They will stay in El Segundo because they like the area and its proximity to
The Lakers have been at the place currently known as Toyota Sports Center since 2000, which was built for about $24 million by Anschutz Entertainment Group.
Instead of being a tenant in a facility, the Lakers would own it, paying for its construction but likely securing annual income via naming rights. Their new location will be a five-acre parcel a few blocks east of
There is only one basketball court at the Lakers' current facility and the team long ago outgrew its office space. Several Lakers departments, including marketing, ticketing, corporate sponsorships and community relations, are located at a building a block away.
"When we moved into that facility in 2000, it was state of the art, certainly like nothing we've ever had, and it ranked right up there at the top with the facilities in the
The newer Clippers' training facility is only five miles away in Playa Vista and represents everything the Lakers want — two basketball courts, plenty of executive offices and enviable video and weight rooms in 42,500 square feet.
The Clippers opened their $60-million facility in 2008 after years of practicing at an El Segundo health club and L.A. Southwest College. An article in The Times in 2005 said the Clippers' lack of a facility was partly why the team failed to pry
The Lakers will remain at Toyota Center next season but it is unclear if their new facility will be completed when they plan to target big-name free agents
The start time for construction depends on a few factors, including approval by the City of El Segundo.
"Just having new and shiny things is nice, whether it's a new arena, new uniform or new shoes," said
"It makes sense. It's probably about time. They've been there for quite a while. And if the Clippers do something new, it's only right that the Lakers try to do something a little better."
The team's minor league affiliate, the L.A.
The Lakers keep a very low profile at Toyota Center, with no signage announcing their existence on their side of the building. The Kings, on the other hand, have a large sign proclaiming it to be their home.
The Lakers will work with developer
Farmar returning soon
Farmar was cleared to resume practicing and could return next week for the final stretch of the Lakers' season.
He has missed eight games because of a strained groin. Before that, he missed 20 games because of hamstring injuries.
Farmar is averaging 10.4 points and 4.7 assists after signing a one-year contract last summer.