As diehard Miami Heat fan, Khaled is prepared to take his relationship with the team to the next level, by owning a stake in the franchise. He doesn’t have the cash to buy the team outright – Khaled is reportedly worth around $18 million and current owner Micky Arison spent a reported $68 million to buy controlling interest of the team in 1995. But that won’t stop him from trying. The rapper/producer/Snapchat aficionado told TMZ over the weekend he’d be cool owning even a sliver of the team because that’s how deep his love (and his pockets) run.
“I would love to talk to the Heat [to see if they’d] let me be an owner – even if it’s one percent,” Khaled said. “Either way, I’m there representing courtside. And if I’m out of town, I’m representing. I bleed Miami. It’s Miami Heat for life. It’s Miami everything.”
There’s a lot more going on here than meets the eye, too. Hassan Whiteside, who led the NBA in blocks this season, happens to play a lot better when Khaled is in attendance, which probably isn’t a coincidence since they like to kick it in hot tubs together and geek out over Snapchat. With the Heat possibly losing him this offseason, Khaled might have the keys to convince Hassan to take a little less money to stay in Miami rather than bolting elsewhere.