The owners of the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are among the NBA players and coaches who are expected to make the jump from franchise management to the league office this season.
Both teams are among two teams whose ownership groups have already declared bankruptcy and whose basketball teams have been sold.
But according to sources familiar with the situation, the Warriors and Cavaliers are also among the three franchises that have been looking for a new ownership group that would keep their NBA teams together.
Sources say one of the reasons the Warriors, Cavaliers and the league are in such dire straits is that the NBA, which has had more than $8 billion in losses since 2011, has not done enough to help them recover.
The league is currently in talks with four potential new owners, with the most likely candidate being the Los Angeles Clippers.
But sources say the league is also looking at the possibility of buying the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat as well as the New Orleans Pelicans.
Sources also said the league could be considering an ownership group from outside the NBA that includes the Los Angles Clippers, Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets and Dallas Mavericks.
The ownership group could have the ability to control the league’s television and digital rights and could also negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement with teams and players.
While many of the owners are trying to avoid a bankruptcy, sources said the Warriors are preparing to take the next step to become an NBA team.
The Warriors have been in the process of purchasing a team, which would become the Warriors.
The NBA would pay them approximately $6.6 billion.
The franchise would be owned by the Warriors’ billionaire owner, Joe Lacob, but the owners would own the team’s arena and other assets.
The team would also have to pay taxes and lease the team facilities.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, which are owned by former NBA owners Dan Gilbert and Dan Gilbert’s brother Richard, have a $3 billion bid for the Warriors franchise.
Gilbert, who also owns the Arizona Coyotes, has already announced plans to buy the Cavaliers, but he has not made a final decision on whether to purchase the team.
While both the Warriors (owner) and Cavaliers (owner), have been active in seeking a new owners group, they have been reluctant to get in front of the league.
Sources told ESPN that the Warriors have not made any moves to buy out the team owners, even as they have invested $1.5 billion in the franchise and made a $500 million loan to the team in 2016.
Sources said the owners of both teams, the Cavaliers and Warriors, have not been in touch with league officials and the NBA has not been willing to support the owners financially in the current state of affairs.
Sources tell ESPN that while the Warriors could buy the team, they are concerned about the financial situation of the team and the lack of financial support the league has provided to the owners.
Sources further told ESPN it would be better for the league if the owners sell their team.
Sources familiar with conversations with the NBA said the NBA and owners would like to have an agreement in place to keep the two teams together but that it has not happened.
According to sources, the NBA is aware of the financial issues in the Warriors case but has not yet made any major moves to support either the Warriors or Cavaliers.
The NBA would like the owners to sell their franchise as soon as possible, according to the sources, but has so far not made an offer.
In the meantime, sources say there are no plans for a sell-off of the franchise.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.