Basketball Hall of Famer Earvin ‘Magic‘ Johnson has reportedly joined a group led by Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils co-owner Josh Harris to purchase the Washington Commanders, multiple sources with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed to Sportico on Monday (March 20).

Johnson was formerly part of Harris’ failed bid to purchase the NFL’s Denver Broncos — who were ultimately sold to the Walton family — in 2022. The five-time NBA champion is reported to be included in order to bring both his money and expertise to the Commanders bid, according to the sources, who spoke to Sportico on the condition of anonymity.

Negotiations on a sale of the Washington franchise reportedly progressed last week and a sale could potentially be reached ahead of the NFL Owners’ Meeting, which is scheduled to take place in Arizona next week.