Charlotte Hornets

Michael Jordan reportedly part of group trying to buy the Miami Marlins

Michael Jordan reportedly part of group trying to buy the Miami Marlins

Michael Jordan may be on the verge of being a dual owner.

The GOAT and Bulls legend already owns the Charlotte Hornets and is reportedly part of the group — led by Derek Jeter — that is on the verge of buying the Miami Marlins from Jeffrey Loria.

Jordan won't be contributing much money, the NY Post writes, but is apparently among the 15 investors as the leading contender to buy Giancarlo Stanton and the Marlins.

The deal is reportedly coming in in the neighborhood of $1.2 billion, which is a little below the $1.3 billion asking price of Loria. 

Jordan has been the owner of the Charlotte basketball franchise since June 2006 and currently serves as the principal owner and chairman. The Hornets went 36-46 last season and have had only three winning seasons since Jordan became involved.

Report: Former Bulls guard Michael Carter-Williams finds new home

Report: Former Bulls guard Michael Carter-Williams finds new home

Michael Carter-Williams has found a new home, and he's staying in the Eastern Conference.

After not being extended a qualifying offer from the Bulls, the 25-year-old point guard has reportedly agreed to a one-year, $2.7 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

Carter-Williams appeared in 45 games (starting in 19 of them) with Chicago, and averaged 6.6 points per game, 3.4 rebounds per game and 2.5 assists per game while shooting .366 from the field. All of those numbers were career-lows for him, so a change of scenery and larger role could help get his career back on track.

He was acquired by the Bulls in October 2016 in a deal that sent Tony Snell to the Milwaukee Bucks.

 

Cavaliers: LeBron James had never been swept by a division opponent, until this year's Bulls

Cavaliers: LeBron James had never been swept by a division opponent, until this year's Bulls

LeBron James wins a lot. This should come as no surprise, as the three-time NBA champion and four-time MVP has put together a Hall of Fame career by age 32 and doesn't seem to be slowing down.

His dominance over the Eastern Conference also speaks for itself, as James has been to an NBA-record-tying six straight NBA Finals. Widdling his success down even further, James has commanded the Central Division in his 10 seasons with the Cavaliers, and the Southeast Division in his four seasons with the Heat.

Since the NBA created in 2004 the current divisions, James has won division titles in nine of those 13 seasons; James' Cavaliers won the Central five times and his Heat won the Southeast each of the four seasons he played there. James hasn't not won a division title since 2008, a span of nine years

His divisions have featured some pretty awful teams, such as the 2012 Bobcats that went 7-59 in a lockout-shortened season. His divisions also featured the likes of the Pistons' East dominance in the mid-2000s.

In the current division format, James has played 52 regular-season series against the Central and Southeast, respectively.

In 51 of those series James earned at least one victory in the four-game* season series.

Meet the 2016-17 Bulls.

With Thursday night's 99-93 victory over the Cavaliers, LeBron James was swept by a division opponent for the first time in his 14-year Hall of Fame career.

Dec. 2: Bulls 111, Cavaliers 105
Jan. 4: Bulls 106, Cavaliers 94
Feb. 25: Bulls 117, Cavaliers 99
Mar. 30: Bulls 99, Cavaliers 93

In 10 seasons with the Cavaliers and four with the Heat, James' teams hold a 135-70 division record. That includes games against the Central's Bulls, Bucks, Pistons and Pacers, and the the Southeast's Hornets/Bobcats, Wizards, Magic and Hawks.

Of those 51 series (the Cavs still play the Pacers once more this season), here's how James has fared.

4-0: 12 times
3-1: 17 times
2-2: 11 times
1-3: 8 times
0-4: 1 time

3-0: 1 time (lockout-shortened season)
1-2: 1 time (lockout-shortened season)

And against each opponent:

Charlotte: 15-0
Orlando: 12-4
Atlanta: 12-4
Milwaukee: 26-10
Indiana: 24-11
Washington: 10-5
Chicago: 18-18
Detroit: 18-18

In what has been an incredibly odd year for the Bulls, full of unthinkable losses and improbable victories, the fact that they were the ones to sweep James for the first time is perhaps the most remarkable stat of all.

Go figure.