NBA Franchise Historical Sale Prices – Sorted by Year

The most recent sale in the NBA is Michael Jordan’s purchase of the Charlotte Bobcats setting a comp for the future buyer of the Warriors.  However, Clayton Bennett paid $325 million for the Oklahoma City Thunder so I’d set that as the most recent comp.

Try here for NBA Franchise Historical Prices sorted by purchase price

NBA TEAM BUYER MILLION YEAR
Charlotte Bobcats Michael Jordan $240 2010
New Orleans Hornets George Shinn and Gary Chouest $33 & $285 1987 & 2007
Oklahoma City Thunder Clayton Bennett $325 2006
Cleveland Cavaliers Daniel Gilbert $375 2005
Phoenix Suns Robert Sarver $404 2004
Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Spirit $306 2004
NJ Nets Bruce Ratner $300 2004
Charlotte Bobcats Robert Johnson $300 2003
Boston Celtics Wycliffe Grousbeck $360 2002
Dallas Mavericks Mark Cuban $280 2000
Denver Nuggets Stanley Kroenke $202 2000
Memphis Grizzlies Michael Helsley $160 2000
Los Angeles Lakers Jerry Buss and Philip Anschutz $20 & $268 1979 & 1998
Sacramento Kings Gavin and Joseph Maloof $156 1998
Toronto Raptors Ontario Teachers Pension Plan $125 1998
New York Knicks Cablevision Systems $300 1997
Philadelphia 76ers Comcast Spectacor $125 1996
San Antonio Spurs Peter Holt $76 1996
GoldenState Warriors Christopher Cohan $119 1995
Minnesota Timberwolves Glen Taylor $89 1995
Houston Rockets Leslie Alexander $85 1993
Orlando Magic Richard DeVos $85 1991
Portland Trail Blazers Paul Allen $70 1988
Miami Heat Micky Arison $33 1988
Utah Jazz Miller Family $24 1986
Milwaukee Bucks Herbert Kohl $19 1985
Chicago Bulls Jerry Reinsdorf $16 1985
Indiana Pacers Herbert Simon $11 1983
Los Angeles Clippers Donald Sterling $13 1981
Detroit Pistons Karen Davidson $8 1974
Washington Wizards Irene Pollin $1 1964

NBA Team Historical Sale Prices Highest Price First

Most recent sales of all NBA teams sorted highest buy price first.  Will the Warriors sell for more than the current record high set by Robert Sarver in 2004 when he paid $404 million for the Phoenix Suns?  Reference is Forbes and links provided below.

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NBA TEAM BUYER MILLION YEAR
Phoenix Suns Robert Sarver $404 2004
Cleveland Cavaliers Daniel Gilbert $375 2005
Boston Celtics Wycliffe Grousbeck $360 2002
Oklahoma City Thunder Clayton Bennett $325 2006
Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Spirit $306 2004
Charlotte Bobcats Robert Johnson $300 2003
NJ Nets Bruce Ratner $300 2004
New York Knicks Cablevision Systems $300 1997
New Orleans Hornets George Shinn and Gary Chouest $33 & $285 1987 & 2007
Dallas Mavericks Mark Cuban $280 2000
Los Angeles Lakers Jerry Buss and Philip Anschutz $20 & $268 1979 & 1998
Charlotte Bobcats Michael Jordan $240 2010
Denver Nuggets Stanley Kroenke $202 2000
Memphis Grizzlies Michael Helsley $160 2000
Sacramento Kings Gavin and Joseph Maloof $156 1998
Toronto Raptors Ontario Teachers Pension Plan $125 1998
Philadelphia 76ers Comcast Spectacor $125 1996
GoldenState Warriors Christopher Cohan $119 1995
Minnesota Timberwolves Glen Taylor $89 1995
Orlando Magic Richard DeVos $85 1991
Houston Rockets Leslie Alexander $85 1993
San Antonio Spurs Peter Holt $76 1996
Portland Trail Blazers Paul Allen $70 1988
Miami Heat Micky Arison $33 1988
Utah Jazz Miller Family $24 1986
Milwaukee Bucks Herbert Kohl $19 1985
Chicago Bulls Jerry Reinsdorf $16 1985
Los Angeles Clippers Donald Sterling $13 1981
Indiana Pacers Herbert Simon $11 1983
Detroit Pistons Karen Davidson $8 1974
Washington Wizards Irene Pollin $1 1964



No Way Warriors sell by end of June 2010

Tim Kawakami offered some analysis on the Warrior deal being done by the end of June.  NO WAY!  It’s impossible and Tim blames that on Cohan and Warriors Ownership.  A $400mm deal is not going to get done in 45 days.

A source is quoted as saying:

In fact, one source with deep sports-ownership ties said today that it’s presumed that Ellison will eventually buy the Warriors… but it will have to be almost totally on his terms.

That’s bull.  Ellison is good but he’s not the only game in town.  The Warriors have sucked for 13 years but the NBA and/or basketball must be the fastest growing sport in the World and the SF Bay Area is an awesome sports area.  Lots of people and groups with money know this and they will pay Cohan what it is worth….worth to them.

Nobody is talking about this “Chinese group of business men” but I have them as the wild card.  Ever heard of Li Ka Shing?  The Chinese love hoops and here is their chance to join the NBA in one of the most Asian Friendly cities in the world.