Monday, March 8th, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  13 responses

Michael Heisley Willing to Sell Grizzlies

As he told the Commercial Appeal, all Heisley needs is for the right offer to come along: “I’ll reiterate my position again. I’m 73 years of age. My family is not going to take over this basketball team. My point is very simple. If the right person makes a reasonable offer for the team I will sell it. If the minority (local) owners want to come up with a reasonable offer, I would love to sell it to them. I think they would make great owners. If it’s not to be, it’s not to be. Quite frankly, I don’t have to sell this team. I’m not in any financial difficulty. We have to be a model for what has to be done in the new era of pro basketball when teams are losing the kind of money they’re losing. Some people have got to be more fiscally responsible. We’ve lived within the rules. I’ve taken the heat. Everybody says I’m cheap. But I’ve shown that it does you no good to just go out and spend huge amounts of money.’ Would you sell the team to anyone who intended to move it? ‘Let me put a close on something. There is a contract that holds the Grizzlies into Memphis for 17 years. People should get off of this. I can’t move it tomorrow. It’s like talking about something that cannot be. All people have to do is read the contract. I’ve never said anything about moving. I’m not ready to be sued and go to jail. The NBA wouldn’t let it happen. What are we talking about? It’s not possible. If somebody calls up, we tell them (moving) is not possible. Tell the people to wait about 10 years, let attendance never get any better and then they better start worrying. Right now, there’s nothing to talk about.”

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  • Milan

    I stopped reading once I realised that the Seattle SuperSonic Grizzlies were a no go.

  • RedRum

    nah… it just needs a savvy business man to take over and Griz can move.

  • Buschfire

    Contracts can be changed. I forsee the Griz moving back to the west coast hopefully to Vancouver I wouldn’t even mind Seattle both those cities deserve a team!

  • Sam Z

    vancouver grizzlies should come back to town!!!

  • jedi420

    As a Vancouverite myself, I can’t stand this guy, if only someone from around here would step up and buy them back. Even someone in Seattle would be great because driving 6 hours to the Rose Garden is an inconvenience when I want my NBA fix!!

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Vancouver is an awesome city. Was disappointed when they moved. but I would much rather have the seattle sonics back..

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    @jed. im in Vancouver too. takes me 20 mins to get to rose garden.. lol Vancouver WA.. there were soo many international media peaple that came here to the wrong Vancouver for the olympics..

  • dw24

    KC? Please? I’d come every night to see OJ and Rudy.

  • tbizzle!

    bring back the sonics! skip that 17 yr contract, anybody with money and legal know how will dismantle that thing like lebron does paint traffic when he’s driving to the hole. bottom line, bring back the sonics!

  • c spence run

    I love all the west coasters uniting to hate on Heisley right here. As a Vancouverite, (Can) dude broke my heart when he moved them to memphis. Having seen lots of games in Both Seattle and Vancouver I know they are big basketball markts. I hope the league brings teams to the west, cause I know they can handle it. F*** YOU MICHAEL HEISLEY!!!!

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    I’ll buy the team and keep it in the Bluff City. Will $20 and a dime bag be enough for the Griz?

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  • The Philosopher

    I love Heisley’s matter of fact style. What can one say to a 73 year old multi – millionaire or billionaire? What can one say? Period.