HoopsHype Herb Kohl rumors

April 17, 2014 Updates

The ownership change creates plenty of uncertainty for the Bucks management team led by general manager John Hammond and the players and coaching staff. Hammond and coach Larry Drew both have two years remaining on their contracts, and the Bucks are coming off the worst season in franchise history — a 15-67 effort that has earned the team the best chance in next month's NBA draft lottery of landing the No. 1 pick. "It's life; it's a business," Kohl said. "They understand. Whether we have new management, I would have the same choices to make (if he had remained team owner). "I hope good things happen for everybody, but you're running a business. It involves making choices. By the way, it's never come up. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Edens said pending league approval of the purchase, he and Lasry would begin to speak with the basketball staff and others in the organization. "It's Day 1 for us," Edens said. "And it's a process. We've had a lot of experience in investing in various businesses and successful ones are run by great organizations. We're all about hiring the right people and having the right people in place. "We think there are a lot of terrific people in the organization. We haven't really spent any time assessing people in the organization in any meaningful way. We're going to figure it out." Edens said, "Obviously there's a big draft coming up and there's a talent assessment going into that." "We'll start immediately but it becomes in earnest once we have closed on the transaction." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

April 16, 2014 Updates

Bucks owner Herb Kohl was well past retirement age and realized it was time to secure the future of the franchise. He had one big caveat for any potential investors: Keep the team in his hometown of Milwaukee. And he found a buyer. The former U.S. senator is banking on New York investment firm executives Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens to follow through after agreeing to sell them the Bucks for about $550 million. The deal is subject to approval by the NBA and its board of governors. "I wasn't going to live forever. I've approached a time in my life where I have to think about ... how do we think about succession," Kohl, 79, said Wednesday at a news conference in the atrium of the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The deal was announced hours before the team was to play its final game of a dismal season. USA Today Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks won’t be moving any time soon. Today, Herb Kohl reportedly sold the Bucks to hedge fund billionaires Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens for $550 million. Bidding for the team has been open since December, and rumors circulated that the Seattle duo of Steve Ballmer and Chris Hansen were interested in purchasing the team. However, Kohl made a condition of the sale that the team would stay in Milwaukee. The Fields of Green

Forbes recently listed the Bucks as the least valuable franchise in the NBA at $405 million, which means the team sold for a 36 percent premium on their valuation. The Bucks are in the smallest market with one of the worst arenas in the NBA, so why were billionaires lining up to buy the NBA’s least valuable team? The Fields of Green

One reason is that NBA teams have cost certainty until 2017 based on the most recent collective bargaining agreement (CBA). There is a slim chance the CBA could last until 2022. However, that is doubtful due to the NBA’s upcoming new media deal driving up the valuation of small-market teams, such as the Sacramento Kings and (drum roll) the Bucks. The Fields of Green

April 15, 2014 Updates
April 12, 2014 Updates

Two West Coast groups based in L.A. had interest in becoming investors in the Bucks. One was headed by the agent Arn Tellem, the other included former Bucks executive and coach Mike Dunleavy. But a local group of investors is finalizing a deal to come in with owner Herb Kohl New York Daily News

April 11, 2014 Updates

Don’t worry, you won’t have to cheer for the Seattle Bucks. As I tweeted last weekend, the Seattle guys (Steve Ballmer and Chris Hansen) aren’t getting the team — even though they were willing to go higher than anyone else, they dropped out because Herb Kohl (the longtime Bucks owner and a fearless champion of mediocre basketball) wouldn’t sell them the franchise unless they agreed to keep it in Milwaukee. The guys who thought they had it as recently as two days ago? Hedge-fund billionaires Marc Lasry and Wes Edens, who slid under the radar this entire time and thought they landed the Bucks with an offer in the $550 million range (slightly more than Vivek Ranadivé paid for the equally unappealing Kings). As recently as Wednesday, Lasry and Edens were expecting the NBA to vote on their bid at next week’s Board of Governors meeting. Grantland

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