If you’re in the mood for some disappointment, then boy do I have you covered.
As you’re probably aware, yesterday, the Memphis Grizzlies announced they had found a new buyer for the franchise, 34 year old tech tycoon Robert Pera. Pera, one of the world’s youngest billionaires (who made his money thanks in-part to Apple and a wireless networking company he founded) is due to buy the Grizzlies for a reported $350 million dollars, but despite the purchase, the Grizzlies weren’t his first option – at least not according to The Commercial Appeal’s Geoff Calkins as he’s reporting the Northern California native attempted to buy the Charlotte Bobcats and Sacramento Kings prior to the Grizzlies purchase:
Robert Pera previously tried to buy Bobcats and Kings, I’m told.
No word on how extended the talks ever became between Pera and the Maloofs of if he was immediately rebuffed in his attempts, but one thing has become clear through this entire process – the Kings are much desired by outside entities, as they should be.
Unfortunately for the city and surrounding areas of Sacramento, as of now, it doesn’t appear the Maloofs are letting loose of their grip.
But hey – good things come to those who wait, right? Right?!?