Los Angeles Times

Ishbia approved as Suns owner


Mortgage executive and former Michigan State guard Mat Ishbia is the new majority owner of the Phoenix Suns and the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury after the NBA’s board of governors approved his plan to purchase the controllin­g stake of those franchises from Robert Sarver.

Ishbia agreed Dec. 20 to the deal, one that put the total value of the Suns and Mercury at $4 billion.

The sale was finalized hours after Jason Rowley, who was the Suns’ president and chief executive, decided to leave the team.

Josh Green and Jaden Hardy each scored a careerhigh 29 points, and Dallas, playing without Luka Doncic (heel bruise), beat host Utah 124-111 after completing a trade for Kyrie Irving . ... Klay Thompson scored 42 points and made 12 threepoint­ers, and Golden State routed visiting Oklahoma

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