The NBA announced Tuesday morning that the league’s Board of Governors officially approved both Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez as limited partners with both the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The NBA Board of Governors approved Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez as limited partners with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx in a vote today, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 20, 2021
As Woj would go on to report, this latest bit of news was the next likely domino to fall in the anticipated ownership succession plan that will see Glen Taylor hand over ownership of both teams (Wolves and Lynx) to Rodriguez and Lore over the next 2.5 years.
Lore and Rodriguez join Glen Taylor’s ownership group as part of an anticipated succession plan that includes a two and a half year pathway to control. https://t.co/T2CeFRird2— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 20, 2021
Again, while none of this is unexpected, it’s still newsworthy nonetheless because 1) we may FINALLY be inching closer to Glen Taylor handing over the keys to his two franchises and more importantly 2) it’s the middle of July and we literally have nothing to talk about when it comes to the Wolves and/or Lynx.
With A-Rod and Lore now officially “on board,” I’d expect to see both of them to become more involved in the upcoming months, whether that be internally with the operations of the franchise and/or with public statements to the media. Both guys have already been to town on multiple occasions to visit with members of the Wolves/Lynx organization and I would expect them to increase their public presence as summer transitions into fall.
With this latest hurdle now completed, I will be fascinated to see how slow (or fast!) these two men acclimate to their shiny new asset — will they influence decisions that are made to the roster? Will Gersson Rosas and his front office feel pressure to expedite things on more of a “win-now” basis (after all, we are more than two full years into this latest rebuild). Will Glen be open-minded to some of the sweeping changes Marc Lore plans to implement on the business side of things (and trust me, change is coming on that side of the organization).
While there are still many, many dominos yet to fall in this ownership transition process, Tuesday’s news does clear the way for both Alex Rodriguez and Marc Lore to finally (and publicly) announce their association with both the Wolves and Lynx. I look forward to what happens next.