NBA's Nets confirm entertaining sale offers, say 'nothing imminent'

Jan 5, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Jarrett Jack (0) is fouled by Dallas Mavericks power forward Greg Smith (4) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. The Mavericks defeated the Nets 96-88 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - The Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday confirmed a report that it was entertaining offers for the sale of the NBA club, saying it was "always open" to overtures, but added no deal was imminent. A Bloomberg report, citing two sources, said Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov has retained Evercore Partners to sell the National Basketball Association team he bought in 2010 for $223 million. "As we have said for many months, ownership is always open to listening to offers – that’s just good business," Prokhorov spokeswoman Ellen Pinchuk said in an email to Reuters. "There is nothing imminent in terms of a sale of any stake in the team." Prokhorov, 49, the first foreign owner of an NBA team, holds 80 percent of the club and 45 percent of Barclays Center, its 2-1/2-year-old arena. The Nets lost a reported $144 million last season. (Reporting by Steve Ginsburg in Washington; Editing by Eric Beech)