Sonics owner Dan Gilbert is in talks to buy Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers owner Dan Gilroy is in discussions with Gilbert to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to multiple reports.
Gilroy’s agent, David Falk, told ESPN that Gilbert is expected to make a decision on the Clippers deal on Monday.
The deal is expected, Falk said, and could include Gilbert buying the Clippers and potentially moving to Los Angeles in 2019.
Gilbert owns the Clippers, a team with a history of making the playoffs and the most profitable franchise in the NBA.
The Clippers play in Los Angeles, but the team’s arena lease expires in 2020.
The team is still considering its future in Los Angles, which is expected in a sale.
Los Angeles would become the sixth team to play in Staples Center, the former home of the Los Angels Angels of Anaheim.
It is the most popular arena in the United States, with more than 70,000 tickets sold per game in the last decade.
The Lakers also play at Staples Center.
Gilbert bought the Clippers in 2004 and quickly rebuilt their franchise, winning the NBA title in 2005.
He has had his share of struggles in the past, including the firing of head coach Doc Rivers and his decision to move the team to Las Vegas.
Gilbert’s previous ownership was a source of controversy, as he bought the New Jersey Devils in 2014 and moved them to Florida.