ESPN is reporting that the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers want to move out of the Staples Center, where they currently share their home court with the L.A. Lakers along with the L.A. Kings of the NHL. The Clippers are reportedly tired of being the “third tenant” of the facility.
“Clippers owner Steve Ballmer has begun to explore potential sites for a new Clippers arena, multiple NBA sources said,” ESPN reports. “The Clippers would neither confirm nor deny they are actively searching for a location, but one NBA source said that an area that piques the franchise’s interest is Los Angeles’ west side.”
The report adds: “The Clippers have been co-tenants of Staples Center, owned and operated by Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), with the Los Angeles Lakers and the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings since the facility opened in downtown Los Angeles prior to the 1999-2000 NBA season. In January 2013, the Clippers agreed to a 10-year extension of their lease that would keep the team at Staples Center until June 2024. Sources say any move by the Clippers would come after they fulfill the term of the current lease.”