The Mercury News

Jordan considers selling Hornets; nothing certain


Michael Jordan is considerin­g selling the Charlotte Hornets.

The six-time NBA champion is in negotiatio­ns to sell at least a portion of the franchise to a group that includes Hornets minority owner Gabe Plotkin.

“Four years ago, Michael Jordan sold a stake in the Charlotte Hornets to a Gabe Plotkin-led group,” Jump Management, which is Michael Jordan's family office, said in a statement to The Associated Press on Wednesday. “As a natural step in a process due to that transactio­n, Michael and Gabe are in discussion­s about his group potentiall­y buying an additional stake.” No deal is imminent. “At this time, it is unclear whether an additional sale will take place,” the statement read.

Jordan declined interview requests to discuss the potential sale of the team through his spokespers­on, Estee Portnoy.

In 2019, Jordan sold a portion of the Hornets to Plotkin, a founder of Melvin Capital, and Daniel Sundheim of DI Capital, but Jordan still controlled the majority of the team's equity.

It's unclear at this point if Jordan is looking to sell his entire majority stake in the team, or just a portion of it. CLIPPERS' GEORGE OUT >> The Los Angeles Clippers may be without All-Star Paul George to start the postseason.

The team said Wednesday that George has a sprained right knee and he will be reevaluate­d in two to three weeks.

The Clippers began the day in fifth place in the Western Conference with a 38-35 record. They end the regular season on April 9 at Phoenix, a team they could meet in the first round of the playoffs, which begin six days later.

JOKIC LEADS NUGGETS >> Nikola Jokic had 31 points and 12 rebounds as the visiting Denver Nuggets beat the short-handed Washington Wizards 118-104 on Wednesday night. Michael Porter Jr. added 21 points and Jamal Murray had 17 for Western Conference-leading Denver. Kristaps Porzingis scored 25 points for the Wizards, who were without three-time

All-Star guard Bradley Beal (left knee soreness) and Kyle Kuzma (right ankle).

HEAT 127, KNICKS 120 >> Jimmy Butler scored 35 points and Tyler Herro scored 14 of his 22 in the fourth quarter for host Miami. Herro made four 3-pointers in the fourth for the Heat, took the lead for good with a 16-2 run midway through the final quarter. New York's Julius Randle, coming off a 57-point effort Monday against Minnesota, was held to 15. RJ Barrett scored 26 for the Knicks.

PACERS 118, RAPTORS 114 >> Rookie guard Andrew Nembhard had 25 points and 10 assists for visiting Indiana, which snapped Toronto's home winning streak at seven. Myles Turner added 16 points for the Pacers. Pascal Siakam scored 18 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter for the Raptors. Fred VanVleet had 28 points and 11 assists for Toronto, and Jakob Poeltl scored 23.

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