In a story by Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times, he was able to uncover emails from back in 2017 (which is the year before LeBron James), of an email exchange between Jeanie Buss and Irving Azoff about the possibility of moving from Staples Center to the Forum:
“Heres my dream,” Azoff emailed Buss and Rambis on June 14, 2017. “Rebuild the forum from scratch. Lakers plus music. boom.”
Buss responded a half-hour later to the email from Azoff, who has close business ties with the Forum and its owner.
“I think about the vision you and [wife] Shelli had when you re-imagined the Forum and how you made it happen,” Buss wrote. “I believe you can do anything.”
Rambis chimed in: “That’s an incredible dream count me in!”
In the article, it says that the Lakers intend to renew the lease when it expires in 2025. But it is interesting that they at least thought of the idea of moving back.
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