Larry Ellison reportedly interested in L.A. Clippers

Frustrated in his previous attempts to buy a basketball team, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison reportedly would consider snapping up the L.A. Clippers if the NBA board of governors forces Donald Sterling to sell the team over Sterling’s racist remarks.

ESPN quoted unnamed sources on Tuesday saying Ellison might make a bid for the team with movie and music entrepreneur David Geffen, and television star Oprah Winfrey.

Ellison’s spokeswoman Deborah Hellinger declined comment on the report. But Ellison has had a longtime interest in basketball.

His company signed a 10-year-deal in 2006 to have Oracle’s name on the Golden State Warriors’ arena in Oakland. In addition, he tried without success to buy the Warriors in 2010 and the New Orleans Hornets in 2011, and was reported to have had a fleeting interest last year in the Sacramento Kings.

Photo by Eric Risberg, AP


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