HoopsHype Robert Sarver rumors

October 12, 2012 Updates

Suns president Lon Babby wasn't thrilled about trading Nash to the Lakers, calling it a "basketball decision" that was better than losing Nash for nothing. Phoenix will now have significant salary-cap space next summer, giving them the ability to sign one or two major free agents. "My first reaction was I can't do that," Babby said. "As time went on, [Suns owner] Robert Sarver was really good and said, 'We have to make a basketball decision that's best for our franchise.' " Yahoo! Sports

August 8, 2012 Updates

On how hard he had to push Suns’ owner Robert Sarver to get this to happen: Steve Nash: “I definitely pushed him, and it was a difficult thing for him to do, and I won’t forget the gesture. Going to L.A. was not an easy thing. I think I said a week before free agency it would be hard to put on a Lakers jersey, and I meant that. We´ve gone through some playoff battles and they’re a rival and an enemy to some of the Suns fans, but at the end of the day the Suns were moving in a new direction and in some ways I felt like I couldn’t cut off my nose to spite my face. Chance to go to Los Angeles, be as close as possible to the kids, primarily. And then other than that, a chance to win, to live in a new place and all the things that come with that as well. I just felt like I’d given my good, hard shift for the Suns and I think Robert appreciated my eight years. And I definitely had to push because it was a hard thing for him to do, but I’ll always be very thankful that he was willing to make it happen.” Sports Radio Interviews

July 30, 2012 Updates
July 1, 2012 Updates

However, industry sources monitoring the free-agent market have identified Toronto as one of four teams that pose the greatest danger to the Suns in terms of signing Nash away, including the Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. It has been widely anticipated that Phoenix would offer him a new two-year deal worth at least $20 million, but it remains to be seen how far Suns owner Robert Sarver will go when the bids start coming in. ESPN.com

June 10, 2012 Updates
March 20, 2012 Updates

A couple days after Phoenix acquired Shaquille O’Neal from Miami for Shawn Marion and Jason Richardson, Robert Sarver and I discussed the deal outside the Suns' locker room. "This wasn’t a 2-1 trade, it was 3-1," he informed me with a big smile. "How do you figure that?" I asked. "We not only moved Marion and Richardson, we got rid of their agent as well." New York Post

February 28, 2012 Updates

The Suns went into the break miserably, losing a chance at momentum with a home defeat to Golden State. Nash said the All-Star break was good timing to put the loss that enraged Coach Alvin Gentry behind them and regroup with two days of practice. “We’ve got to find a way to believe and fight for it and see what happens,” Nash said. “You never know if we got on a five-, six-, seven-, who knows, 10-game winning streak, what it does to your chances. I don’t know if we’re good enough to do that but we’re good enough to win some of these games we’ve lost. And if we do that, you never know when you’ll get a little break or a nice bounce and you put yourself in the playoffs.” Arizona Republic

Statistically, the Suns should be on the fringe of the race to be among eight playoff teams. Phoenix ranks eighth in the West in defensive field goal percentage and ninth in offensive field goal percentage. However, only Golden State rebounds worse in the West than Phoenix. “I’m disappointed,” Sarver said. “I think we haven’t performed up to the level of our potential. If we want to be a playoff team, we have to make up ground and definitely hold the fort better (at home). I think we can make up the ground but we’ve got to start winning more at home. “I think we’re potentially a playoff team but we’re going to have to show it.” Arizona Republic

December 7, 2011 Updates

Phoenix is the only team that will not have a home game this season against Boston, Chicago, Miami, New York or Orlando. "I was disappointed for our fans," Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver said. "When the preliminary schedule came out, I asked the league to reconsider and they didn't. You've got to factor in all the arenas and timelines, and they weren't able to move dates around." Arizona Republic

November 16, 2011 Updates

Miami's Mickey Arison and the Lakers Jerry Buss are pushing for a deal while Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert and the Suns Robert Sarver's are among the hard line owners unhappy with the offer the players recently rejected. "Mickey has a higher guru in Pat Riley to handle the business," says Shaq, who retired in June. "He makes unorthodox moves but his moves pay off. Sarver…his moves don't pay off. "We need to create a system where the owners are protected from themselves. They're trying to blame us for bad management. Both sides bring up great issues but it will be a shame if we lose a season." New York Daily News

