07:52 AM ET 01.10 | Sacramento was preparing for a basketball game Wednesday, but the long-term future of the Kings took over the headlines. After saying for years they would never sell their basketball team, members of the Maloof family now appear close to unloading [the Kings] to an out-of-town group for what could be a record price. Sources told The Bee on Wednesday that the family has been talking with a deep-pocketed Seattle investment group about a sale and team move to that city. One report pegged the sales price at an NBA record of $500 million or more. But, during a whipsaw day of Internet rumors about a possible secret sale, two sources with knowledge of the situation adamantly told The Bee no deal is done and no formal offer has been made.