Timberwolves are 2nd least valuable NBA franchise

In its annual list of the value of each NBA franchise, Forbes values the Timberwolves at $625 million.

Though that's a huge number compared to what owner Glen Taylor paid for the team more than two decades ago, the Timberwolves currently have the second lowest value of any NBA team, only ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks ($600 million).

Last year, Forbes estimated the Wolves' value at $430 million, which clocked in at 26th in the league. That means the Wolves increased in value by more than $200 in a year -- in other words, it's a good time to be an NBA team owner.

On the other end of the spectrum, the most valuable NBA franchises, according to Forbes, are the Los Angeles Lakers ($2.6 billion), New York Knicks ($2.5 billion), Chicago Bulls ($2 billion), Boston Celtics ($1.7 billion), and Los Angeles Clippers ($1.6 billion). (View the full list here.)

Last summer, Grantland's Zach Lowe reported that the Timberwolves lost $6 million last season, making them one of only six teams to lose money during the 2013-14 campaign.

It's a good bet the franchise will end up in the red again this year, as halfway through the season the Wolves have the lowest average attendance of any team (13,870). At 7-35, they also have the worst record in the league -- is it baseball season yet?


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