Robert Sarver Rumors
Sarver previously made a failed bid to buy another European soccer team, the Rangers franchise of Glasgow, Scotland, for nearly $30 million. Without discussing details of the Levante proposal — which European media sites have pegged at around $60 million — Sarver said he enjoys soccer and sees long-term business opportunities in the sport. Sarver’s investor group reportedly includes former Suns all-star Steve Nash and the team’s vice chairman, Andy Kohlberg.
Arizona’s top basketball executive is taking another corner kick on a European soccer club. Robert Sarver, managing partner of the Phoenix Suns and chief executive officer of Western Alliance Bancorporation, confirmed that he’s leading a small group of investors interested in purchasing Levante, a club in Valencia, Spain, that plays in the nation’s top league.
Hornacek has an ideal relationship with the front office, regularly meeting after practices and games and sharing the same philosophies. It will be interesting to see whether management wants to pick up Hornacek’s 2016-17 contract option year and can convince Managing Partner Robert Sarver to do so. It would show their belief in him before next season, his contract’s last guaranteed year.
A sampling of activities for which Barnes has been suspended and/or fined while treating his teammates like family: Fighting Rafer Alston (2008), chucking a ball in the stands (2009), criticizing referees (2010), escalating a fight between Jason Terry and Steve Blake (2011), fighting Greg Stiemsma (2013), failing to leave the court in a timely manner (twice; 2013), kicking a water bottle into the stands (2014) and talking to fans/cursing at Suns owner Robert Sarver(2015). Amount in fines Barnes estimates he’s paid to the NBA during his career: About $500,000. What Barnes thinks would have happened if it had been him, and not James Harden, who “accidentally” kicked LeBron James in a sensitive region of the anatomy in a game in February: “I’d be put in jail. Or at least suspended for several games.”
Suns players have said they’ve missed Frye. Last week, Suns owner Robert Sarver told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM that the Suns might not be better off in the short term without Frye. But Sarver added the Suns might be better off in the long term because Frye’s absence has allowed younger players to play. Sarver also said Frye didn’t give the Suns an opportunity to match Orlando’s four-year contract offer. “To be honest with you, we didn’t really even have a chance,” Sarver told the radio station. “He had mentioned he was interested in coming back, and then when he was talking to Orlando, he just called and said, ‘Hey, you’ve got three minutes to match this offer.’ And we just let him go. To be honest with you, Channing was a good piece of what we did, but I think we’re better off now without him because it allows these younger guys to play.”
Frye took exception to Sarver’s comment that the Suns didn’t have a chance to match the Magic’s offer. “I think we have to take what that front office says with a grain of salt,” Frye told reporters on Tuesday. “I think right now they need to focus on their own team. I think we had many negotiations between [us and] the Suns.”
Barnes said his exchange with Sarver was precipitated by more good-natured chatter with a teenage boy and his father and two men seated behind them who referenced Barnes’ $25,000 fine in December for kicking a cup and directing obscene language at fans during a game against the Washington Wizards. “They were just heckling me the whole game and I was laughing and messing with them,” Barnes said. “And I had a bad game shooting, so they were just on me. And I said something to the little boy because someone said, ‘Oh, you were fined $25,000,’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, that was a lot of money, huh?’ and he smiled at me and then the owner said what he said and I responded.”
“We don’t like each other,” Barnes said. “He didn’t like me when I was there, I didn’t like him when I was there. He’s said some stuff about me before that a few of my old teammates that were there that played with me on the Clippers told me about, so I’ve never liked him and as soon as he said that to me, it kind of got me going.”
Barnes told reporters Wednesday he thought the fine resulted from an exchange with Sarver that Barnes said started when the owner said something to Barnes. “When an owner says something derogatory to me and I respond, I thought it would stay there,” Barnes said. “It’s a grown man saying something to another grown man. I’m not going to tell. But the fact that he told or someone around him told, it’s crazy.” What did Sarver say to Barnes? “You can ask him what he said,” Barnes said. “He said enough to make me respond to him.”
