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Clippers: Celebs say they want to buy the team. Not everyone's serious

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From Floyd Mayweather Jr. to Oprah Winfrey to Magic Johnson to Matt Damon, it seems everyone wants to buy the Clippers right now. The only thing better than actually being the new Clippers owner might be telling the world you want to be the new Clippers owner.

“I mean, who isn’t interested in owning the Clippers now?” asked business and civic leader Steve Soboroff, who help persuade Donald Sterling to move to the Clippers to Staples Center in 1999, and has had some of the choicest court side seats ever since.

Soboroff sees the team as an attractive acquisition, but he says for those who say they want to buy the team, there are often other motivations at play.

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“They’re interested because they’re going be on NPR having their names out saying that they’re going to save the world by being the owner of America’s team, and that’s what the Clippers are now,” said Soboroff.

It’s the kind of publicity you can’t buy, according to Darren Heitner, a Miami-based sports and entertainment lawyer. He cites Floyd Mayweather Jr. as an example. Does the boxer have some chance of buying the Clippers? Sure. Is he also trying to promote a fight this weekend? You bet.

“Remember, we’re talking about very public figures, individuals who are still creating income sources for themselves just out of sheer publicity that’s crafted by themselves and their public relations specialists on retainer,” said Heitner. "Let's not be ignorant and think that they're only expressing interest for the purpose of potentially purchasing the Clippers. They're keeping their names relevant."

Heitner says declaring you want to buy the Clippers is a no-lose proposition, except for those who actually do want to buy the team.

"When you have people come out and express their interest in becoming a shareholder of the organization, it only drives up the price.”

The only person that benefits from that is Donald Sterling.

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Here are some of the rich and famous who have expressed interest in buying the Clippers, some with more seriousness than others:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Thinking of buying <a href="https://twitter.com/LAClippers">@LAClippers</a>...good brand extension for <a href="https://twitter.com/WomenInWorld">@WomenInWorld</a></p>&mdash; Tina Brown (@TinaBrownLM) <a href="https://twitter.com/TinaBrownLM/statuses/461615589354926080">April 30, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I WANT IN!! I WANT TO BUY THE CLIPPERS!!</p>&mdash; Tracy Morgan (@RealTracyMorgan) <a href="https://twitter.com/RealTracyMorgan/statuses/461619028969414656">April 30, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I will always be a Knicks fan, but I am a business man. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23DiddyBuyTheClippers&amp;src=hash">#DiddyBuyTheClippers</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NameYourPrice&amp;src=hash">#NameYourPrice</a></p>&mdash; Diddy (@iamdiddy) <a href="https://twitter.com/iamdiddy/statuses/461220046384398336">April 29, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I am buying the Los Angeles Clippers.</p>&mdash; Frankie Muniz (@frankiemuniz) <a href="https://twitter.com/frankiemuniz/statuses/461214012236001280">April 29, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

 

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