Junior Bridgeman Rumors
The Grant Hill and Junior Bridgeman-led group that had interest in buying the Atlanta Hawks has dropped out of the bidding process for the team, two people familiar with the process told USA TODAY Sports. They requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the negotiations.
Former National Basketball Association players Junior Bridgeman and Grant Hill are leading a group that will bid on the Atlanta Hawks, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation. They’ve hired New York-based advisory firm Galatioto Sports Partners to explore a purchase, said the person, who requested anonymity because the matter is private. Hill didn’t immediately return an e-mail seeking comment. Sal Galatioto, founder of Galatioto Sports Partners, declined to comment.
The Bucks are inching closer to adding several minority owners with Green Bay Packers superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers and former Bucks star Junior Bridgeman among those who have had discussions with Bucks co-owners Marc Lasry and Wes Edens. Craig Leipold, the Minnesota Wild owner from Racine, has been speculated as another possible minority owner although that isn’t likely to happen.
Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman is seriously contemplating returning to the Milwaukee Bucks. Bridgeman, who enjoyed a 10-year playing career for the Bucks from the mid 1970s until the mid ’80s, could be returning to the organization as an owner. Bridgeman, in a telephone interview Friday from his home in Louisville, Ky., said he recently met with new Bucks co-owners Marc Lasry and Wes Edens about joining their ownership group. “They offered me an invitation to meet with them so I took them up on it,” Bridgeman said. “We met at their offices in New York and had a good conversation.