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Lakers explored leaving Staples Center for return to Forum, emails reveal

Lakers explored leaving Staples Center for return to Forum, emails reveal
Published On: Thu, Mar 14
Dec 19, 2015; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) drives to the basket agains tLos Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Brown (3) during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The day before theA ClippersA announcedA plans to explore building an arenaA in Inglewood, business mogul Irving Azoff floated an idea toA LakersA ownerA Jeanie BussA and top advisor Linda Rambis about a move that could undercut the Clippers and prompt a seismic shift in the Los Angeles sports landscape.

a€œHeres my dream,a€ Azoff emailed Buss and Rambis on June 14, 2017. a€œRebuild the forum from scratch. Lakers plus music. boom.a€

The Lakers now say that vision wona€™t be realized, and they are believed to be discussing an extension to their Staples Center lease that runs through the 2024-25 season.

a€œMSG approached the Lakers about the possibility of returning to the Forum following the end of our Lease at Staples Center in 2025, but nothing came from the discussions,a€ the team said Wednesday in a statement.

But the emails obtained by The Times reveal the depth of the business competition between L.A.a€™s two NBA teams, and that Buss didna€™t hesitate to discuss a move that would have left Staples Center a€” and downtown Los Angeles a€” without its marquee tenant.

Buss responded a half-hour later to the email from Azoff, who has close business ties with the Forum and its owner, Madison Square Garden Co., the New York-based sports and entertainment giant.

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