LeBron James, Kevin Love and Draymond Green join the group to buy a pickleball team

NBA stars LeBron James, Kevin Love and Draymond Green have joined a syndicate to buy a pickleball team. The move coincides with the expansion of Major League Pickleball from 12 to 16 teams.

James, Love and Green – who boast nine championships combined – are part of a group that includes James’ longtime business partner Maverick Carter, as well as SpringHill Company CEO Paul Rivera and Relevent Sports Group CEO Daniel Sillman.

SpringHill is James’ entertainment production company. Relevent is a New York City-based sports promoter.

MLP founder Steve Kuhn called the deal a “watershed moment” for the sport. The financial details of the deal and the name of the team acquiring the consortium have not been disclosed.

“This investment and the platform this group provides will significantly assist us in our goal of reaching 40 million pickleball players by 2030,” Kuhn said in a statement Wednesday.

The NBA trio’s investment was preceded by former NFL player and Super Bowl champion Drew Brees, Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuck.

Last year, James and Carter became partners in Fenway Sports Group, which owns the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club.

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