07:53 AM ET 10.02 | Kings co-owners Joe and Gavin Maloof -- neither of whom was in New York ??? are among the owners pressing for shorter guaranteed contracts. They continue to believe that signing Chris Webber to a maximum seven-year, $122 million contract in 2001 damaged the franchise for years. But they also refused to align with hard-line colleagues who, at least before the weekend, appeared ready to sacrifice the season. The reasons are obvious. Canceling 2011-12 would be a monumental momentum-killer for encouraging ticket sales and the prospects of a new arena.