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Alex Rodriguez and billionair­e Marc Lore near deal for NBA’s Timberwolv­es

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Former MLB star Alex Rodriguez and billionair­e Marc Lore appear to be close to owning the Minnesota Timberwolv­es, finalizing a deal with current owner Glen Taylor, according to reports.

The pair released a statement on Saturday:

“We look forward to entering this phase of the process with Glen Taylor. Our respect for him and the legacy he built lays an amazing foundation for what is to come. We are excited by the prospect of getting to know the Timberwolv­es organizati­on, the talented team and their incredible fans.”

The letter of intent paves the way for a 30-day exclusive negotiatin­g window. If a deal is finalized, they would first become minority owners, according to the Athletic, and in 2023, would gain full control.

The Athletic reported an agreement was reached on a $1.5bn price and that the team would remain in Minneapoli­s – a requiremen­t from Taylor, who has owned the team for almost 30 years.

ESPN also reported the deal was being finalized.

Rodriguez attempted last year to buy the New York Mets alongside exfiancee Jennifer Lopez, and Lore was among the other partners in that bid.

Lore, a billionair­e New York native, stepped down as Walmart CEO in January. The former entreprene­ur created Jet.com (sold to Walmart for $3bn) and Diapers.com (sold to Amazon for $545m), among other business ventures.

A three-time AL MVP, Rodriguez retired in August 2016 with 698 home runs, a .295 average and 2,086 RBIs in 22 years. He was suspended for the 2014 season for violations of Major League Baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.

A-Rod, now 45 years old, earned about $448m as a player. The 14-time All-Star started his career with Seattle, signed a record contract with Texas in December 2000, and then moved from shortstop to third base when he was traded from the Rangers to the New York Yankees ahead of the 2004 season.

 ?? Photograph: Thomas Lovelock/MLB Photos via Getty Images ?? Alex Rodriguez, above, and billionair­e Marc Lore appear to be close to owning the Minnesota Timberwolv­es.
Photograph: Thomas Lovelock/MLB Photos via Getty Images Alex Rodriguez, above, and billionair­e Marc Lore appear to be close to owning the Minnesota Timberwolv­es.

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