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Anson Carter Implies Atlanta Thrashers Had Legit Local Offer At One Point

Former NHL player Anson Carter was long reported to be interested in taking part in a group that would purchase the Atlanta Thrashers from the Atlanta Spirit Group and keep the team in town. His name kept popping up throughout the last days of the mysterious last remaining local group, but obviously nothing came of it.

Based on this tweet, it looks like he's saying his group had an agreement to buy the Thrashers and Atlanta Hawks (but what about Philips Arena's financials?) at some point:

@sreichO2K We had a commitment for 350M, do you know anyone looking to sell...who's primary goal is to make a deal without changing markets?less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

The person he's talking to here is Stephen Reich, described on his profile as a sports agent, who replied with, "I was hoping that place was Atlanta but I guess I was naïve."

What can we make of this? Certainly depends on what Carter meant by "commitment" and whether the group he was a part of could actually have backed up whatever arrangement may have been in place.

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