With the 2014-2015 regular season on the horizon, much of the discussion surrounding the Atlanta Hawks has shifted toward the on-court product. However, there is still a great deal of mystery and intrigue with regard to the upcoming ownership transfer, and Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that former Hawks great Dikembe Mutombo has engaged in discussions to join a potential ownership bid.
Here is a brief summary of the group that features Mutombo, per the report from Vivlamore:
The group, which is made up in part of Atlanta businessmen, has begun the preliminary work to get involved in the process. Talks are ongoing. The group may also consist of other former NBA players. They hope to meet with the NBA commissioner’s office in the near future.
There have been several rumblings of interest from people tied to the NBA, including both Chris Webber and current Hawks exec Dominique Wilkins, but to this point, there is little in the way of concrete detail to any potential bid. Bruce Levenson's controlling interest is set to be on the market, but at the same time, the timeline is also quite shaky at this stage, leaving the organization in a bit of turmoil, especially with Danny Ferry also in the midst of an indefinite leave of absence.
The Hawks will continue preseason play with games against the Charlotte Hornets and San Antonio Spurs, before opening the 2014-2015 regular season against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, October 29.