Here’s the report, courtesy of the San Francisco Business Times’ Eric Young:
NBA owners reportedly will vote on the sale of the Golden State Warriors by the end of October, which would give the new owners control just as the new season gets underway.
A vote to approve the deal would finalize the $450 million price, according to the SportsBusiness Journal.
The Warriors’ purchase is led by Joe Lacob, a partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and Peter Guber, the CEO of Mandalay Entertainment Group.
The deal was announced last July. The NBA board of governors is scheduled to meet in New York City on Oct. 20-21. At least three-fourths of the NBA’s 30 owners must approve the deal.
The Warriors 2010-11 season begins Oct. 27.
The sooner this saga can end and the Warriors’ ownership situation is completely resolved, the better. One thought: with the vote happening at the end of October, Lacob and Co. won’t have a lot of time to make major changes for the 2010-11 season. We’ll see how this all ends up playing out.
The Chicago Bulls are one of the teams getting a D-League affiliate franchise this season. The Windy City Bulls will play in the suburb of Hoffman Estates, and now they have a head coach: North Carolina State assistant Bobby Lutz.
Via Upside & Motor‘s Chris Reichert:
Lutz was previously linked to the Bulls’ D-League job in July but there was confusion as to whether he would actually get the job. Now, it appears he has. And he has familiarity with the coaching staff, having served as an assistant coach at Iowa State under Fred Hoiberg in 2010-11, prior to going to NC State.
The release of NBA 2K17, the latest edition of the popular 2K video-game series, is less than a month away. Players are starting to get their likenesses in the game, as well as their player ratings, and tweet them out. Magic forward Evan Fournier wasn’t too happy with the way his came out.
Fournier’s countryman Rudy Gobert got in on the fun, too, changing his Twitter avatar to Fournier’s screenshot and encouraging others to do the same. He even created a hashtag for it.
At least they’re having fun with it.
On Friday, the Jazz traded German center Tibor Pleiss to the Sixers along with two second-round picks for Kendall Marshall. The big draw of the trade for Philly was the picks, and Pleiss is not expected to stay with the Sixers, according to Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia’s Jessica Camerato.
Pleiss had a forgettable season with Utah, and the Sixers have a glut of bigs including Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric. It would have been virtually impossible for Pleiss to crack the rotation, and it’s unlikely another team picks up his contract, which has $3 million guaranteed this season.
As a Jordan Brand athlete, Russell Westbrook is under the same Nike umbrella as former teammate Kevin Durant. But his latest Jordan spot, released Friday, has a very pointed tagline: “Some run, some make runways.”
Given the circumstances, it’s hard to interpret that as anything other than a reference to Durant signing with the Warriors and Westbrook signing an extension with the Thunder.