Glen Taylor files motion to have lawsuit over Timberwolves' sale dismissed

Glen Taylor, owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves passes a ball before the game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the San Antonio Spurs on November 15, 2017 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Hannah Foslien / Getty Images)

Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor late last week filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against him over the potential sale of the franchise to Alex Rodriguez and Marc Lore.

The lawsuit, filed in late May by Orbit Sports and owner Meyer Orbach, states Taylor is ignoring an agreement among partners to keep the Timberwolves in Minnesota after Rodriguez and Lore take over. Orbach states there is no written provision in the sale that mandates the team stay in Minnesota. Orbach attempted to exercise his tag-along rights, which would give him the opportunity to sell his stake in the team to Rodriguez and Lore immediately.

Taylor filed a motion to have the lawsuit dismissed, arguing he has not sold a majority share of the team to Rodriguez and Lore, and that the sale hasn’t yet been approved by the NBA. The sale could be approved as early as June 30. Taylor says Orbach can’t sell his shares of the organization until Rodriguez and Lore become majority owners.

That process will happen over multiple transactions over multiple years, and the NBA must approve each transaction. In a timetable of the sale, Rodriguez and Lore would have 20 percent stake in the team by the end of 2022, 40 percent by the end of 2023 and 60 percent by the end of 2024.

Orbach has about $300 million in stake in the Wolves, and is one of 11 ownership parties. If Orbach’s lawsuit is held up, those groups could have the option to liquidate their stake. That could impact Taylor’s selling of the team to Rodriguez and Lore.