Houston restaurateur Tilman Fertitta is shopping for the Houston Rockets for $2.2 billion, in line with individuals accustomed to the deal.
The worth can be a brand new excessive for the Nationwide Basketball Affiliation, breaking the $2 billion Steve Ballmer paid for the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014.
Rockets proprietor Les Alexander introduced in July that he was promoting the franchise, which he purchased for $85 million in 1993. Forbes, which compiles an annual valuation of sports activities franchises, estimates the groups worth at $1.65 billion, No. eight within the league behind the Brooklyn Nets and forward of the Dallas Mavericks.
Fertitta is the chairman and chief government officer of Landrys Inc., one of many worlds largest restaurant and hospitality corporations. A Landrys consultant didnt return a request for touch upon the acquisition, which is predicted to be introduced formally as early as right now.
This can be a life-long dream come true, stated Fertitta in a joint assertion with Alexander. A local of Galveston and life-long resident of the Houston space, Fertitta is shopping for the staff with out companions, and the deal consists of operation of the groups area.
Rockets president Tad Brown didnt instantly return a request for touch upon the acquisition worth. The sale requires approval by the NBA.
The Rockets, who final gained an NBA title in 1995, lately gave star guard James Harden the most important contract in NBA historical past, a four-year extension that brings the deal to a reported $228 million. The group additionally just lately traded for nine-time All Star level guard Chris Paul.
Information of the sale was reported earlier right now by the Houston Chronicle.