Jason Levien Rumors
Kaplan is partnering with controversial ex-Memphis Grizzlies CEO Jason Levien and Indonesian billionaires Handy Soetedjo and Erick Thohir, league sources said. Kaplan, a Los Angeles-based private equity investor, would need to divest its ownership stakes in Memphis to complete a deal with Minnesota.
Interesting face in the Sacramento Kings camp this week: Former Grizzlies top executive Jason Levien. Levien, a former Kings executive last seen losing a power struggle with Memphis owner Robert Pera, is a guest of Kings owner Vivek Ranadive and was seen chatting up President of Basketball Operations Vlade Divac. Could Levien work his way into the power structure in Sacramento? It’s the Kings—anything is possible.
Seven years after leaving the agent business, Jason Levien, now owner and managing partner of D.C. United, has hired a young agent to help him negotiate deals involving the MLS team. Sam Porter, formerly an NBA agent and director of basketball at Exclusive Sports Group, has taken the newly created position of director of business and legal affairs. He will report to Tom Hunt, D.C. United chief operating officer.
Sources told ESPN.com that the group is spearheaded by Memphis Grizzlies minority owner and vice chairman Steve Kaplan, Indonesian billionaire sports and media magnates Erick Thohir and Handy Poernomo Soetedjo and former Grizzlies CEO Jason Levien, who is the current managing general partner of DC United in MLS. The deep-pocketed consortium, sources say, also includes a select and diverse group of prominent investors, including Aaron and other Atlantans.
According to sources, those who have expressed a level of interest include: * Jason Levien. The former Memphis Grizzlies CEO left the organization in May. He is a co-owner of the MLS franchise D.C. United. * Steve Kaplan: The Los Angeles-based investor joined Robert Pera’s group as a limited investor to purchase the Memphis Grizzlies. He has reportedly made attempts to buy baseball’s San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers in recent years. * Sheldon Adelson: The billionaire businessman is the chairman and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation.