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The saying “fame is fleeting” now can be applied to Alex Rodriguez.
The former Yankees star and partner to Jennifer Lopez is closing in on a deal to buy the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves, but that team’s 19-year-old rookie star, Anthony Edwards, apparently doesn’t know the former player known as A-Rod.
“I don’t know who that is,” Edwards, the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, told reporters Tuesday. “I know he’s going to be the owner. But I don’t know anything about baseball.”
Rodriguez — who lost out to Steve Cohen in a bid to buy the Mets last year — and his close friend Marc Lore are finalizing a deal to become the new owners of the Timberwolves and the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx from current owner Glen Taylor, who announced details of the deal Saturday.
It would appear the two are already getting acquainted.
“Hi, Anthony, I’m Alex!” Rodriguez wrote on his Instagram story, with an accompanying video of Edwards’ press conference answer.
“What’s good, my guy,” Edwards responded with a cold sweat emoji.
If it’s any consolation to A-Rod, one Timberwolves star knows about him.
On Sunday night, Karl-Anthony Towns told an emotional story about his mom Jacqueline — who was honored by the team near Tuesday’s first anniversary of her death from COVID-19 — that centered around an A-Rod jersey from Walmart, long before Rodriguez and Lose, the former head of Walmart, made a bid on his basketball team.
Rodriguez and Lore have a 30-day window to get the deal done after signing a letter of intent with Taylor, according to reports. Rodriguez and Lore would be 50-50 partners, but would be limited partners until 2023 so Taylor, who has owned the Timberwolves for 27 years, can bow out.
The purchase price is expected to be in the $1.5 billion range, according to ESPN, which cited sources.
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