November 9, 2011 Updates

But fans aren’t the only ones upset with these owners. Players and agents are just as frustrated, and one agent tells HOOPSWORLD that they’ll remember their actions long after the lockout comes to an end. “I don’t want any of my clients playing for Michael Jordan, Paul Allen, Robert Sarver, Dan Gilbert or Peter Holt,” said one agent. “We won’t sign with them, unless they’re willing to really overpay. That’s going to be the only way these hardline owners are going to land any free agents after the way they’ve handled these negotiations.” HoopsWorld

November 7, 2011 Updates
October 26, 2011 Updates

Robert Sarver of Phoenix and Dan Gilbert of Cleveland didn’t sign the letter in ’06, but they are now two of the biggest advocates for change in both revenue sharing and reducing player compensation. The Maloof family that owns the Kings was coming off six consecutive winning seasons and was used to selling every seat when the letter was authored. Now, they are in dire financial straits and are certainly looking for reform. In addition to the Bobcats and Hornets changing hands, the Wizards, Warriors, 76ers, Pistons and Hawks have also been sold in the past two years to groups who are expecting a new CBA to be more favorable to owners than the previous one. The Nets were also sold last season, but new owner Mikhail Prokhorov is not believed to be among those clamoring for change. ESPN.com

October 21, 2011 Updates
October 17, 2011 Updates

Nevertheless, Garnett had every right to interject himself into the process. This is a stars league, and the NBA will need those stars to sell it again. To end this lockout with the best players in the league feeling left out of the discussion, left silent, everyone’s asking for trouble, because it will not be Donald Sterling and Robert Sarver and James Dolan bringing the NBA back in the public eye. It will be the best players. Whenever this ends, they had to be a part of the fight, the debate and, ultimately, the resolution. “We can’t have completely poisoned waters here when this is over,” one front-office executive said. “Stern gets that, but I’m not sure all of our owners do. We have to have these guys on board, or where are we as a league?” Yahoo! Sports

October 16, 2011 Updates

Suns managing general partner Robert Sarver understood Welts’s reasons for relocation and placed calls to the Maloof brothers, owners of the Sacramento Kings, as well as Lacob and Guber. Lacob returned the call shortly after the team parted ways with president Robert Rowell. “I’m still shaking my head, to tell you the truth,’’ Welts said. “I had expected to take some time off and it didn’t quite work out that way. “It was really a fortuitous opportunity, and for me it was the perfect intersection of what I was hoping to do. I was hoping to be back in the NBA or at least in sports. It was a very lucky chain of events for me.’’ Boston Globe

October 15, 2011 Updates

Amar'e Stoudemire believes he knows where to place the blame for the NBA's aggressive stance against the players' union: the owner of his former team, the Phoenix Suns. "[Robert] Sarver, for sure," Stoudemire said. "He's probably the main guy that's pushing for this lockout." NBA commissioner David Stern, however, told Newsday that Stoudemire's accusation is "contrary to every fact." Newsday

October 14, 2011 Updates

It was with that image in mind the other day that I called Larry Katz, a Phoenix-based lawyer the players’ union brought on in the spring to file its complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. I was pushing Katz for an update on the NLRB case — and getting nowhere — when he mentioned as an aside that he plays in an adult men’s basketball league with Robert Sarver. Wait. What? The Robert Sarver? The guy who owns the Phoenix Suns and has become a bit of a polarizing figure in these labor talks? Yup, that guy. And they’re on the same team! Katz actually invited Sarver to join his team, which plays at the Jewish Community Center in Scottsdale. And Sarver isn’t the only Suns’ employee on Katz’ team: Jim Pitman, the Suns’ executive vice president for finance and administration, is also on the team. SI.com

So what is Sarver like on the court? Katz compares him to Jared Dudley, in that Sarver is a tough jack-of-all-trades type who isn’t necessarily elite at any one part of the game. He works hard on defense, Katz says, and he can drain a three if he’s open. Pitman, the Suns’ executive vice president, is apparently outstanding — the team’s best shooter, Katz said. What’s the point of all this? Nothing, really. Just a “you couldn’t make this up” footnote to the Great Lockout of 2011. SI.com

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