Barclays Center Rumors
But the 76ers are expected to pick Russell third overall in the draft Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Los Angeles Lakers could snatch him up at No. 2. And there’s a chance he could slip to fourth to the New York Knicks. The interest of those teams was obvious during a predraft media availability Wednesday at a Manhattan hotel. Media members were crowded around Russell’s podium 10 minutes before he was scheduled to speak. And it stayed that way throughout his 30-minute news conference. “I was actually in my room before I came down here, just sitting on my bed for like 10 minutes,” he said, “just thinking, soaking it all in, thanking God.
Does Mikhail Prokhorov really want to keep this team? That has been the steady insistence from Prokhorov in recent weeks and months. He keeps saying he is only willing to sell off a minority stake in the team … up to 49 percent. Around the league, mind you, skepticism persists.
Yet there are also persistent rumbles in league circles that the real reason the Nets aren’t being actively shopped to potential bidders is the structure of the deal Prokhorov struck to buy the team mandates he sell Barclays Center in conjunction with his basketball team. Word is the entities can’t be sold separately, which is said to have chilled the market due to the complexities involved in such a transaction and the significant price tag it would carry.
Rod Boone: NBA announces draft will be held June 25 at Barclays Center. Tickets go on sale to general public on May 28 and start at $20.
If the Knicks win the lottery, whomever they choose to take will make his Big Apple debut in Brooklyn. League sources told The Post the NBA draft will return to Barclays Center for a third straight season next month. It will mark the fifth straight year the draft will be held at an arena that houses the Nets. It took place at Prudential Center in Newark in 2011 and 2012.
The sale of the Brooklyn Nets has stalled because Mikhail Prokhorov is trying get a $3 billion valuation for the team and Barclays Center while keeping a controlling interest in the NBA team. The Russian billionaire controls 80% of the team and 45% of the arena while Bruce Ratner controls 20% and 55%, respectively. Prokhorov wants to keep 51% of the Nets after any sale. Prokhorov’s terms have been confirmed by two sources who did not want to be mentioned because they do not have permission to speak about the deal discussion publicly. Three weeks ago I wrote that people were telling me Prokhorov only wanted to sell a minority interest. But at that time I wasn’t sure of the valuation he was seeking or the percent ownership he wanted to maintain.
An ironworker died on Tuesday afternoon when steel beams fell on him as he worked to install Barclays Center’s new green roof, according to a police spokesman. The 52-year-old was an employee of a Massachusetts steel company contracted by Hunt Construction Group, according to a Forest City Ratner spokesman, who expressed his sorrow at the tragedy.