Larry Fitzgerald is already an Arizona sports legend, and he will look to bring some success to another franchise.
Fitzgerald tweeted his excitement about the move:
Larry Fitzgerald @LarryFitzgerald
It's an honor to have the opportunity to invest in the @Suns, a historic franchise with a very bright future. I'm blessed to call the PHX community and the state of Arizona my home and I'm excited to make a long-term commitment as an owner, but more importantly as a fan! #Suns https://t.co/2OjmE830mQ
This has apparently been in the works for some time for Fitzgerald, who has been a season-ticket holder for the team since 2005.
Schefter and Wojnarowski noted the 36-year-old enjoys "a strong relationship with Suns managing partner Robert Sarver" and even sat in on interviews for front-office candidates in the past. While he will not be particularly active with the Suns until he retires from the NFL, he will be "more than ceremonial" in his role.
The Minnesota native has been a Cardinal since the team selected him with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2004 NFL draft. The Pitt product is an 11-time Pro Bowler and was named the 2016 Walter Payton Man of the Year.
Phoenix hasn't been to the NBA playoffs since the 2009-10 campaign, although there are some promising young players in place with Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and Kelly Oubre Jr.