1. Experience as owners
It has been 15 years since the Wilf family and associates took over ownership of the Minnesota Vikings from Red McCombs. At the time, it looked like a great investment for the former real estate moguls to pick up an NFL team for a reported cost of $600 million.
Since one of the provisions of the sale of the Timberwolves will be that the team must stay in Minnesota, finding a prospective owner who the team, the fans, and former owner Glen Taylor would feel comfortable with taking over the franchise’s legacy could be difficult.
Other groups, including ones with former players, will likely lack this kind of experience, That means assuming control of the franchise as well as transitioning ownership and restructuring could take longer than expected.
If the Minnesota Timberwolves want to have as seamless of a transition when it comes to the top of their organization, they will choose a team that has done this before and has a successful track record.