NBA team values: Knicks, Warriors, Lakers top list of most valuable franchises for 2021-22 season

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The NBA could see a change of ownership before the end of the 2021-22 season.

Just hours before Game 1 of the 2022 NBA Finals, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Nike founder Phil Knight and Dodgers co-owner Alan Smolinisky have made an offer to buy the Trail Blazers. Wojnarowski added that Knight and Smolinisky have put more than $2 billion on the table.

Discussions about a potential sale are still ongoing with the Paul Allen Trust which currently oversees the franchise, according to Wojnarowski. As noted by Sean Highkin of Bleacher Reporta change in ownership could be complicated because the NBA’s Trail Blazers and NFL’s Seahawks are held in trust rather than owned by an individual.

Jody Allen, sister of the late Paul Allen, is president of Vulcan Inc., which includes the Trail Blazers and Seahawks, among other assets. As Trustee of the Paul Allen Trust, “Jody Allen is responsible for preserving and implementing Paul Allen’s vision for generations to come.”

While $2 billion seems like a huge number, the Trail Blazers’ value doesn’t even come close to the estimated price tag of the league’s top franchises.

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List of NBA team values ​​for the 2021-22 season

The Knicks ($5.8 billion), Warriors ($5.6 billion) and Lakers ($5.5 billion) each crossed the $5 billion mark on Forbes’ latest list of franchises Most Valuable NBA. Each team in the league is worth at least $1.5 billion, according to Forbes estimates.

The most recent sale of a franchise came when Alex Rodriguez and Marc Lore agreed to a $1.5 billion deal to buy the Timberwolves. However, they haven’t taken full control of the team yet, as their purchase is structured in installments.

(By Forbes)

Ranking Crew Estimated value
1. Knicks $5.8 billion
2. Warriors $5.6 billion
3. Lakers $5.5 billion
4. bulls $3.65 billion
5. Celtics $3.55 billion
6. Mowers $3.3 billion
seven. Nets $3.2 billion
8. Rockets $2.75 billion
9. Mavericks $2.7 billion
ten. raptors $2.48 billion
11. 76ers $2.45 billion
12. Heat $2.3 billion
13. Trail Blazers $2.05 billion
14. kings $2 billion
15. Spurs $1.98 billion
16. Wizards $1.93 billion
17. deer $1.9 billion
18. Suns $1.8 billion
19. Jazz $1.75 billion
20. Nuggets $1.73 billion
21. hawks $1.68 billion
22. Pacers $1.67 billion
23. riders $1.65 billion
24. Magic $1.64 billion
25. Thunder $1.63 billion
26. Pistons $1.58 billion
27. Hornets $1.575 billion
28. timber wolves $1.55 billion
29. pelicans $1.53 billion
30. Grizzlies $1.5 billion

List of NBA team owners

Now is the perfect time to own an NBA team. While there have been many challenges in the seasons that have unfolded amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the average NBA franchise value has only continued to climb.

Here is the owner or ownership group for each franchise.

(By Forbes)

Crew Owner
Knicks Madison Square Garden Sports
Warriors Joe Lacob, Peter Gruber
Lakers Family Trusts Jerry Buss, Mark Walter, Todd Boehly
bulls Jerry Reinsdorf
Celtics Wycliffe Grousbeck, Irving Grousbeck, Stephen Pagliuca, Robert Epstein
Mowers Steve Ballmer
Nets Joseph Tsai
Rockets Tilman Fertitta
Mavericks Marc Cuban
raptors Bell Canada, Rogers Communications, Larry Tanenbaum
76ers Joshua Harris, David Blitzer
Heat Micky Arisson
Trail Blazers Paul G. Allen Trust
kings Vivek Ranadive
Spurs Holt Family, Sixth Street Partners
Wizards Ted Leonsis
deer Wes Edens, Marc Lasry, Jamie Dinan
Suns Robert Sarver
Jazz Ryan and Ashley Smith
Nuggets Stan Kroenke
hawks Tony Resler
Pacers Herbert Simon, Stephen Simon
riders Dan Gilbert
Magic DeVos Family
Thunder Clayton Bennett, George Kaiser, Estate of Aubrey McClendon
Pistons Tom Gores
Hornets Michael Jordan
timber wolves Glen Taylor, Marc Lore, Alex Rodriguez
pelicans Gaelle Benson
Grizzlies Robert Pera

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