An agreement has been in place for a few weeks now that would see longtime Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl sell the team to Marc Lasry and Wes Edens for a reported $550 million, but the process can be a lengthy one when considering all that goes into it, along with the league’s approval process.
This particular sale, however, seems to be moving along a bit more expeditiously.
From Don Walker of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
A source with knowledge of the sale process said Monday the sale of the Milwaukee Bucks to New York investors Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens “is moving quickly.”
“It’s possible there will be news later this week,” the source said. …
Assuming the sale goes through this week, Lasry and Edens are expected to take control of the team quickly. While they obviously have no control over it, the NBA draft lottery is May 20. That will determine the draft order on June 26.
This is good news for Bucks fans, because a new ownership group may be more actively engaged in trying to turn the fortune of the franchise around, and getting things finalized before important dates like the draft and the beginning of free agency will only help matters if indeed that’s the case.
The key component in the sale will be the push to get a new arena built in Milwaukee in order to make it stick. The new owners will have until November of 2017 to have a deal in place, otherwise the NBA has the right to buy back the franchise — a strategic move made to ensure the Bucks stay in Milwaukee, which is commissioner Adam Silver’s preference.
The Bucks are coming off a season in which they managed to finish with the worst record in the league, despite the Sixers at one point losing 26 straight games. That’ll give Milwaukee the most ping pong balls in the upcoming Draft Lottery, and with them the best mathematical chance of landing the number one overall pick in this summer’s NBA Draft.
Markieff Morris made a lot of noise this summer about being unhappy in Phoenix and wanting out, after the Suns traded his twin brother Marcus to the Pistons as part of a salary dump. He openly demanded a trade, and said on the record several times that his long-term future is not with the team. He’s changed his tune since training camp started, once he realized he has no choice but to play for the Suns unless they decide to trade him. But according to the Detroit Free Press‘ Vincent Ellis, there is interest from the one team he would be guaranteed to want to play for:
Markieff’s unhappiness with the Suns started when they traded his brother, so he would obviously jump at the chance to reunite with Marcus. And they don’t have much in the way of power forward depth beyond the other Morris twin and Ersan Ilyasova, so it would be a good fit from a basketball standpoint. But with the brothers’ felony assault charges pending, reuniting them on the same roster might not be the best idea, and it also opens up the possibility of having to trade one of them in the future and the other one being unhappy. So far, the Suns have shown no inclination to trade Markieff, but if that changes, the Pistons are an interesting destination to keep an eye on.
Gregg Popovich’s habit of resting key players at times has become the norm around the league as more and more studies have shown it helps players perform at higher levels plus helps reduce injury risk. Still, Popovich is the poster child.
New Spur LaMarcus Aldridge wasn’t used to this but got introduced to it in a very Popovich way, reports Jeff McDonald at the Express-News.
LaMarcus Aldridge missed his first workout of training camp today with leg tightness. Or rather, the Spurs — being the Spurs — held him out for precautionary reasons.
“We sat him out,” coach Gregg Popovich said. “He didn’t want to do it. I said, ‘Welcome to the Spurs. Go sit.’”
He might as well have added “get used to this.” Aldridge is going to get some rest this season. Not as many as Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker, but he’s going to get some nights off.
Remember, Aldridge is a guy who played through a torn ligament in his thumb last season because he thought the Blazers could make noise in the playoffs (and they might have had Wesley Matthews not gotten hurt). He’s not a guy used to being told to sit and rest.
It’s his “Welcome to the Spurs” moment.