Ballmer financing the arena himself eliminates the roadblock of looking for lots of public money, which has caused issues for other owners in the past. With Seattle approving renovations for the Key Arena in order to lure an National Basketball Association or NHL team, the Clippers would be an ideal fit if Ballmer can't get the arena built.
The Rams aren't involved in the Clippers' arena project, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation.
The Clippers' lease at the Staples Center ends in 2024.
The ENA is subject to approval by the Inglewood City Council, which could happen as early as Thursday morning when the matter is expected to be voted on. Ballmer became agitated with the arrangement fairly early in his ownership, sources said. The only thing honoring the Clippers permanently at the arena is the media and team member entrance.
The Forum in Inglewood was once the home of the Lakers, Kings and Sparks before Staples Center was built in 1999. It is now one of the premier concert destinations in Los Angeles.