Brooklyn Nets minority proprietor Joseph Tsai is reportedly set to buy the remaining 51 p.c of the crew he doesn’t personal from majority proprietor, and Russian billionaire, Mikhail Prokhorov.
Tsai is ready to purchase the remaining stake for $2.35 billion and the deal might be introduced as early as later this week, the New York Put up reported Tuesday.
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Tsai, who co-founded the Chinese language e-commerce conglomerate Alibaba, purchased 49 p.c of the crew for $1 billion final yr and gained the fitting to purchase the remaining stake earlier than the 2021-22 season for round $1.35 billion, based on the New York Put up. Ought to he make the reported deal, he could be shopping for the remaining 51 p.c two seasons early.
It was not instantly clear why Tsai will buy the remaining stake for $1 billion greater than the unique $1.35 billion.
In keeping with Forbes, Prokhorov paid $365 million in 2010 for 80 p.c of the Nets and 45 p.c of the Barclays Middle working rights. In 2015, he purchased the remaining stakes within the franchise and the sector at about $1.7 billion.
Prokhorov is price an estimated $9.eight billion. He made a majority of his cash from the sale of the Russian mining and smelting firm Nornickel. He additionally owns stakes in Russia’s energy, insurance coverage and banking sectors, based on Forbes.
The Nets are price $2.four billion, based on a Forbes valuation from February, which makes them the sixth most dear crew within the NBA regardless of by no means having received a championship.
Brooklyn is anticipated to be probably the most entertaining groups within the upcoming NBA season.
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The crew signed marquee free brokers Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and DeAndre Jordan within the offseason. Irving would be the start line guard whereas Durant could miss the complete season attributable to an Achilles harm he suffered throughout the playoffs with the Golden State Warriors.