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In 2012, Johnson traveled to Orlando, Fla., where he reached a tentative agreement _ signed off on by Stern _ for a new downtown Sacramento arena with Kings owners Joe, Gavin and George Maloof. That agreement collapsed a few weeks later when the Maloofs said the deal didn’t make financial sense for the franchise.

“2013 is kind of the final act,” Johnson said. “It’s act three. So we’re going to Houston knowing what’s at stake. The Seattle people would like you to believe that the deal is done. And the deal is not done in Seattle. We’re going to make sure we get that message out loud and clear.”