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Clippers owner purchases The Forum in Inglewood, California for $400 million

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In some positive news: the Los Angeles Clippers are finally moving out of the Staples Center and getting their own arena.

Team owner Steve Ballmer announced that he purchased The Forum in Inglewood, California for a grand total of $400 million straight out of his pocket.

“This is an unprecedented time, but we believe in our collective future. We are committed to our investment in the City of Inglewood, which will be good for the community, the Clippers and our fans.” said Ballmer in a statement.

He had been trying to acquire the 17,500 seat arena for quite some time, but a highly publicized legal battle with the Madison Square Garden Company kept things from progressing.

The Clippers have been sharing the Staples Center with the Los Angeles since its opening in 1999.

Their new arena is about 10 miles southwest, and a 25 minute drive from the Lakers’ downtown stadium.

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Jazz ink Donovan Mitchell to $125 million max rookie extension

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Donovan Mitchell is getting paid!

The Utah Jazz have announced that star guard Donovan Mitchell agreed to a five-year, $125 million max rookie extension over the weekend.

The 24-year old, who was selected 13th overall in the 2017 NBA Draft, has averaged 22.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists over a span of three seasons and 225 combined games.

He made the All-NBA rookie team and was the NBA Slam Dunk champion in 2018, and was selected to his first NBA All-Star Game this past season.

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Warriors star Klay Thompson out for season after suffering Achilles tear

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The Golden State Warriors cannot catch a break…

With just over a month left before the start of the new NBA season, All-Star guard Klay Thompson suffered a torn Achilles tendon in his right leg during an intense practice session earlier this week. As a result, he will be out for yet another season.

The 30-year old had recovered from an torn ACL that forced him to miss the previous season, and was gearing up to make his first NBA appearance since Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals back in June 2019.

If there is any positive news, it is being reported that he will be able to make a full recovery and, if all goes well, will be ready to play for the 2021/22 season.

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Re-signing Fred VanVleet is “top priority” for the Raptors

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With free agency fast approaching, it remains a question mark whether the Toronto Raptors will be able to retain their prized free agent Fred VanVleet.

Can they afford him? Will other teams outbid them on the market? It remains to be seen how the cookies will crumble, but you got to be optimistic after hearing from Raptors GM Bobby Webster.

“I think we’ve said it publicly, privately and every which way. He’s our top priority, he’s our biggest priority for the off-season is bringing him back,” said Webster.

“He had a great run four years, we fully expect that to continue and everything’s been positive.”

The 26-year old, who was undrafted and signed as a free agent out of Wichita State, has spent his first four seasons with the franchise.

In 2019/2020, he posted a career-best 17.6 points, 6.6 assists, and 3.6 rebounds through 54 games.

He also played a pivotal in the franchise’s first-ever NBA title back in 2019.

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