Robert Sarver Rumors
Something like that, however, might have to wait until the franchise’s ownership situation is settled as Robert Sarver continues going through the process of selling it. That in and of itself made it somewhat of a surprise that a move restructuring the leadership flow got done while interim owner Sam Garvin is overseeing things. But a thought like that, the notion that getting bigger things done while a for sale sign is draped over the Suns is more difficult, is a misconception according to Jones, “That’s inaccurate,” he said. “We’re able to do our business. We couldn’t function without the autonomy and efforts of everyone on the business side as well as the basketball side. We started the season saying this was going to be another season for us where we push toward our goals of competing and we’re going to do the best job we can.
Miller expressed his dissatisfaction that players have been willing to call out owners but not one of their own. “In years past, this league has been great because the players have led the way and they have strong voices,” Miller said. “When Donald Sterling stepped in it, when Robert Sarver just recently stepped in it, our voices in the basketball community and our players were vocally strong in some type of discipline being handed down — or be gone. “The players have dropped the ball on this case when it’s been one of their own. It’s been crickets,” Miller added. “And it’s disappointing, because this league has been built on the shoulders of the players being advocates. Right is right and wrong is wrong. And if you’re gonna call out owners, and rightfully so, then you’ve got to call out players as well. You can’t go silent in terms of this for Kyrie Irving. I want to hear the players and their strong opinions as well, just as we heard about Robert Sarver and Donald Sterling.”
Moelis & Co., the investment bank handling the sale of the Phoenix Suns for Robert Sarver, has yet to find a “whale” interested in buying the NBA team. In late September, NBC Sports reported that billionaires Jeff Bezos and Larry Ellison might have an interest. The two men, each worth over $100 billion, would certainly be the types of “whales” that could drive up the price of the Suns. But neither has made an offer so far.
One NBA team executive told me recently that he thinks there’s a greater chance that the Suns will sell for more than $5 billion than less than $4 billion. But the thinking among sports bankers is the higher-price scenario would be possible only with a whale bidding. Without the whale, they say they doubt the team would fetch $4 billion.
In comments to Phoenix Suns employees before the team’s season-opening win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver apologized multiple times on behalf of the league office for enduring years of workplace misconduct under Suns majority owner Robert Sarver, according to sources who were present. “I’m incredibly empathetic to what many of you have lived through,” Silver said to a group of hundreds of employees, including some team executives and the team’s interim governor, Sam Garvin, who all gathered in the lower bowl of the team’s arena hours before the game.
During a nearly hour-long address, Silver, sitting on a stool and holding a microphone, said: “To the extent that you feel let down by the league, I apologize. I take responsibility for that.” Silver was later asked about whether he or the league office was aware of issues in the team’s workplace under Sarver, who led a group to buy the team in 2004. Silver stated he was not. “Did I hear ever that Robert could be difficult to deal with? Sure,” Silver told employees. “But that’s very different than conduct which is viewed as discriminatory in any way.”