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Forbes says the Lakers are worth $2.7 billion, second in the NBA to the New York Knicks

Lakers President Jeanie Buss and Vice President Jim Buss in 2012.

Lakers President Jeanie Buss and Vice President Jim Buss in 2012.

(Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

On Wednesday, Forbes.com released its annual NBA franchise valuations, placing the Lakers as the league’s second-most valuable franchise, worth $2.7 billion.

The Lakers reportedly have $304 million in annual revenue and an operating income of $133.4 million -- the latter is highest in the league ahead of the Knicks’ $108.9 million. New York has slightly higher revenue at $307 million a year.

The Knicks top the list with a $3.0-billion valuation, jumping from $2.5 billion last season to overtake the Lakers. Last season, Forbes estimated the Lakers were worth $2.6 billion.

The Clippers are estimated to be worth $2 billion, matching the price Steve Ballmer paid for the franchise in 2014.

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After the Knicks and Lakers, the Chicago Bulls ($2.3 billion), Boston Celtics ($2.1 billion) and Clippers fill out the top five. The Golden State Warriors are sixth at $1.9 billion.

Forbes put the average value of an NBA franchise at $1.25 billion.

The Brooklyn Nets are the only team listed with an operating loss, of $5.7 million.

The Clippers are at $176 million in revenue and an operating income of $20.6 million.

Email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.


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