LOS ANGELES - If Donald Sterling is compelled to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, the list of potential buyers has more stars than their roster.
Oprah Winfrey is contemplating a bid. Sean Combs is a New York Knicks fan, but he wants in.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. wants the whole team. Matt Damon wants a tiny piece.
Billionaires, entertainers, and athletes alike announced their intentions to pursue the Clippers with varying degrees of seriousness Wednesday, proving that the longtime losers will be quite a prize if the NBA is able to wrest control of the team from Sterling after his lifetime ban for racist remarks.
Winfrey led the list, and the media mogul already is bringing in her friends.
"Oprah Winfrey is in discussions with David Geffen and Larry Ellison to make a bid for the Los Angeles Clippers should the team become available," spokeswoman Nicole Nichols confirmed in an e-mail.
If Winfrey joins Geffen, the billionaire entertainment executive, and Oracle CEO Ellison to pool their vast resources for a bid, they could be among the top contenders for a franchise that would be among the most valuable sports properties to hit the market since the Los Angeles Dodgers' $2 billion sale in 2012 to the Guggenheim Partners group fronted by Magic Johnson, the Lakers great and another potential Clippers bidder.
Combs, Rick Ross, and Snoop Dogg expressed their interest in the team, as did longtime Clippers fan Frankie Muniz and Damon, who told CNBC he would like to be a "super tiny minority investor."
Mayweather spoke seriously about his interest while preparing for his fight with Marcos Maidana on Saturday, although Money May would have to curb his enthusiastic sports gambling habit. Oscar De La Hoya, the majority shareholder in Golden Boy Promotions whose statue sits outside the Staples Center, volunteered himself as a part-owner.
Led by point guard Chris Paul and high-flying forward Blake Griffin - two all-stars signed to long-term contracts - the Clippers have won two consecutive Pacific Division titles and are on the brink of their third playoff series victory since Sterling bought the team in 1981.