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Lakers, Knicks lead Forbes NBA franchise valuations

Nick Young

Los Angeles Lakers’ Nick Young (0) celebrates after making a three-point basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, in New York. The Lakers won 121-107. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)


In 2011, the Knicks, according to Forbes, were the NBA’s most valuable team, worth $655 million.

That would rank last in the league today.

Thanks to a lockout moving 6% of revenue from players to owners, lucrative new national TV contracts and the NBA’s growing popularity, franchise values have skyrocketed.

The Knicks ($3.3 billion) and Lakers ($3 billion) lead the latest Forbes valuations. Even the last-place Pelicans are worth $750 million.

Here are the full rankings: