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Report: Hank Aaron Joins Group Interested In Purchasing Atlanta Hawks

Hall of Famer Hank Aaron waves to the crowd during the MLB All-Star baseball Home Run Derby, Monday, July 9, 2012, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Hall of Famer Hank Aaron waves to the crowd during the MLB All-Star baseball Home Run Derby, Monday, July 9, 2012, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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ESPN is reporting former Atlanta Braves star Hank Aaron has joined forces with a group of investors interested in buying the Atlanta Hawks.  The website cited “league sources.”

Aaron’s business adviser, Allen Tanenbaum, will only say quote “This is a private process and he’d like the private process to play out.”

Atlanta-based sports analyst Tim Darnell says having Hammering Hank would be a coup for any sports investment group.

“Anytime you bring in a name like Hank Aaron to the table, you automatically raise the attention level and you really raise the stakes of the game.”

Darnell says that’s because Aaron, who hit 755 homeruns in baseball, also hit many homeruns in his business career, with successful restaurants and auto dealerships.

“He was the man rolling up his sleeves up, he was the man getting his hands dirty really building his fortune. 

There’s no comment from the Hawks or Braves on this matter.

Aaron and his partners aren’t the only ones hoping to get the Hawks.

NBA-dot-com reports former NBA players Grant Hill and Junior Bridgeman have formed a group that will also bid on the team.