The Atlanta Hawks are not alone. The Brooklyn Nets are

also seeking new ownership this season.

According to Bloomberg News, the Nets' current owner, Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, hired Evercore Partners to sell the team he bought in 2010. Prokhorov, who paid $220 million for an 80 percent stake in the Nets, will not be selling his 45 percent share of the Barclay's Center, the state of the art arena where the Nets call home.

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Because the Nets are in the No. 1 U.S. media market and play in a new arena, the sale might fetch more than the record $2 billion former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer paid for the Los Angeles Clippers. 

Forbes estimates the Nets were worth $780 million, fifth in the 30-team NBA. For comparison, the Clippers are 13th on the Forbes valuation list. Despite a 16-22 record this season, the Nets have the highest payroll in the league at about $91 million. 

Prokhorov, who ran against Vladimir Putin for president two years ago, has a net worth of $11.1 billion, down from a high of $12.5 billion in November, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

The Atlanta Hawks, whose ownership group put the team and operating rights to Philips Arena up for sale on Jan. 8, have a long list of potential buyers including Hank Aaron.