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Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor recently made a strategic move that resulted in a huge financial gain for himself while retaining control of the team. The group led by Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez, who had been in the process of buying the Timberwolves and the Minnesota Lynx, failed to meet the deadline for the final purchase, resulting in Taylor keeping the team.

The original plan was for Lore and Rodriguez to acquire the team in three parts over four years at a weighted average price of $1.6 billion, with seller financing included. The group had already purchased 40% of the team, paying Taylor about $500 million in cash. It is reported that Taylor received all or most of this $500 million, with the other limited partners involved having smaller stakes in the team.

Despite having offers from buyers willing to pay at least $1.5 billion in cash for the team, Taylor chose to go with the Lore-Rodriguez group and their multi-year purchase plan. This decision puzzled some in the industry, as the group faced challenges in raising the necessary funds for the acquisition. The recent rejection of a potential deal involving private equity firm Carlyle Group as an investor further set back Lore and Rodriguez’s plans.

With Taylor now in a position to potentially sell the Timberwolves for at least $2.4 billion, speculation arises as to why he chose to work with Lore and Rodriguez. The duo, who are now limited partners in the team, paid a control price but have no say in how the team is operated. Taylor’s decision to hold onto the team and reap the financial benefits could be seen as a clever move on his part, especially given the offers he received from other potential buyers.

The Timberwolves, currently ranked as the 29th most valuable team in the NBA by Forbes, have over $200 million in debt. While the Lore-Rodriguez group faced challenges in completing the purchase of the team, Taylor ultimately emerged as the winner in this situation. As the future of the team remains uncertain, Taylor’s control and ownership of the Timberwolves give him significant leverage in any potential future dealings or sales of the franchise.

In the world of sports team ownership, strategic decision-making and financial gains go hand in hand. Glen Taylor’s recent move to keep control of the Minnesota Timberwolves while securing a significant cash payout highlights the complexities and nuances of team ownership in professional sports. As the story continues to unfold, the implications of this decision could have long-lasting effects on the Timberwolves and the NBA as a whole.

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