According to TMZ:

Clippers with Attitudes?? 

Dr. Dre tells TMZ Sports ... he's "absolutely" interested in buying the L.A. Clippers when the NBA forces Donald Sterling to sell the team ... and he seems very serious about it. 

"I'm thinking about it ... yes," Dre told us on his way in to Boa Steakhouse in L.A. last night. 

It's not like he couldn't afford it ... Forbes just released its list of wealthiest hip hop moguls and Dre clocked in at #2, with a reported net worth of $550 million.

He's not the only one who's expressed interested ... billionaire developer Rick Caruso says he's also interested ... same with Diddy and Rick Ross