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The Minnesota Timberwolves are about to have a new owner, and that guy is Alex Rodriguez.
It is a new dawn of a new day for Minnesota Timberwolves basketball, as former MLB All-Star and three-time AL MVP Alex Rodriguez is about to become one of the owners of the moribund franchise.
Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic reports Rodriguez and his close friend Marc Lore of Walmart U.S. eCommerce fame are on the verge of buying the Timberwolves from owner Glen Taylor. For years, Taylor has been one of the most hapless owners in the NBA. His franchise has made the playoffs in the Western Conference just once since Kevin Garnett left the team. He will eventually hand over the reins.
Rodriguez is not the first star athlete have an ownership stake in a major North American professional franchise, nor will he be the last. He had previously tried to purchase the MLB’s New York Mets but was unsuccessful with the bid. By venturing into the NBA ownership market, it shows that he is a diehard sports fan, and one who wants to make a major impact.
What stipulations exist for Alex Rodriguez to buy the Minnesota Timberwolves?
Per Krawczynski, Rodriguez and Lore will enter an exclusive 30-day negotiating window. If a deal is struck with Taylor, Rodriguez and Lore will serve as limited partners with Taylor before he hands the team over entirely. He reportedly wants to mentor Rodriguez and Lore on what it takes to be a professional sports team owner before he is truly willing to hand over the reins to his partners.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the purchase price is expected to be in the $1.5 billion range.
While Timberwolves fans should rejoice that new ownership is on the horizon, it does not mean that Taylor will be going away quietly just yet. We are facing at least two years and seven more months of Taylor being part of the organization. Assuming a deal is struck, that means on Nov. 10, 2023, Minnesota sports fans will be able to enjoy some unencumbered Timberwolves basketball.
If you have waited long enough for this moment, it looks like you will have to wait a little longer.