How Alex Rodriguez and Marc Lore's $1.5 billion purchase of the Timberwolves can rebuild the team, boost diversity in NBA

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Alex Rodriguez connected May 9, 2019, astatine NBC's "Today."

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Alex Rodriguez is yet a sports owner.

Months aft the erstwhile Major League Baseball prima came up abbreviated successful a bid to bargain the New York Mets, the National Basketball Association opened up its ownership club. Rodriguez volition articulation former Walmart e-commerce CEO Marc Lore to acquisition the Minnesota Timberwolves for a reported $1.5 billion.

The determination inactive needs support from NBA owners, and Timberwolves existent proprietor Glenn Taylor is expected to run the franchise for 2 much years portion Rodriguez and Lore modulation into their ownership roles.

"They've asked that I would beryllium determination for immoderate decisions that would request to beryllium made," Taylor told the Associated Press. "I would bask that. I emotion teaching people. These are a mates of precise agleam guys, and I deliberation it could beryllium adjuvant to the club, and I deliberation I could beryllium adjuvant to them truthful that they consciousness assured erstwhile they instrumentality implicit 100%."

Taylor volition depart the nine helium purchased successful 1994 for astir $90 million. It's presently 1 of the astir losing franchises successful pro sports and successful the mediate of a rift with its biggest franchise star, Kevin Garnett.

Perhaps Rodriguez and Lore tin repair the team's narration and yet get Garnett's jersey retired. But the caller radical volition besides request to code however it volition physique its organization, who volition assistance tally the hoops broadside and what types of owners they'll beryllium connected the diverseness front.

Though Taylor is praised for his enactment successful the Minnesota assemblage arsenic a sports owner, he failed to either assemble large hoops minds oregon was excessively inconsistent with selecting beforehand bureau unit and coaches.

Glen Taylor, proprietor of the Minnesota Timberwolves passes a shot earlier the crippled betwixt the Minnesota Timberwolves and the San Antonio Spurs connected November 15, 2017 astatine the Target Center successful Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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And for arsenic overmuch praise arsenic the NBA gets with diversity, the league falls abbreviated connected teams' C-suite representation. In the 2020 diversity study card, issued annually by the University of Central Florida, the NBA received an F successful diverseness hires among squad CEOs and presidents.

Of the 55 positions, 50 are achromatic executives, 3 are Black, including Dallas Maverick CEO Cynthia Marshall, who besides serves arsenic 1 of six women successful the roles. Timberwolves President Gersson Rosas serves arsenic 1 of 2 Hispanic executives.   

Some eyes are connected the Golden State Warriors, arsenic squad president Rick Welts volition beryllium retiring. The squad is said to beryllium considering interior candidates, including Chase Arena's wide manager, Kim Stone. The Warriors didn't reply a CNBC petition erstwhile asked if they are considering immoderate Black executives.

Still, the NBA has a diverseness occupation successful higher beforehand offices. Whether the caller Timberwolves owners volition assistance oregon proceed to wounded this contented – clip volition tell. But if they determine to travel immoderate of the hiring trends to assistance rebuild the franchise, present are a fewer names to consider:

Sports cause Aaron Goodwin watches the Sacramento Kings instrumentality connected the Oklahoma City Thunder connected February 12, 2011, astatine ARCO Arena successful Sacramento, California.

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The old-new trend 

One of the much caller communal trends successful NBA ownership groups is hiring subordinate agents to tally hoops operations.

The Los Angeles Lakers turned to Kobe Bryant's longtime cause Rob Pelinka to alteration the franchise, portion the New York Knicks are gaining occurrence nether erstwhile CAA typical Leon Rose. The Knicks could beryllium connected the verge of making the playoffs for the archetypal clip since the 2012-13 play nether Rose.

Agents are person to players and cognize this broadside of the NBA scenery amended than most, truthful the inclination does work. But the cause inclination is thing new.

The Phoenix Suns tried this with erstwhile cause Lon Babby, and the Golden State Warriors stripped Larry Riley and bequeathed the relation to ex-agent Bob Myers to assistance successful their title runs.

Another sanction to see is Aaron Goodwin. Though astir cognize mega cause Rich Paul, who has go possibly the astir salient NBA cause powerbroker down the scenes, Goodwin was successful spot earlier Paul.

Goodwin served arsenic LeBron James' agent erstwhile helium arrived successful the NBA successful 2003, helping to negociate apical sneaker contracts. Goodwin was besides 1 of the masterminds down establishing the NBA's G League Ignite team, wherever young players gain wealth portion awaiting NBA draught eligibility.

Currently, helium represents Portland Trail Blazers superstar Damian Lillard and San Antonio Spurs defender DeMar DeRozan. Should the Timberwolves determine to travel this trend, Goodwin has the resume for an enforcement position.

The ex-player turned executive

Player agents are 1 trend, but different is erstwhile players with immoderate beforehand bureau understanding. It's presently moving good for the Suns with James Jones and Brooklyn Nets wide manager Sean Marks.

Malik Rose is different intriguing name. He gained acquisition some connected the G League level with the Atlanta Hawks and the Detroit Pistons beforehand office. Rose is present moving wrong the league office, gaining familiarity with league operations nether Byron Spruell.

How overmuch powerfulness Elton Brand has successful Philadelphia these days nether Daryl Morey is anyone's guess. But Brand assisted the 76ers with their modulation to an NBA Eastern Conference menace and should beryllium gaining much of an analytical position to roster gathering with Morey successful charge.

And Michael Finley is gaining acquisition with Mavericks, serving arsenic the vice president of hoops operations, though helium appears to beryllium committed to staying successful Dallas. Using this trend, the trio tin beryllium among the names that could assistance Rodriguez and Lore with squad operations should Rosas beryllium replaced nether the caller regime.

Joe Dumars participates successful a sheet treatment during the yearly Milken Institute Global Conference astatine The Beverly Hilton Hotel connected April 29, 2019 successful Beverly Hills, California.

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Blast from the past?

And there's thing incorrect with the aged inclination either – selecting a erstwhile oregon existent squad enforcement with extended NBA cognition and a way grounds of success. The Knicks utilized this inclination erstwhile they hired erstwhile Indiana Pacers enforcement Donnie Walsh to resurrect the team.

In this hiring formula, Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri should beryllium highly sought after, fixed his way grounds and should helium permission Canada. But Ujiri whitethorn beryllium unavailable erstwhile Rodriguez and Lore instrumentality over.

Hence, Sacramento Kings advisor Joe Dumars is simply a longtime fig that knows however to navigate the hoops landscape. Dumars helped orchestrate the Pistons' dominance, particularly from 2003 done 2005, erstwhile the squad won an NBA championship.

And sitting close successful Rosas' beforehand bureau is erstwhile Hornets (then the Bobcats) president Ed Tapscott, who landed the franchise its arena successful Charlotte. And ex-Jordan marque enforcement and Portland Trail Blazers president Larry Miller is besides good respected. He helped rebrand the franchise's "Jail Blazers" era.

The Spurs trend

And Rodriguez and Lore whitethorn besides privation to support their eyes connected the Spurs' beforehand office, wherever squad CEO R.C. Buford is grooming lawman wide counsel Brandon James, who has a large knowing of the NBA wage headdress and could beryllium look arsenic a squad president successful a fewer years. 

Turning to the Spurs' enforcement inclination has served the Oklahoma City Thunder (hired erstwhile Spurs enforcement Sam Presti) and Utah Jazz (Dennis Lindsey) well.

The Thunder endured a large tally with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook astatine the helm, portion the Jazz are presently sitting atop the Western Conference and a important menace to beforehand to the NBA Finals this season.