Even though the Los Angeles Lakers are the preferable team, Magic Johnson is certainly open to purchasing the Los Angeles Clippers, especially since the team could be up for sale in the very near future.
Johnson and the Guggenheim Partners made headlines when they bought the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012. It’s no secret that the train was never intended to stop there as the group is determined to own several more professional sports teams in Southern California. Bringing a NFL team to Los Angeles is certainly on their minds, but their next big move is acquiring a NBA team. The Buss family told Johnson that the Lakers are not for sale, which is certainly understandable. The good news for Johnson is that the Clippers appear to be a different story.
Owner Donald Sterling’s disturbing and offensive racist comments, which included Johnson and Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp in the context, have set off a firestorm that seems only willing to die down with the force of him selling the team. Even though the NBA is still in the middle of an investigation, it appears Sterling will have no choice but to surrender ownership.
When it comes down to it, it’s a win-win for the NBA. Not only do they get rid of the biggest embarrassment the league has ever seen, but they also have a smooth transition to a different owner.
If Johnson and his billionaire partners do go through with the acquisition, it will be one of the most remarkable occurrences in sports history. I can’t imagine another time in which the man that was essentially insulted by an owner turns around and purchases the team from the league.
Even though 99.9 percent of American sports fans would love nothing more than to see Sterling stripped of his franchise, the reality is the NBA has to find sufficient evidence to force the sale. To make matters worse V. Stiviano, Sterling’s girlfriend and the one who made the audio recording, will not cooperate with the NBA. The main reason being she’s in the middle of a lawsuit with the Sterling family, specifically Sterling’s wife, Rochelle. For that reason, her lawyer doesn’t want her to testify on behalf of the NBA because it could be used against her in the lawsuit. That means that the investigation could take longer than anticipated, or worse, the league won’t get the necessary evidence to take the Clippers away from Sterling.
Regardless, the possibility of Johnson being the one who purchases the Clippers from the NBA is an intriguing one.