Amid a fresh round of reports Friday that a Seattle group was about to buy the Kings from the Maloof family, two more deep-pocketed bidders said they were interested in buying the troubled franchise and keeping it in Sacramento.
Bay Area investor Mark Mastrov, the founder of the 24 Hour Fitness chain, told the Sacramento Bee he has assembled a group to buy the Kings and "work with the city to get an arena deal if possible."
Mastrov was a finalist two years ago in the bidding for the Warriors.
Also expressing interest in playing some role was Dale Carlsen of Sleep Train Mattress Centers Inc., whose company is the naming sponsor of the Kings' arena.
Carlsen said he has talked with other potential investors as well as Mayor Kevin Johnson, who has vowed to present a credible hometown offer that could compete against the Seattle group.
A new report Friday by a Comcast Sports analyst said the Maloofs had a handshake agreement to sell the team for $525 million to hedge-fund manager Chris Hansen and Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.