HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - "I will urge the Board of Governors to exercise its authority to force a sale of the team and will do everything in my power to ensure that that happens."
In the nearly 24 hours since NBA Commissioner Adam Silver spoke those words from a podium in Midtown Manhattan on Tuesday, speculation has run rampant as to who potential buyers for the team, should Sterling decide to sell without a legal battle, might be.
Many have wondered whether the asking price for the team will be much higher than the $575 million dollar value recently given to it by Forbes, and some NBA experts believe the team will sell for more than $1 billion dollars.
Among potential buyers for the team, ESPN reported on Wednesday morning, is television mogul Oprah Winfrey, who could team up with Larry Ellison to take over Sterling's interests in the Clippers.
Ellison is the chief executive officer at Oracle and the primary landowner on Lanai.
David Geffen, the cofounder of Dreamworks and several record labels, is a Malibu resident who has been named as a potential buyer, as has Patrick Soon-Shiong, a pharmaceutical executive with a net work of approximately $10 billion dollars.
Magic Johnson and the Guggenheim group, who already own the Los Angeles Dodgers, have also been named as potential buyers, as have boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. And Oscar De La Hoya and rappers Diddy and Rick Ross.