By Cody Williams @TheSizzle20 on April 29, 2014
Donald Sterling is banned from the NBA for life and his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers will likely be gone in the very near future. The NBA Board of Governors will make the decision on whether or not they will force Sterling to sell the team, a decision most owners around the league seem in favor of. If that happens, who are five possible candidates to buy the organization?
Billy Crystal is arguably the most famous Clippers fan out there. Valued with a net worth of million, he obviously couldn’t afford the team himself. Given the right backers or him forming a group, though, Crystal could theoretically find a way to buy the team from Sterling.
Though Jimmy Goldstein is more of a fan of the NBA than any one team, David Stern once discussed the possibility of the “superfan” buying a team. While he said that he doesn’t have much interest now, it’s not something I would totally rule out as an option.
While Will Smith is a minority owner in the 76ers already, he could potentially be a buyer in this situation with a team that’s closer to Hollywood. If anything, it’d be entertaining to see Lob City go Big Willie Style. (I’ll show myself out.)
Chris Hansen was at the head of the group that attempted to buy the Sacramento Kings last season with the intention of moving the team to Seattle. You have to imagine that, with a franchise up for grabs, Hansen will look to be involved once again. He may have a much more difficult time moving a team like the Clips to the Pacific Northwest, though.
The clear-cut favorite to land the Clippers if they’re sold, though, is Magic Johnson. Backed by the Guggenheim Group that helped him buy the Dodgers, Johnson has the dollars and reportedly has interest. More than any of this, it would also be beautiful irony if the man who Sterling’s mistress took a picture with that sparked Sterling’s rant bought the team from him.
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