It is no secret that the Atlanta Dream roster and team co-owner Kelly Loeffler have been at odds for months. The former Senator angered many of the team's stars by openly supporting President Donald Trump and spouting QAnon conspiracy theories. In response, members of the team and other stars across the WNBA publicly supported Loeffler's latest political opponent, Raphael Warnock, during a recent runoff election. Following Warnock's victory over the Dream co-owner, it appears that the two sides will be finalizing their messy divorce very soon.
ESPN has reported that five bidders are interested in acquiring the team from Loeffler and her business associates, Mary and John Brock. After the sale is complete, Loeffler will likely have no further association with the team.
"As it relates to the Atlanta Dream, we understand a sale of the franchise is close to being finalized," the WNBA stated.
"Once the sale negotiation is concluded, additional information will be provided."
At this time, it is unclear who the five bidders are, but it is possible that LeBron James may be involved. The four-time NBA Champion has publicly expressed interested in acquiring a WNBA team in the years to come.
"Think I’m gone put together an ownership group for The Dream. Who's in?" he tweeted.
"Let's talk bro!" former NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony answered.
While the idea of James and Anthony owning the team would make for a splashy news story, it is unclear if their potential ownership as active players would violate NBA guidelines. The NBA owns a portion of the WNBA property. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has not publicly chimed in on this potentially groundbreaking business deal. Either way, it appears that a new ownership group will be announced before the start of the 2021 WNBA season.