Clippers nearing plans build arena near Inglewood

Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times followed that news up by reporting that the Clippers plan to announce the deal Thursday.

The Clippers moved into Staples Center in 1999 and have been sharing it with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League since.

February reports surfaced in which representatives of Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer spoke with Rams owner Stan Kroenke about a potential pairing of the two professional sport franchises embedded in Inglewood, Calif.

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Clippers want a new arena of their own and have focused in on Inglewood, California, as their future home.

Last July, ESPN.com's Kevin Arnovitz reported the Clippers receive "a smaller share of proceeds from suites and club seats than the Lakers and Kings, according to sources, and a lesser say in scheduling and the overall fan experience at the arena". Ballmer okayed putting up pictures of the Clippers in front of the Lakers' championship banners and retired jerseys, but that's just a band-aid.

However, this move may not come any time soon, because as Bonsignore notes, "the Clippers are locked into a lease at Staples Center that runs through 2024". It is now one of the premier concert destinations in Los Angeles.

  • Zachary Reyes