Warriors team to be sold

Golden State Warriors first round draft pick Ekpe Udoh, center, of Baylor, watches cheerleaders from the Oakland Police Athletics League, during a basketball news conference at Warriors headquarters in Oakland, Calif, Friday, June 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

July 15, 2010 10:51:06 AM PDT
Relief may be imminent for long-suffering Warrior fans. There are various reports indicating the team is about to be sold, presumably to Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison, bringing an end to the wretched Chris Cohan era.

Cohan put the Warriors up for sale this Spring, hoping to get bids in the neighborhood of $400 million. He bought the team 15 years ago for $119 million, which is a pretty nice return on investment for a franchise that has only made the playoffs once under the Cohan regime.

Ellison reportedly joined forces with current minority owners, who control 20 percent of the team. As one of the richest men in the world, Ellison was considered the front-runner all along, with 24-Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov believed to be the other finalist in the bidding.

However, whoever owns the team won't have top draft pick Ekpe Udoh for four to six months. The forward from Baylor will have wrist surgery on Wednesday.

There is some mystery about how that wrist got hurt. The Warriors said it occurred during a team workout, but there is suspicion Udoh actually injured it working out on his own.

At least he wasn't on Monta's moped.

And then there's Brandan Wright who will sit out the rest of the summer league after tweaking his surgically-repaired left shoulder.

Wright is heading into his third season, but the Warriors have no idea if the guy can play because he is always hurt.

For Wright, it is going to be all about being healthy.