It’s been a shade over two years since the almighty Prince shimmied off the mortal coil, having evolved to a point where he was simply far too sexy to be contained within his humanly bones. But the favourite son of Minneapolis still lives large in the hearts of its residents, and soon he will achieve arguably the highest Minnesotan honour of all: Being immortalised by the city’s sports teams.

The Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA are reportedly on the verge of revealing a Prince-inspired alternative jersey that is, not to put too fine a point on it, hot fucking fire.

Leaked imagery of the NBA’s new class of “city edition” uniforms is slowly hitting the internet; jerseys that directly reference the heart of the towns each team represents. And as far as the T-Wolves go, theirs could wind up being the pick of the bunch.

Shots of the Timberwolves’ city jerseys leaked earlier this morning, showing a distinctive Prince-like flair, with a decidedly purple motif and even the unmistakeable Purple Rain font dominating.

No two ways about it. Those are absolute corkers. From the light gradient across the front print and number, right through to the MPLS nod on the shorts. Purple Wolves. Absolutely into it.

These aren’t quite confirmed just yet, it should be said; neither the NBA nor Nike have commented on the kits one way or the other.

But in the grand scheme of NBA alternative strips, none will be sexier than these.

None at all.

Image: Getty Images / Michael Ochs Archives