Magic Johnson interested in buying the Clippers

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Los Angeles Lakers legend Earvin 'Magic' Johnson is interested in a potential deal to buy the Clippers, it has been claimed.

This is according to a report from respected NBA writer Adrian Wojnarowski, which suggests that Johnson - along with billionaire backers and LA Dodgers owners the Guggenheim Partners - wants an opportunity to purchase the franchise that has become embroiled in controversy of late after entertainment website TMZ released audio footage that allegedly featured racist remarks from current owner Donald Sterling.

The longest-tenured owner in the NBA after taking control of the Clippers way back in 1981, Sterling has come under immense pressure from all angles in the last few days, with league commissioner Adam Silver - who has been in the job for only three months after succeeding the experienced David Stern - confirming that the league were investigating the issue.

Just what range of sanctions could be made available are not totally clear, but Wojnarowski - who also suggests that Johnson had been actively pursuing a potential purchase of his beloved Lakers - appears to be of the view that Sterling offloading the Clippers to the group could be a sensible option for all concerned.

Such speculation and unhelpful controversy has come at the worst possible time for the Clippers, with Doc Rivers' men currently in the middle of contesting their first-round playoff series against Western Conference foes Golden State.

Indeed, in their first game back on the court following these events, Chris Paul and co slumped to a disappointing 118-97 game four defeat at Oracle Arena on Sunday evening that left the series tied at 2-2.

And while Rivers will obviously be keen to avoid using the Sterling saga as an excuse for his team's poor performance, the issue was evidently on his players' mind for at least a little while as they turned their pre-game warm-up shirts inside out to hide the Clippers logo in what was deemed a silent protest.

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