NBA: Los Angeles Clippers looking at vacating Staples Center home from 2024

DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers dunks the ball during Game Seven of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on April 30, 2017.
DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers dunks the ball during Game Seven of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on April 30, 2017.PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Los Angeles (AFP) - The Los Angeles Clippers announced on Thursday they are considering leaving Staples Center arena which they have shared with rivals Los Angeles Lakers and National Hockey League team Los Angeles Kings since 1999.

The Clippers reached an agreement with the city of Inglewood, California to look into building a new stadium in the suburbs, about 12km south-west of downtown Los Angeles.

"I have said from day one that we need to plan for the future. This agreement helps us do that by expanding our options," said Clippers owner Steve Ballmer.

"The prospect of a new state-of-the-art NBA (National Basketball Association) arena would allow us greater latitude to influence our game schedule, particularly as it relates to weekend games."

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Ballmer said the Clippers hope to build a state-of-the-art facility on 8.08ha of land that would include an arena, training centre and offices.

It would be located across the street from the National Football League team Los Angeles Rams' new stadium.

But Ballmer said the Clippers would not be able to move before 2024, when their current lease with The Anschutz Corp expires.

The former boss of IT giant Microsoft bought the California franchise in 2014 for US$2 billion (S$2.7 billion) and quickly said he wanted the Clippers to play in their own arena.

The Clippers were eliminated in the first round of the 2017 NBA play-offs by the Utah Jazz.