On Saturday, Yahoo Sports reported that Brooklyn Nets majority owner, Mikhail Prokhorov, was quite interested in listening to some offers for his team in the wake of Donald Sterling recently finalizing a sale of the Los Angeles Clippers that amounted to $2 billion.
Well, according to a statement released to the New York Post, Prokhorov claims that he has no interest in selling the Nets at this time.
“We have no interest in selling the team,” Prokhorov said in a statement.
Of course, that’s not really the point here. Prokhorov may not have any significant interest in selling the team at this point, however, after what happened with the Sterling-Clippers deal, there really is not harm in just listening, which is what Yahoo reported he was doing.
This subject was also addressed in the New York Post article.
“They are getting an evaluation,” one league source said. “So they need to know what the whole thing is worth.”
Right now, Prokhorov owns 80 percent of the Nets, and it was said that he was very much not pleased with the team’s recent second-round exit from the NBA Playoffs at the hands of the Miami Heat, the same team they were able to sweep in the regular season.
Also, a potential sale wouldn’t only involve the team, but it would also include the brand new Barclays Center which is quickly becoming one of the more popular multipurpose arenas in the country. Beginning next season, the New York Islanders of the NHL will begin playing there.