to offer it.

The reason: to chill efforts in Sacramento and at the league level to block the deal.

By putting together a contract with some real financial skin involved, Hansen set up a situation where any attempts to block the full deal costs Hansen real money. Word is that if Sacramento continues to push for the league to reject the purchase agreement, Hansen could sue (or at least make the threat to sue) the city for interference.