Nike founder Phil Knight and Dodgers co-owner Alan Smolinisky offering $2B+ to buy Trail Blazers

Phil Knight at Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers
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Trail Blazers owner Jody Allen is reportedly approaching a sale of the franchise.

Maybe to Nike founder Phil Knight and Dodgers co-owner Alan Smolinisky.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

A few hours later, the Trail Blazers made a statement to The Oregonian denying the team was for sale. The heart of that statement.

“An offer was made by Phil Knight. The team remains not for sale.”

A few hours after that, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver confirmed the Paul Allen Trust will eventually sell the Trail Blazers, but added he did not know any timeline on that and said this is not something that will be rushed.

For what it’s worth, Forbes valued the Trail Blazers at $2.05 billion in October.

There wasn’t much thought the Trail Blazers would move from Portland. Expansion appears far more likely to put teams in Seattle in Las Vegas. But with Nike headquartered near Portland, Knight buying the team would make it even more certain the Trail Blazers stay.

If they complete the purchase quickly enough, Knight and Smolinsky could have a say in how the Trail Blazers build from here – whether to offer Damian Lillard a contract extension and, presuming they keep him, how to assemble his supporting cast.