Mikhail Prokhorov Rumors
The Russian is coming. Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov will be spending more time in the US now that he’s moved some of his billions from Moscow to Brooklyn, sources say. Prokhorov sold off his $2 billion stake in Uralkali, the world’s biggest potash mining company, after Russian police raided his offices in April.
So, King didn’t know I was going to be there, but he certainly recognized me and to his credit, didn’t seem to hold back. Since we weren’t told it was off-the-record, we, my seatmate and I, assumed it was on. We’ve written about this before but haven’t shared the notes. So in the interest of full disclosure on this issue, here they are: King says Dmitry Razumov is fully engaged, that they talk, text, email all the time and that at the trade deadline, there was constant communication between the two of them and among him, Razumov and Prokhorov. Razumov came to New York for more than a week.
He said Razumov and Prokhorov are much more knowledgeable about NBA players than they were when they took over five years ago. Razumov will text him about specific players. He texted about JaVale McGee and when Billy told him no interest, he responded that he figured as much. Billy added that Razumov will often play with the ESPN Trade Machine and call with suggestions. He said Razumov recently asked about getting a young player on the Rockets, that he appeared to be just what were looking for. Billy said he agreed with the assessment that the player fit well, but that Houston wouldn’t trade him.
We were also told, by multiple sources, that King refused to go along with a trade proposal in 2015-16 that would have brought Lance Stephenson to the Nets, along with others, and sent Joe Johnson to the Hornets. Razumov liked the idea. King, not a big fan of Stephenson, did not. There was no dispute, no argument, we were told. It was another case of ownership making a suggestion and management citing reasons why it wouldn’t work.
Russian law enforcement officials have detained the chairman of power company Quadra , which is controlled by Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, two sources familiar with the situation told Reuters on Wednesday.
Businesses owned by Prokhorov, owner of U.S. basketball team the Brooklyn Nets, have come under intense official scrutiny in the past few weeks, with officials in ski masks searching some of their offices in Moscow in April as part of a tax fraud investigation. Another of Prokhorov’s assets, the RBC media holding, has reported on the inner circle of Russian President Vladimir Putin and their financial interests – a taboo subject for much of Russia’s media. The Kremlin denies that the investigation is politically-motivated.