The Associated Press – BURLINGTON, Vt.
(AP) After nearly two decades in Cleveland, Michael Jordan may finally be getting his wish to join a new franchise.
Jordan will take over as the franchise’s general manager when he leaves as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers.
But he said he’s also been working on a new plan to build a team and a basketball team in the Northeast.
Jordan said his team will be an all-inclusive basketball operation, and he wants to see the Cavaliers and NBA expand.
Jordan’s comments came at the NBA’s annual winter meetings in Chicago.
He also addressed the prospect of the NBA using a “basketball lottery” system that would allow the winner of a championship series to pick the next franchise owner, but the NBA has so far not done so.
Jordan, 71, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006 and was the first player to be inducted in consecutive years, becoming the first non-teammate player to win two NBA titles.
He was inductled in a ceremony in January in Cleveland.
Jordan spent the last 11 years in Los Angeles as owner of the Lakers.
He’s been the subject of multiple legal challenges in the state of California, including one in which a federal judge ruled in favor of the owners of the LA Lakers.
In 2016, the NBA changed its rules to make it easier for teams to move to Los Angeles.
The NBA has not used the new system.