Even Jeremy Lin lives in Brooklyn now. New York’s professional athletes have long gravitated to luxury Manhattan high-rises, trendy TriBeCa lofts and sprawling mansions on the Hudson. Not since there was baseball at Ebbets Field and the old Dodgers had homes in Bay Ridge have players chosen to actually live in Brooklyn. But that has all changed in recent months. The Nets are playing, practicing and, at long last, living in Brooklyn this season. In fact, 12 of the 15 players with guaranteed contracts are bona fide residents, a stark change from last season when the team was still practicing in East Rutherford, N.J., and only one player lived in the borough. This season, some players reside within a bounce pass of the fetid Gowanus Canal, a Superfund site. Their real estate decisions are the latest proof that this ain’t your father’s Brooklyn — unless your father cultivated roof-to-table microgreens and ran a small-batch bourbon distillery/yarn store. “It’s different,” said Luis Scola, a forward from Argentina whose family has a three-bedroom rental in Carroll Gardens. “You walk places. We’re riding our bikes a lot. It’s a place with real personality.”
Knicks shooting guard Sasha Vujacic has rented a two-bedroom apartment at Sky, the colossal rental at 605 W. 42nd St., that was asking a mighty $8,200 per month. Vujacic has been spotted shooting hoops with his neighbor — fellow Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis, who also lives in the building alongside his brothers, as we exclusively reported.
Mike Conley is putting down solid roots in Tennessee—not only did he sign the NBA’s largest contract ever, he also recently bought a new mansion in Collierville, about 30 minutes east of the Memphis Grizzlies‘ arena. Built in 2006 on a 1.76-acre lot, the 7,100-square-foot home has four bedrooms and seven bathrooms, public records show. Designed by Memphis-based architecture firm T Douglas Enoch, the home has a French-inspired exterior, including hand-broken stacked stonework and painted brick.
Would Haslem consider leaving the Heat to do so? "I didn't say that," Haslem said. "I was thinking more him of him coming here. I never said that. I won't ever say that. When I said play with him again, I never said leave. He's trying to sell his house down here. I might just buy it and hold it for him."
Rich Paul purchased a $3 million summer home in Los Angeles recently, becoming the third member of LeBron James' inner circle to buy a house out there in the last year. But you can still expect to see Paul in his usual seat, courtside at The Q, for most of the Cavs' 41 home games. Paul, 34, who is James' agent and founder of Klutch Sports agency, which represents multiple NBA players including the Cavs' Tristan Thompson, bought a 3,900-square-foot new home in the Beverly Grove area of Los Angeles.
A source close to Paul said the Cleveland native will "continue to live in and operate out of" his hometown, and he bought the L.A. house because "increasingly, his clients, in addition to LeBron, are spending summers in Los Angeles." James spent most of July, August, and September living and working out of his Brentwood estate. Thompson, the Raptors' Cory Joseph, and Washington's John Wall -- all Paul clients -- have also spent large chunks of their summers in southern California. So has Ben Simmons, a Paul client who was drafted first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in June. Paul, who wants a place to live while his clients are out there, attended workouts recently in L.A. featuring James, Simmons, Dwyane Wade (not a Paul client) and others.
Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside closed on the $7.3 million purchase of a new Miami Beach home, sources told The Real Deal. Whiteside, who signed a four-year, $98 million contract to stay with the Heat in June, bought the six-bedroom, 5,406-square-foot home at 528 Lakeview Court.
NBA star JJ Redick may play for the Los Angeles Clippers, but he called this Austin, Texas, villa home until recently. Built in 2010, the residence is situated in the West Lake Hills neighborhood and features soaring ceilings, French doors, arched doorways, and crown moldings. There’s a large kitchen with a central island and a butler’s pantry. Additional highlights include a media room with a bar and a wood-paneled library with built-ins. Occupying more than an acre of terraced lawns and gardens, the home also features an infinity pool and a cabana, all amid verdant vistas. Listed for $5 million, this 10,000-square-foot home has 6 bedrooms, 6 baths, and 3 half baths.
Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul is looking to make a change to his home lineup, listing his estate in Bel-Air for sale at $11.495 million. It was four years ago that the perennial All-Star bought the eight-bedroom, 11-bedroom mansion four years ago from singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne for $8.495 million. He’s since bought another home on two acres in Calabasas for $8.995 million. Obscured on either side by tall privacy hedges, the two-story Mediterranean sits on half an acre in guard-gated Bel-Air Crest and takes in canyon and reservoir views.
It’s a basketball brotherhood troika. Latvian-born NBA star player Kristaps Porzingis just scored a new pad in Midtown West. The 7-foot-3-inch player has leased a corner penthouse that was asking $8,000 a month at Sky, the mammoth rental tower at 605 W. 42nd St. He also nabbed another two high-floor units for his two brothers, Martins and Janis, because “they are close and like to be near each other,” a source said.
On why he didn’t hold out for any player options or trade kickers in his extension… “I love the city and I’m happy here. I’ve actually been looking for homes since my rookie year but I was not going to buy because I’m a business man and I think it’s important you have a secure situation before you begin to make expensive purchases such as purchasing real estate. But I told my agent I like it here and I’m content. I like the situation I’m in, I like the staff and I’m happy to be here with no outs, no trade kickers, ect. I want to be here and I told him that. So I said ‘Do what you’ve got to do to get it done and have me here long term.’”
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson: New York traffic and rent are disrespectful!!! Y'all gotta compromise take some cars out or take some numbers down lol. If you do not live in NY you should have to drive to the surrounding areas to park in a garage and have to use public transportation.
Bruce Springsteen has sold off one of his Rumson homes to Newark native and NBA player Randy Foye for $1.737 million, according to Monmouth County records and Zillow.com. The 4-acre property on Bellevue Avenue was not listed on the open market, but Zillow says the deal closed on April 25. Monmouth County records show Foye and Springsteen's trustees signed a contract to purchase the home in February. RedBankGreen.com first reported the transaction.
Mike Richman: Brian Roberts owns a house in the Charlotte area. His family lived there after he was traded to Miami/Portland last year.
Anderson will likely command a max contract after making $17 million last season. Although the Lakers have enough money to sign two max players, it is not currently clear how much they would pay Anderson. Should Anderson land with the Lakers, it would become an easy transition considering he recently bought a house in Hermosa Beach, sources said.
Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay has sold his home in a gated community to new Memphis Tigers men's basketball coach Tubby Smith for $1.48 million. Take a tour of the house in this video. The two-story house came back on the market in April and closed sale in under 60 days. Gay, who began his career with the Memphis Grizzlies, bought the house six years ago for a shade more than $1.176 million.
George Karl is ready to put Sacramento in the rear view mirror. The professional basketball coach, whose tenure with the Sacramento Kings came to an unceremonious end in April, has put his house in the Arden Park neighborhood up for sale at $949,000.
The NBA's unanimous MVP, Stephen Curry, is selling his Orinda, Calif. home for $3.895 million months after he moved to a larger home nearby. The five-plus bedroom, four-and-a-half bath home boasts some insanely cool features, including a hobby vineyard, a putting green, an NBA-sized basketball hoop and an electric car charger for the environmentally conscious buyer.
Former Piston Ben Gordon‘s baller Detroit-area mansion is staying in the family. Current Celtics forward (and Gordon’s former Pistons teammate) Jonas Jerebko has purchased the massive six-bedroom home complete with an indoor gymnasium and three-section pool with a fountain for $2.2 million. Jerebko (pictured above) was traded from the Pistons to the Celtics more than a year ago, but the Swedish star is keeping his roots in Michigan—and getting a great deal in the process.
