Billionaire Mat Ishbia to buy NBA’s Phoenix Suns for $4 billion – reports

by Jacob Fuller

 

Billionaire Mat Ishbia will buy the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Phoenix Suns and women’s team the Phoenix Mercury for $4 billion, ESPN reported on Tuesday.

The deal would set a record in the league after Joe Tsai bought the remaining stake in the Brooklyn Nets in 2019 in a deal that valued the team at $2.35 billion.

The Suns did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Owner Robert Sarver announced plans to sell the team in September after the NBA handed him a one-year suspension following an investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct.

Recent reports have alleged that the misconduct spread beyond Sarver, and was allowed by other executives in the organization.

American Ishbia is the president and CEO of United Wholesale Mortgage in Michigan.

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