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NBA roundup: Nets might be for sale

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Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov reportedly is exploring a possible sale of a piece of the club, and a prospective buyer might be the group that owns the Los Angeles Dodgers.

According to and, Prokhorov met in Russia with Guggenheim Partners executive Todd Boehly, whose group purchased the Dodgers for $2 billion in 2012.

Prokhorov is seeking a “combination of assets” with Guggenheim, reported. The story said the Russian magnate would retain controlling interest in the Nets, and Nets minority owner Bruce Ratner would still control the team’s home arena, Barclays Center. The team and the arena are each valued at more than $1 billion.

—The NBA remains committed to keeping the Hawks in Atlanta through a change in majority ownership, but the city is pushing for a sale as quickly as possible.

Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed held a news conference on Friday to make it clear that NBA commissioner Adam Sterling supports Atlanta no matter who ends up owning a majority stake in the team. Reed said he has fielded numerous questions about a one-hour meeting with Sterling and NBA executives last Friday in New York.

“The NBA is absolutely committed to the city of Atlanta,” Reed said. “That really has been the threshold question given the way these events have unfolded.”

Bruce Levenson, who owns a 50.1 percent stage in the Hawks, announced that he’s selling his portion of the team.

—Five-on-five competition is returning to the NBA Draft Combine next year.

The league considered a proposal from its competition committee and decided to return to a format similar to the pre-draft camp that was discontinued in 2009, reported Friday.

For the past five years, players were put mostly through shooting and ball-handling skills drills, which prompted NBA teams to complain about a lack of scrimmage-type action to evaluate the talent.