The Clippers‘ proposed Inglewood arena took an important step forward on Tuesday, according to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN, who writes that the Inglewood City Council unanimously approved the environmental impact report for the building.
As Youngmisuk details, the Clippers intend to build a “sprawling campus” that will include an outdoor plaza, as well as the club’s corporate offices and practice facility. Barring any setbacks, the plan is for construction to begin in the summer of 2021 and for the team to begin playing in the new arena at the start of the 2024/25 season, after the Clippers’ Staples Center lease expires.
Here’s more from around the Pacific:
- Ricky Rubio has reported to the NBA’s campus and cleared quarantine, according to Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic, who says that the Suns‘ point guard participated in Tuesday’s practice. The status of Aron Baynes, Elie Okobo, Jalen Lecque – who, like Rubio, didn’t initially travel with the team to Orlando on July 7 – remains unknown.
- Lakers guard Alex Caruso made the difficult decision to skip his sister’s wedding on July 18, since he may have been subject to a quarantine period of 10 days upon returning to Orlando. Zach Lowe of ESPN has the story, along with quotes from Caruso.
- With Marvin Bagley having been ruled out for the rest of the season, Nemanja Bjelica is once again ready to take on a larger role for the Kings, writes James Ham of NBC Sports California.
- Anthony Slater of The Athletic makes a case for why Spurs veterans Rudy Gay and Patty Mills could be logical trade targets for the Warriors this offseason. Gay will make $14MM, while Mills will earn $13.3MM, so either player would fit in Golden State’s $17MM+ trade exception.