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September 8, 2012 Updates

Next, a group of local owners agreed to invest in the team as part of a deal that essentially guarantees that the team will remain in the city for at least 15 more years. Now sources confirm that Timberlake will be joining the ownership group. Maybe that accounts for the Grizzlies' bump in ESPN's "ultimate franchise ranking," which attempts to rank pro franchises in all four major sports. Memphis Commercial Appeal

September 7, 2012 Updates

Robert Pera, prospective new owner of the Memphis Grizzlies, has recruited a famous Memphian to be part of his ownership group: Justin Timberlake. Sources with knowledge of the arrangement said Thursday that Timberlake, one of the NBA's most prominent celebrity fans and a Memphis native, has committed to joining Pera's team of minority partners as the sale of the franchise from Michael Heisley to the 34-year-old technology magnate nears completion. ESPN.com

Sources told ESPN.com that Timberlake and Pera have quickly struck up a friendship, with one source adding that the singer/actor is making "a meaningful investment into the team" and "plans to be active" with the Grizzlies. The league office, sources said, has been made aware of Timberlake's proposed involvement and is already well acquainted with him after inviting the self-proclaimed basketball junkie to participate in various celebrity games at All-Star Weekend. ESPN.com

August 21, 2010 Updates

Justin Timberlake has taken his passion for basketball to the next level. The popstar has got a NBA size court built at his home so that he can shoot hoops whenever he wants. The 'Sexy Back' hitmaker has a 94 foot long court built at his stunning Hollywood home, complete with regulation markings, reported TMZ. The new addition compliments the existing pool and the five-hole putting green which he has recently completed on the mansion on Mullholand Drive. NDTVMovies.com

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