NBA franchises ranked by purchase price as at September 2017 (in million U.S. dollars)

NBA franchises ranked by most recent purchase price as at September 2017 This statistic shows the latest purchase prices of NBA franchises as at September 2017. In 2017, the Houston Rockets were purchased for 2.2 billion U.S. dollars.
Value of National Basketball Association franchises

Typical sales prices range around 200-400 million U.S. dollars. The smallest price was paid in 1983, when Herbert Simon purchased the Indiana Pacers for 11 million U.S. dollars. In 2014, an NBA record-breaking sales price of 2 billion U.S. dollars for the Los Angeles Clippers was negotiated. According to cnn.com, Donald and Shelly Sterling, co-owners of the team, agreed to sell to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. As at June 17, 2014 the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers has not officially been completed and is still subject of legal proceedings. In 1981, Donald Sterling had purchased the team for 12 million U.S. dollars.

In comparison to the reported possible sales price of two billion U.S. dollars, the Los Angeles Clippers franchise was ascribed a franchise value of 575 million U.S. dollars by Forbes in January 2014. This valuation puts the Clippers right amongst the middle pack of the league in terms of franchise value. The most valuable teams according to Forbes are the New York Knicks, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bulls. All three teams have a franchise value of one billion U.S. dollars or more.
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Purchase price in million U.S. dollars
Houston Rockets (2017)2,200
Los Angeles Clippers (2014)2,000
Atlanta Hawks (2015)730
Washington Wizards (2010)551
Milwaukee Bucks (2014)550
Sacramento Kings (2013)534
Golden State Warriors (2010)450
Phoenix Suns (2004)404
Toronto Raptors (2012)400
Memphis Grizzlies (2012)377
Cleveland Cavaliers (2005)375
Brooklyn Nets (2010)365
Boston Celtics (2002)360
New Orleans Pelicans (2012)338
Detroit Pistons (2011)325
Oklahoma City Thunder (2006)325
New York Knicks (1997)300
Philadelphia 76ers (2011)287
Dallas Mavericks (2000)280
Los Angeles Lakers (1998)268
Denver Nuggets (2000)202
Charlotte Hornets (2010)175
Minnesota Timberwolves (1995)89
Orlando Magic (1991)85
San Antonio Spurs (1996)76
Portland Trail Blazers (1988)70
Miami Heat (1988)33
Utah Jazz (1986)24
Chicago Bulls (1985)16
Indiana Pacers (1983)11
Purchase price in million U.S. dollars
Houston Rockets (2017)2,200
Los Angeles Clippers (2014)2,000
Atlanta Hawks (2015)730
Washington Wizards (2010)551
Milwaukee Bucks (2014)550
Sacramento Kings (2013)534
Golden State Warriors (2010)450
Phoenix Suns (2004)404
Toronto Raptors (2012)400
Memphis Grizzlies (2012)377
Cleveland Cavaliers (2005)375
Brooklyn Nets (2010)365
Boston Celtics (2002)360
New Orleans Pelicans (2012)338
Detroit Pistons (2011)325
Oklahoma City Thunder (2006)325
New York Knicks (1997)300
Philadelphia 76ers (2011)287
Dallas Mavericks (2000)280
Los Angeles Lakers (1998)268
Denver Nuggets (2000)202
Charlotte Hornets (2010)175
Minnesota Timberwolves (1995)89
Orlando Magic (1991)85
San Antonio Spurs (1996)76
Portland Trail Blazers (1988)70
Miami Heat (1988)33
Utah Jazz (1986)24
Chicago Bulls (1985)16
Indiana Pacers (1983)11
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This statistic shows the latest purchase prices of NBA franchises as at September 2017. In 2017, the Houston Rockets were purchased for 2.2 billion U.S. dollars.
Value of National Basketball Association franchises

Typical sales prices range around 200-400 million U.S. dollars. The smallest price was paid in 1983, when Herbert Simon purchased the Indiana Pacers for 11 million U.S. dollars. In 2014, an NBA record-breaking sales price of 2 billion U.S. dollars for the Los Angeles Clippers was negotiated. According to cnn.com, Donald and Shelly Sterling, co-owners of the team, agreed to sell to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. As at June 17, 2014 the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers has not officially been completed and is still subject of legal proceedings. In 1981, Donald Sterling had purchased the team for 12 million U.S. dollars.

In comparison to the reported possible sales price of two billion U.S. dollars, the Los Angeles Clippers franchise was ascribed a franchise value of 575 million U.S. dollars by Forbes in January 2014. This valuation puts the Clippers right amongst the middle pack of the league in terms of franchise value. The most valuable teams according to Forbes are the New York Knicks, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bulls. All three teams have a franchise value of one billion U.S. dollars or more.
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September 2017
Region
Canada, United States
Survey time period
1985 to 2017
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