An end may be in sight for the Los Angeles Clippers' days of taking up residence in Staples Center.

The Lakers played their home games at The Forum in Inglewood before heading over to Staples in 1999, while the Clippers also departed from Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.

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. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer purchased the team in 2014 and for the previous year has been searching for a site to build the team its own arena.

The Exclusive Negotiating Agreement for 22 acres of land between Prairie and Yukon Avenue south of Century Boulevard would be subject to approval by the Inglewood City Council, according to the LA Daily News.

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The team is in final negotiations now and an announcement is expected Thursday.

According to LA Times' Brad Turner, the Clippers' passionate owner will be financing the stadium completely with his own coins. Ballmer became agitated with the arrangement fairly early in his ownership, sources said.

What he needs, and what he's wanted, is a new arena that is all Clippers. The front of the arena is littered with statues honoring great Lakers and Kings players from Magic Johnson to Wayne Gretzky.


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