NBA expected to approve Mat Ishbia as new owner of Suns prior to trade deadline


The NBA is expected to approve billionaire mortgage lender Mat Ishbia as the new owner of the Phoenix Suns franchise before the Feb. 9 trade deadline, sources inform The Republic.

ESPN first reported the news Wednesday.

The news is significant because the Suns haven’t made any trades so far this season. Interim team governor Sam Garvin, a minority owner, can’t make a major move without the approval of majority owner Robert Sarver.

Sarver is serving a suspension that prohibits involvement with the team but he still has a say on major financial decisions.

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The Suns have been trying to move Jae Crowder, who hasn’t played a game season as he and the Suns “mutually agreed” he wouldn’t attend training camp.