NEW YORK — James Dolan is selling the New York Liberty and the owner of the New York Knicks and Rangers would listen if bidders wanted to make a run at his NBA and NHL franchises.
Dolan, 63, serves as chairman of Madison Square Garden and told ESPN of recent feelers from suitors for the Knicks’ franchise exceeded $5 billion. However, he said no one has come through with what he described as “a bona-fide offer.”
Should that certified offer arrive, Dolan said he owes it to shareholders to vet the opportunity.
“You have a responsibility as the guy who runs the place to deliver on that for them, that’s being open and transparent,” Dolan said. “And so in that position, I could never say that I wouldn’t consider selling the Knicks.”
Kelly Krauskopf was named assistant general manager of the Indiana Pacers.
She is the first female assistant general manager in NBA history. Krauskopf spent the past 19 seasons as the top executive of the WNBA’s Indiana Fever, which reached the playoffs 13 times during her tenure.
“As the architect of one of the WNBA’s most successful franchises, Kelly is a true pioneer in our sport,” Pacers owner Herb Simon said. “I’ve worked with Kelly over the past two decades, so I know her tremendous basketball mind, strong work ethic and proven leadership skills will continue to be of great benefit to our organization.”
Trevor Ariza is officially a member of the Washington Wizards after passing his team physical.
An ill-fated, three-way trade involving the Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns fell apart on Friday before the Wizards and Phoenix Suns engaged to pull off the deal involving Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers for Ariza. The 15-year veteran Ariza has 102 games of playoff experience and played for the Wizards from 2012-14. — Reuters