Benson is one of at least three potential owners for the hornets. The others are a group headed by Mike Dunleavy, the former NBA coach of the year and general manager. Former minority partner Gary Schouest is also believed to have put in a bid for the club.
Benson has emerged as a suitor, because he is viewed favorably by the NBA, and he would keep the hornets in New Orleans long term.
Local businessman John Georges denied that he will be a minority partner in the Benson group, but, Georges did say for the record: "I told Governor Jindal a year ago that Tom Benson was the best option to buy the hornets. He is committed to New Orleans and Louisiana."