LeBron James has tweeted about purchasing the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream franchise and Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony has expressed interest in joining him. The tweets appeared to be part of a casual exchange between the two future Hall-of-Famers, but the Dream have been embroiled in ownership controversy for months. The current owner, Kelly Loeffler was a candidate in Georgia’s recent senate race. Dream players publicly campaigned against her during the race, which she has since lost.
From the above article by Randi Richardson of NBC news:
Over the summer as sports teams and leagues protested racial injustice, the WNBA announced the formation of a social justice council to initiate conversations and action on inequality, implicit bias and systemic racism, according to the league’s website. The next day, Loeffler sent a letter to Commissioner Cathy Engelbert opposing Black Lives Matter. The following day, WNBA Players Association President Nneka Ogwumike tweeted out a list of practical steps teams, the league and supporters could take. The first action item was to buy out Loeffler’s 49 percent share of the team, or the whole team, and buy “Vote Warnock” T-shirts.
James tweeted this on January 5th:
Think I’m gone put together an ownership group for the The Dream. Whose in? #BlackVotesMatter✊ pic.twitter.com/9wclgdED2w— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 6, 2021
Anthony responded on the 7th:
Let’s Talk Bro! https://t.co/vwRd4uVqbP— Carmelo Anthony (@carmeloanthony) January 7, 2021
In other Blazers-related NBA news, former Portland guard Nik Stauskas is signing with the G-League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors, per Marc Stein of the New York Times.
NBA vet Nik Stauskas is signing with the @nbagleague and will be allocated to his hometown @Raptors905, sources say, via what some league observers are calling "the Jeremy Lin rule"— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) January 7, 2021
Wrote about the new rule that ensured Lin can join the @GLeagueWarriors: https://t.co/dVNVne1i9c