President and chief operating officer Michael Reinsdorf said Saturday the team would explore leaving their suburban practice facility for a downtown building, which sources indicated would be near the United Center. Reinsdorf said discussions on the subject have taken place recently with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who supports the project.

“We’re intrigued by the idea,” Reinsdorf said. “We’re happy at the Berto Center, but it’s something we’re going to take a look at for our players. Eliminating their commute could be a good thing.”

Reinsdorf said if the move happens, it wouldn’t be for the 2012-13 season and could take up to two seasons for planning and construction.

– Reported by K.C. Johnson of theĀ Chicago Tribune