Since LeBron James’ initial tweet on the heels of Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler’s defeat to Reverend (and Senator-elect) Raphael Warnock that he would like to buy the team from Loeffler, interest has grown in buying the team.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 6, 2021
Los Angeles Dodgers star Mookie Betts said he would like to buy the team.
COUNT ME IN!!!!! https://t.co/GYZVFhyJt8
— Mookie Betts (@mookiebetts) January 6, 2021
So has Renee Montgomery …
I’m ready when you are https://t.co/vU2b42WcBT
— Renee Montgomery (@ReneeMontgomery) January 6, 2021
So has Carmelo Anthony…
Let’s Talk Bro! https://t.co/vwRd4uVqbP
— Carmelo Anthony (@carmeloanthony) January 7, 2021
And even an individual who is part of the Golden State Warriors board.
I’ll buy it with you.
— Chamath Palihapitiya (@chamath) January 8, 2021
That board member expressing his interest will, of course, start chatter about if the Dream, beleaguered by attendance issue during much of its time in Atlanta, would relocate to another city – particularly with Warriors’ owner Joe Lacob’s interest in getting back into the women’s basketball business. Lacob once was involved with the San Jose Lasers of the ABL and NBA executives over the years have mentioned San Francisco as a potential WNBA destination.
Could the Dream really be sold? Even with the palpable backlash to Loeffler in response to her comments critical of Black Lives Matter over the summer, WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert did a CNN interview where she mentioned she would not force a vote of the Board of Governors to remove Loeffler as Atlanta Dream co-owner.
Lexie Brown (Minnesota Lynx), who knows a thing or two about Atlanta, has been dousing cold water on these hot flames, believing those that would want to buy the Dream should focus those efforts towards an expansion franchise.
love the interest in buying the dream, but they aren’t for sale.
Hear me out….
put that money up to bring back a franchise 👀👀😇
— Lexie Brown (@lexiekiah_4) January 7, 2021
— Lexie Brown (@lexiekiah_4) January 9, 2021
Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve did speak about the Loeffler situation on her podcast, and does not see the ousted senator continuing long-term as one of the women who sign Dream paychecks.
Cheryl Reeve on Dream/Loeffler, on the latest Cheryl Reeve Show episode:
“I don’t think you’ll see the ownership continue. How it ends… might be done a little different than in the Donald Sterling case.”
— Kurtis (@fromkurtis) January 7, 2021