Here’s the Seattle Post-Intelligencer blog reporting:

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told the Wall Street Journal Thursday that he would be open to making another play for an NBA franchise, even if it means not bringing a team to Seattle.

Ballmer spoke with the Journal prior to giving the commencement address at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business on Friday.

He wouldn’t commit after reporter Shira Ovide’s asked if he was interested in bidding for the Los Angeles Clippers. NBA commissioner Adam Silver banned longtime Clips owner Donald Sterling for life on April 30 following the release of audio tapes in which Sterling is heard making racist remarks. Ballmer and Silver were spotted together on Sunday when the Clippers hosted the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Playoffs.