Michael Jordan, Charlotte: Has millions but is "looking to save money and lower salaries. M.J. is getting cheap," a league executive said.
Herb Kohl, Milwaukee: Kohl "believes that the current CBA agreement is broken," a league official said.
Lawrence Tanenbaum, Toronto: Lost Chris Bosh to Miami, and his young team vanished; supports revenue sharing, tighter spending.
Donald Sterling, Clippers: His teams lose on the court, not on the accounting ledger. Has plenty of money to wait it out.
Jerry Buss, Lakers: Any time away from the court is lost money for a successful owner who has little revenue stream outside of basketball.
Mark Cuban, Dallas: Wants to play basketball immediately, especially with the Mavericks defending their first NBA title. One caveat: might want shorter player contracts; he's on the hook with Brendan Haywood for five years and $45 million.
James Dolan, New York: Dolan is "financially motivated to play," said one league executive, because his stars, Anthony and Stoudemire, will fill seats. He also has a lucrative local TV deal.
Micky Arison, Miami; Poster boy for how to manipulate the old system; put together James, Bosh and Dwyane Wade.
Wyc Grousbeck, Boston: He "has a new television deal that is a financial windfall for the Celtics. Wants to play," a basketball official said.
Mikhail Prokhorov, New Jersey: Is similar to Grousbeck; has "new TV deal, (plus) new arena (coming) in Brooklyn," basketball official adds.
Rich DeVos, Orlando. Has a cushy arena deal and Dwight Howard at his peak.
Les Alexander, Houston: Is often willing to spend, but not quite with the big boys. Alexander paid $34 million the last two seasons as Yao Ming played only five games while battling foot injuries. Shorter player contracts might be on Alexander's mind.
ON THE FENCE
Joshua Harris, Philadelphia: His purchase of the 76ers approved last week. Not expected to be a prominent voice.
Peter Guber and Joe Lacob, Golden State: Still new to NBA ownership but seem willing to spend when a new collective-bargaining agreement is reached, having already secured Jerry West as an advisor.
Tom Gores, Detroit: Another new owner likely to side with the hawks.
Jerry Reinsdorf, Chicago: A Stern ally "on the side of the owners who say the CBA needs to be fixed," a basketball official said. But the Bulls are in a big market with returning most valuable player Derrick Rose, so money is flying away during a lockout.
Herbert Simon, Indiana: Simon has a "small-market team that wants revenue sharing," a basketball executive said.
Alex Meruelo, Atlanta: Southland pizza magnate is awaiting approval of his purchase of the team from an Atlanta group; was surely aware of what Stern wants.
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