Report: Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera inquired last summer about moving franchise




 

Grizzlies owner Robert Pera has been, at different times, both overbearing and distant in Memphis.

What's clear: Pera owns the Memphis Grizzlies.

But for how much longer?

Ronald Tillery, who previously covered the Grizzlies for The Commercial Appeal:


It's not totally clear whether this means moving as in selling or relocating - or both.

Tillery has outspokenly criticized Pera. That doesn't mean Tillery can't report accurately on Pera. It's just worth considering. This report will reflect poorly on Pera in Memphis.

Previous exploration of selling the team becomes particularly relevant now, as the NBA loses significant revenue due to its coronavirus-forced stoppage. Some owners could see this crisis as a time to get out while they're so far ahead - especially those who need cash. (That's less likely to apply to Pera, whose business is wireless communications.)

Memphis is one of the NBA's smallest markets. So, there has been plenty of speculation about the Grizzlies moving to Seattle or elsewhere. But their arena lease creates complications. That said, leases can be broken - especially with nearly a year of negotiation.

Report: Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera inquired last summer about moving franchise originally appeared on NBCSports.com

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