Arash Markazi: Barnes said he was talking to 13-year old boy and his dad and a couple of hecklers but it didn’t get heated until Sarver got involved. Barnes on Sarver: “We don’t like each other. He didn’t like me when I was there and I didn’t like him when I was there so it is what it is. If you’re going to say something like that to me, expect me to respond but don’t go run and tell when I do go say something. You can ask him what he said. He said enough to make me respond. We don’t like each other. I’m going to get a summer job at my kid’s school working as a yard dude. When you pay the money to get that close to us who doesn’t want to say that I talked to Matt or I talked to Chris during the game.
Paul Coro: With Super Bowl Media Day at US Airways Center, the #Suns moved today’s practice to the court at Managing Partner Robert Sarver’s house.
Matt Barnes: Another 25k! The part of the story the nba hasn’t told you was my language wasnt directed at a fan, I was talkn to the owner of the Suns…. Who was sitting on the baseline & I only said something to him AFTER he cussed at me, BUT because I didn’t SNITCH I get fined!! #thecode You can take my money, I care about winning!! I’ve been fined 50k in the last mnth for kicking a “PAPER”Gatorade cup that had alil bit of water in it that didn’t even hit anyone &…. Responding to an OWNER who cussed at me first.. 50,000 dollars for that?? Come on now! I might need to find a second job with all these crazy tecs & fines. I Can see it now LA TIMES.. “Costco worker by day nba player by night”
But Rangers rejected the deal, saying they did not believe it would receive the backing of enough shareholders “Clearly the current directors have a different path they want to go down,” Sarver said in a statement. “I’m disappointed the Rangers board has rejected my revised offer, which addressed the club’s immediate and long-term needs,” added Sarver, who owns the Phoenix Suns basketball team.
Marc Stein: After his first few attempts were rebuffed, Suns owner Robert Sarver issues statement that he will no longer try to buy Rangers in Scotland
One source briefed on the process told ESPN that if successful in securing majority control, Sarver is “looking to invest a significant amount of capital” into Rangers in an attempt to help restore the club to ?their top-division status in Scotland and resuscitate their storied Old Firm rivalry with Celtic, which ranks as one of the most passionate derbies in the sport.
A BBC Sport report over the weekend claimed Sarver has lodged a bid of £18 million to purchase a controlling stake in the Scottish Championship side – and on Monday the club affirmed the interest from the 53-year-old. “The company notes recent press speculation and confirms that it has received an approach from Robert Sarver [or a vehicle to be established and controlled by him] that may or may not lead to an offer being made for the company,” read a statement from Rangers. “There can be no certainty that an offer will be made, nor as to the terms on which an offer may be made. A further announcement is expected shortly.”
A general board decision to respond Sarver’s offer is scheduled for Monday. Sources told ESPN.com that Sarver’s interest in the Glasgow club was initiated by former Rangers and Scotland defender David Robertson, who now resides in the Phoenix area and has coached Sarver’s sons in youth soccer.
Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver is making an aggressive bid to buy majority control of the iconic Scottish soccer club Rangers, according to NBA sources. ESPN.com sources confirmed on Sunday a BBC Sports report in Scotland that Sarver has lodged a bid of 18 million pounds ($27.5 million) to purchase a controlling stake in the fallen giants, who have again drifted into difficult times financially after essentially going bankrupt in 2012.
Sarver also shared that sentiment with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver recently. “I had this conversation with him just the other day,” Silver said Wednesday night in Charlotte before the Suns-Hornets game. “I don’t think it’s imminent but, yes, over time, there’s no question that what was once one of the very best buildings in the league is becoming older. “They invested in a renovation there, the prior ownership did. Robert, as he looks out into the next decade, realizes that at some point he’s going to need a new building. It’s early stages but it’s something that the league office can be helpful with. At least we have the experience of many more markets.”