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A-Rod Doesn’t Even Own The Timberwolves Yet But Already Wants To Move The Team

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Alex Rodriguez already wants to move the Timberwolves to Seattle, and he doesn’t even own the team yet. According to the fine print of the recently-signed deal, the $1.5 billion sale doesn’t requiring the team to stay in Minnesota.

Now we have a lawsuit:

Meyer Orbach, the second largest shareholder of the Timberwolves, filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court alleging that majority owner, Glen Taylor and future owner Alex Rodriguez were violating the franchise’s partnership agreement.

He’s really just upset that Rodriguez is buying an NBA team with clear aspirations to move it back to Seattle, but whatever. You don’t like it? Be a better team or don’t sell.

What’s clear is that even a figure as universally misunderstood as A-Rod can make smart business decisions. Returning an NBA franchise to Seattle will almost certainly work, no matter what the basketball product is.

Regardless of how you feel about Alex Rodriguez, moving the Minnesota Timberwolves — who stink, by the way — is smart business. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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  1. Perfectly valid take in the garbage world of sports commentary. Sheffield takes a huge dump on Minnesota NBA fans who have supported this team, paid for large parts of stadiums and increased the value of the franchise without having any control over the product on the floor. We have had the worst owner in the HISTORY OF PROFESSIONAL SPORTS and now you are crossing your fingers that A-Rod will be a huge A Hole and move the franchise to Seattle. Sheffield’s cheering on the F-ing over of fans of the worst run franchise in history is pretty disgusting. The NBA is a China bowing woke nightmare anyway though, so I guess to hell with it all.

    • I get the fans being upset. But when ownership changes they’re going maximize profit anyway they can to get return.

      That said I don’t think moving to Seattle from Minneapolis is some huge jump in potential revenue. Seattle is basically the same size TV market and will probably see a drop in population after the insanity the past year. It’s also not cheap to uproot your entire organization and move cross country, change all your branding and merchandise out, and sign a huge lease for arena space. Seattle isn’t the destination it was 2 years ago after the BLM and ANTIFA fun they had. It’s a lot of risk for a small margin.

  2. I’m surprised the Twins, Wild, and the Vikings aren’t looking to move out of Minneapolis. They’re probably stuck there because of stadium agreements.

    Everyone with any capability to earn compensation in the real world should be looking to haul ass from that recently burned down, twice, hellhole.

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