WATCH | The NBA season is back in full swing, and while it's always fun to see A-listers enjoying the action courtside, we want more of them to become part-owners.
From J.T. to Jay-Z
Justin Timberlake's ownership group bought almost 3 percent of the Memphis Grizzlies as of 2012; Will and Jada Pinkett Smith bought a piece of the Philadelphia 76ers in 2011; and Forbes estimates Usher owned about a 1 percent stake of the world-champion Cleveland Cavaliers when he invested back in 2005. It's a prestige move, rather than a pure investment: Celebs typically don't make money off it until they sell their shares -- as Jay-Z did in April 2013, when he sold his 0.16 percent stake of the Brooklyn Nets.
WATCH | We know why stars literally buy into it. It's more than for the front-row seats at home games. it's a chance to rub elbows with pro athletes. It's another way to get on TV, as well as get a round of applause from home fans. And it's about a million times more interesting than investing real estate.
So who are the next celebrities to stake a claim in the NBA? We've got a few predictions.
WATCH | A Toronto Raptors "team ambassador," Drake has been known to taunt opposing players courtside, but owns no team stake. Forbes values his net worth at $60 million, and the Raptors at $980 million, meaning he may have to invest one-sixth of his assets (some $10 million) to own 1 percent of the club.
WATCH | Two others may be flying under the radar: Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova have been Miami Heat season ticket holders, so maybe they'll buy part of the team, which Forbes values at $1.3 billion. A 1-percent stake at that price would require the couple to fork over $13 million.
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