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Justin Timberlake: Singer, actor joins bid to buy Grizzles, according to AP source
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Award-winning singer and actor Justin Timberlake has agreed to be part of the ownership group assembled by billionaire Robert Pera in his attempt to buy the Memphis Grizzlies, said a person familiar with the situation.
The person said Friday that Pera “has assembled a strong ownership group that includes Justin Timberlake, other community leaders from Memphis, and highly strategic national partners.” The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the NBA has yet to approve the final purchase of the team.
Pera is a former Apple engineer who left in 2005 to start Ubiquiti Networks, a San Jose, Calif.-based communications technology company that makes WiFi networking equipment. He became a billionaire in October 2011 when his company went public with a fortune estimated at $1.5 billion in March.
Timberlake, 31, grew up near Millington, a suburb of Memphis. In the past few years, he helped renovate a golf course northeast of Memphis.
The Grizzlies franchise has been in Memphis for 11 years, since moving from Vancouver. Fans have shown concern over whether a new owner would move the team away from Memphis, where interest in the franchise has grown after two consecutive playoff appearances.
But, in an e-mail, the person told the AP that Pera “is committed to ‘doing right by Memphis’ and this group reflects that commitment.”
Timberlake, who was part of the boy-band ‘N Sync before embarking on a solo music career, has won six Grammys.
A four-time Emmy winner, Timberlake has acted in several films — including “Alpha Dog,” ”The Social Network,” and “Friends With Benefits.” He also has made memorable performances on “Saturday Night Live.”
One thing is certain: If the Pera ownership bid is approved, Timberlake will add more star power to the team than any Grizzlies player, coach or owner ever has.
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