The Lakers announced that they are moving to a new practice facility. In this file photo, Pau Gasol #16 addresses the media during Los Angeles Lakers Media Day at Toyota Sports Center on December 11, 2011 in El Segundo, California.
Less than an hour before the Los Angeles Lakers tipped off against the Portland Trail Blazers, the Lakers announced that they had agreed to purchase a five-acre undeveloped property in El Segundo, Ca. The proposed site will feature a brand new training facility for the Lakers and its NBA Development League associate the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
Currently, the Lakers and D-Fenders both practice at the Toyota Sports Center, also in El Segundo. That location also serves as the Los Angeles Kings practice facility.
The new location is on the northwest corner of Mariposa Avenue and Douglas Street, which is less than half a mile away from the Toyota Sports Center. Along with a brand new training facility, the Lakers and D-Fenders will move their respective business operations offices in the new facility.
The Lakers were quick to point out that the purchase will not be finalized until various conditions, including the approval by the City of El Segundo, are met.
However, the Lakers must be confident of the sale going through at this point considering they opted to send out a press release on a game night with all media covering the team present.
It may only be down the street, but the Lakers are moving. No immediate timeline was available for when construction would begin on the proposed site.