It looks like there is light at the end of this tunnel. According to ESPN and several other mediums, estranged Clippers owner Donald Sterling is prepared to begin negotiations to sell his franchise.
Disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has agreed to allow his wife, Shelly, to negotiate a forced sale of the team, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.
Shelly Sterling and her lawyers have been negotiating with the NBA since commissioner Adam Silver banned her husband from the NBA for life on April 29 for making racially charged comments on an audiotape.
Although the league has yet to accept this arrangement, sources said that if she is willing to sell the entire team with terms that are acceptable to the league, this could bring a startlingly quick end to what appeared to be a protracted legal battle.
via Shelly Sterling to negotiate sale | ESPN
If movies have taught me anything it’s that the villain never gives up things too easy. And this seems… too easy. In several instances, Sterling has reiterated that he’s going to fight the NBA in hopes to maintain ownership of the Clippers. His wife Shelly Sterling has reiterated the same, hoping that she’d be able to keep ownership despite her husband’s lifetime ban. And each time, the NBA has shot both parties down as the league has made it no secret that there is no place for the Sterling family in the NBA.
Clippers players agree with the removal of Sterling. The head coach in Doc Rivers has expressed a discomfort in playing under Sterling throughout the remainder of his contract. The remainder of the NBA reflect’s these same sentiments, especially Miami Heat superstar Lebron James whose stance on the matter had a hand in the expeditious response from the league. Sponsors, the National Basketball Player’s Association, and other important entities want the Sterling family to cease from existence from the NBA and the league knows that.
Nothing is official at the moment as this matter will be handled within the legal systems and a timetable hasn’t been set by the NBA, but it’s good to see that an end is near.