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Are the Clippers Planning to Move From Staples Center?

According to ESPN writer Kevin Arnovitz, the Clippers may be planning to move from Staples Center to another facility, though any other details are unclear right now.

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Steve Ballmer has apparently long been unhappy with sharing the Staples Center with the Lakers, and wants an arena of his own. This is perfectly understandable, and while Clippers' fans might be a bit sad at leaving the familiarity of Staples behind, having an arena all to the Clippers would provide a better experience for all involved.

As of yet there are no details on anything outside of a few motivations for Ballmer's desire to move, and those are mostly just common-sense ideas: real estate developments and revenue streams chief among them. There will be rumors about the Clippers moving out of Los Angeles entirely, but at this moment they are unfounded. Hopefully Kevin will have a bit more meat in his article, but as of right now all we can do is wait.

Edit: The full article can be found here. Two key takeaways:

1. Ballmer says "The Clippers are not going anywhere, ever. I will die owning the Clippers in Los Angeles". While that might be just a bit of an exaggeration, there can be no doubt that Steve is currently looking exclusively in the LA (or at worst SoCal) area for the new arena. This is simply fantastic news for Clippers fans.

2. "Sources say any move by the Clippers would come after they fulfill the terms of their current lease". The current lease ends in 2024.... which means that even if the Clippers do leave, and build an arena elsewhere, they won't be doing so for 8 years-- and a lot of things can change in that amount of time. More news will assuredly come out on these developments, but nothing Clippers fans have to worry about in the short-term.