Winfrey has joined entertainment mogul David Geffen and
"Oprah is not interested in running the team," Geffen told ESPN. "She thinks it would be a great thing for an important black American to own [another] franchise.
"The team deserves a better group of owners who want to win. Larry would sooner die than fail. I would sooner die than fail. Larry's a sportsman. We've talked about this for a long time. Between the three of us, we have a good shot."
Silver subsequently fined Sterling $2.5 million and banned him for life from the NBA for his incendiary remarks.
Winfrey, in reference to Sterling's comments, told TMZ on Tuesday that "the plantation days are over." She also denied having interest in purchasing the team on her own.
However, Winfrey's spokesperson, Nicole Nichols, issued a statement Wednesday confirming that she's in talks about becoming an investor.
"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," Nichols said in the statement, according to ESPN.