Is LeBron James About to Buy the Atlanta Dream from Kelly Loeffler?

by Josh Lanier

LeBron James recently tweeted he would be interested in buying the WNBA team co-owned by soon-to-be former U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler. And at least one other NBA star seems interested in the deal.

The four-time NBA champion tweeted he was interested in creating an ownership group to purchase the Atlanta Dream. Loeffler has co-owned the team with Mary Brock since 2011, although it has been a tumultuous relationship between the Republican senator, the league, and its players.

James’ tweet also got thousands of replies. Many wealthy celebrities replied they would like to join James’ efforts. Though it’s unclear how serious James is about purchasing the team.

Former NBA player turned social media star Rex Chapman replied that he was in. Former University of Georgia star and NFL safety Champ Bailey said he was interested. And NBA all-star Carmelo Anthony replied to James “let’s talk bro!”

Loeffler hasn’t discussed selling her stake in the team. Although the WNBA could compel her to do so, the league said in July it wasn’t planning on it.

Sen. Kelly Loeffler At Odds with Players, League

Kelly Loeffer ran afoul of the league and its players earlier this year when she objected to the WNBA’s association with Black Lives Matter shortly after the police killing of George Floyd. Loeffler wrote to WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert about the decision.

“The statement, ‘Black lives matter,’ is very different than the organization Black Lives Matter,” Loeffler said then, according to ESPN. “I think we all agree the life of every African American is important. There’s no room for racism in this country, and we have to root it out where it exists. But there’s a political organization called Black Lives Matter that I think is very important to make the distinction between their aim and where we are as a country at this moment.

“The Black Lives Matter political organization advocates things like defunding and abolishing the police, abolishing our military, emptying our prisons, destroying the nuclear family. It promotes violence and antisemitism. To me, this is not what our league stands for.”

In protest, players were T-shirts that said “Vote Warnock.” Raphael Warnock was her opponent for the U.S. Senate seat. Conversely, the Georgia pastor beat Loeffler for the seat by about 50,000 votes Tuesday night in a runoff election.