NBA News: Magic Johnson, Guggenheim Partners Want To Buy The Clippers
The plot continues to thicken in the all the drama and aftermath of the Donald Sterling scandal. Along with President Obama, NBA commissioner Adam Silver, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant putting their two cents in on the issue, Magic Johnson has taken his own stance on the matter.
Not only has Magic voiced his opinion, but the Hall of Famer appears to be making an aggressive move that could surprise a lot of Los Angeles Lakers fans.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Magic and his Guggenheim partners want to buy the Los Angeles Clippers:
Magic Johnson and his billionaire backers, the Guggenheim Partners, want a chance to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources told Yahoo Sports. “Magic’s absolutely interested,” one source closely connected to Johnson’s business interests told Yahoo Sports on Sunday night.
At this point in time, Sterling’s fate has yet to be decided. Silver addressed the media on Saturday after the news broke about Sterling, but hadn’t come to a decision on what to do about the situation.
With all the backlash from the release of the alleged Sterling recording, a severe punishment is bound to follow. Silver made it clear that a decision would be made and announced on Tuesday in terms of what the NBA intends to do with Sterling.
Although potentially another brilliant acquisition by Magic and the Guggenheim Partners, it is a little surprising that the former face of the Los Angeles Lakers would buy a rival franchise.
Magic has had no problems expressing his opinions over the last few years about the direction of the Lakers franchise and has been criticized for some of the opinions he’s expressed publicly. If he does ultimately become an owner of the Clippers or at least pursues purchasing the team as the report suggests, it’ll be interesting to see the reaction from the Lakers brass and the passionate fan base.
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