Tiny houses have seen an insane rise in popularity over the last couple years. (HGTV appears to have THREE shows about tiny houses.) This is especially unbelievable because I’m fairly certain the first time anyone actually heard of a tiny house was in a Geico commercial which seemed absurd at the time. Anyway, Bonner and his family now own a tiny house. Why? I have no clue. I hope it was explained on the show. According to Basketball-Reference, Bonner has made over $28,000,000 in his career. Hopefully, he also has a normal-sized home.
Professional basketball player turned front office executive Sean Marks, who joined the Brooklyn Nets front office as general manager this year, has made a move on the opposite coast, buying a home in Newport Beach for $3 million. Completed last year, the two-story beach house in the Balboa Peninsula area is set up for indoor-outdoor living. Bi-folding glass doors open the home to a front patio with a firepit and built-in barbecue. Atop the home, a rooftop lounge takes in bay and ocean views.
Former Knick Patrick Ewing, who listed his Cresskill home in October for $6.998 million, has just dropped the price to $6.498 million. That's $148,000 more than than Ewing, now associate head coach of the Charlotte Hornets and an NBA and New Jersey Hall of Famer, paid for it via a trust near the height of the real estate bubble in 2007.
Looking to make an off-court pass of sorts, Golden State Warriors sixth man Andre Iguodala has put his home in Sherman Oaks area up for sale at $1.75 million. The fenced and gated Mediterranean, built in 2007, features dark wood and mosaic tile floors, arched doorways and vaulted ceilings — a feature that likely appealed to the 6-foot-6 basketball player.
The Porzingises have been living with Kristaps at his Westchester apartment, easing the 20-year-old's transition to life in the NBA. "We're 24-7 together," Porzingis says. "Whenever I'm on the road, we're talking about basketball [by phone]. We're watching basketball together. We're a basketball family...They're there to support me, so it's fundamental."
NBA All-Star and Olympic gold medalist Tyson Chandler, who plays for the Phoenix Suns, and his wife, Kimberly, have put their home in guard-gated Hidden Hills on the market for $9.995 million. The defensive-minded center put his stamp on the single-level Traditional-style house during his ownership, redoing the interiors while adding a detached man cave/theater room, a detached gym with a steam shower and horse facilities to the 1.34-acre property.
Chandler, who owns other property in Southern California, bought the house five years ago for $5.45 million. Jordan Cohen of RE/MAX Olson & Associates is the listing agent.
When LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers makes a move — on or off court — people notice. The hoops superstar recently purchased an estate in Brentwood for $20,986,500 to augment his Ohio real estate holdings. Built in 2011 and designed by architect Ken Ungar, the 9,440-square-foot Traditional-style home has a gabled roof, dormer windows and black shutters. A bay window punctuates a two-story stretch of stone facade along the front of the house.
Porzingis has an apartment in Manhattan but spends most of his time with his family in White Plains, not far from the Knicks' practice facility. Having a support system in place – his family joined him after the draft – is unusual for Porzingis after learning on his own in Spain, but he prefers having loved ones around to encourage him and keep him grounded. Porzingis' family plans to take short road trips to watch games in Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington, D.C. Talis proudly pulled out his cellphone to record Kristaps stepping on the floor for pregame warmups before the Knicks' win against the Wizards on Oct. 31. “They make sure, whenever I’m a little too high, they calm me down. When I’m down, they give me some confidence,” Porzingis told Yahoo Sports. “My older brothers, they know how to keep my head straight and be thinking about what I need to do on the court. Now I have that in me, that mentality, that I want to get better and better every game. Thanks to them, they showed me the way.”
"They need a little country music here and there, make them feel right at home. If you're going to be a part of my household, you gotta like country music," Butler said. Butler's six-bedroom, 10,000-square-foot mansion, which he purchased in September for $4.3 million, includes a custom staircase, an elevator and a 750-bottle wine cellar.
