The Houston Astros and former Major League Baseball team owner Dan Gilbert have been linked in recent weeks as potential buyers for a new stadium in Houston.
The new owners have been busy selling properties on the Houston market.
The Houston Chronicle has learned that Gilbert, a billionaire who bought a majority stake in the team in the 1990s, is considering buying out Houston’s two remaining MLB teams.
Gilbert, who also owns the Houston Astros, purchased the Astros for $400 million in 2016.
The Astros and other sports teams that used to be in Houston are now in Los Angeles, Dallas, Tampa and San Antonio.
The team, known as the Astros, is owned by the University of Houston.
Gilbert has reportedly made a $2.5 billion offer to buy the Astros.
Gilbert and the Astros also are in talks with the team owner of the New York Mets.
Gilbert also owns a majority interest in the Houston Rockets, which are owned by a group of investors led by billionaire Donald Sterling.
The Associated Press reported last week that the two teams have reached an agreement to purchase the New Orleans Pelicans and move them to New Orleans.
The NFL has yet to announce a stadium deal with Gilbert’s new ownership group.
Gilbert’s offer of $2,000 to purchase a team is similar to what former NBA owner Herb Kohl offered to buy Seattle and move the team to Seattle.
Gilbert did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
The NBA has a history of buying struggling teams to help pay for stadium construction.
The league also has a long history of trying to acquire teams for stadiums it can use as training grounds.
The Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks, two of the last two NBA champions, have both been in Arizona for the past four seasons, as has the Charlotte Hornets, who play in Las Vegas.