Despite long silences in recent weeks, the sources told The Detroit News the process is advancing. The sides continue to talk, and believe they are nearing an agreement.
But while there is some possibility a deal could be reached in time for the last NBA Board of Governors meetings this season, beginning Thursday, April 14, the sources say it is unlikely.
Perhaps more probable, they say, is the process stretching into summer, maybe even autumn.
That means the NBA likely will not approve the sale until at least the next scheduled Board of Governors meeting in October.
I’m not rushing to doubt the reporting of Krupa and Goodwill, who have killed it on sale coverage. But isn’t it quite possible both sides agreed to leak encouraging statements to cool down tension after last week’s frustrations?