LeBron James purchased a vacation mansion in a plum section of Los Angeles, a source with knowledge of the transaction confirmed to cleveland.com. Variety Magazine reports that James bought the 9,350-square-foot home, built in 2011, for nearly $21 million, in L.A.'s Brentwood community. James' recent partnership with Warner Bros. fueled ample speculation that he may star in a sequel to the hit movie Space Jam, or would otherwise be more involved in the motion picture industry after his successful debut as a supporting actor in last summer's Trainwreck.
The purchase of the home was related to James' affinity for southern California and his off-court business opportunities there, and not to basketball, a source told Cleveland.com. "He likes L.A., he plans on spending time there in the summer, and he has a growing number of business opportunities," said a source close to James. "No one should read this as any indication about basketball. It's a vacation house."
Michael Jordan has been trying to sell his 9 bedroom, 56,000 square foot, $14.8 million house outside Chicago for a while now, but so far, no takers. So now MJ’s pulling out all the stops, narrating this intense hype video challenging people to buy the ‘Michael Jordan estate.’ In case you’re interested, here’s a selection from the official listing: If these walls could talk, the stories they would tell would be incredible. Hands of poker were played late into the night in the card room, while Jordan and friends smoked his favorite cigars from his humidor. He and his family watched movies on his huge video screen that descends from the ceiling, or swam in the infinity pool, with it’s central platform like a ball swishing into the net. The “Breakfast Club,” a core group of talented Bulls players, worked out in Jordan’s fitness center, and strategized on future games over breakfasts made by his private chef.
While fans freaked out about that, Hayward, the thrifty young man who bought a Honda Civic with his first NBA paycheck, was less than thrilled that the L.A. Times even brought the fact that he purchased a $3.35 million vacation home — or a tennis court estate, as the article put it — in Rancho Sante Fe. “It is definitely kind of annoying just because you’d like to have a little bit of privacy with things you do off the court,” Hayward said after Saturday’s practice. “Everything on the court is wide open and everything. But it is what it is.”
Patrick Ewing’s former Potomac estate hits the market for $5.3 million. The enormous shoe closet, basketball hoop and workout equipment at Patrick Ewing’s former 12-bathroom, 7-bedroom estate in Potomac remain 15 years after the 7-footer sold the property in 2000. It’s now on the market again for $5.3 million, according to listing agent Ellie Shorb. Shorb, who works out of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s downtown Bethesda office, said the home at 9712 Sorrel Ave. was built for Ewing, the former Georgetown and New York Knicks star who in 2008 was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Hall of Fame basketball player James Worthy has put a home in Bel-Air on the market for $2.195 million. Worthy, who owns other property on the Westside, bought the house in 1997 for $945,000, property records show.
Former LA Laker and Augsburg College standout Devean George is the driving force behind a new development in North Minneapolis. He and a former classmate hope their affordable housing unit near Penn Avenue and Golden Valley Road will be a catalyst for positive change. A high-traffic area known for violence and crime is being converted into a place where people can live, shop and thrive in the heart of North Minneapolis.
January 26, 2022 | 9:34 pm EST Update
Two weeks before the deadline, the Rockets are sellers, unquestionably so if the only choices are to be buyers or sellers. But since everything has changed from their previous ventures into the deadline deal-making period, the Rockets’ roles and goals this season are not so easily defined. They are sellers who are far less motivated to deal than in previous seasons.
They are unlikely to seek a small step forward, a solid role player type who does not bring star potential to drive the rebuild. But they do not need to make everything about acquiring picks, especially in next June’s draft, in which they already have two selections. They have two second-year players, Jae’Sean Tate and K.J. Martin, in the rotation and chose four then-teenagers in last year’s draft, collecting more young players than they have had minutes to play.
Eric Gordon would seem to be the Rockets’ most valuable trade asset, other than the first-round picks that would take a legitimate star talent to pry loose. At 33, Gordon would seem to be on a different timetable from a core crowded with teenagers. Though talks so far have been at most exploratory, offers could come later. The Rockets would have to determine not just how they feel about the deals that might be available but how they compare offers to what they believe they could get before the draft or in the offseason.