It looks like the Los Angeles Clippers may finally be sold thanks to the judge in the Donald Sterling vs. Shelly Sterling case ruling against DST.
BREAKING: Judge rules against Clippers owner Donald Sterling, OKs sale of team to ex-Microsoft CEO.
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 28, 2014
Immediately after the verdict was decided, the NBA released a statement showing pleasure in the judge’s ruling.
“We are pleased that the court has affirmed Shelly Sterling’s right to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer. We look forward to the transaction closing as soon as possible.”
Now the transition from Donald Sterling to Steve Ballmer begins. This isn’t the end of DST as we know him–there will be lawsuits filed after this–but there is little he can do at this moment to further postpone the transferral of ownership to Ballmer.
The sale ultimately avoids what could be the biggest protest in modern sports as Doc Rivers, Chris Paul, and Matt Barnes have all openly discussed the possibility to sitting out if Sterling continued as owner into 2014-15. Though the words of Rivers and company hold little weight at the moment as they’re currently partaking in the off-season, momentum would’ve likely gained on the players–and coaches–end as the process to remove Sterling would’ve (and could’ve) bleed into the upcoming season.
When will the sale become official? Per the lawyers of Shelly Sterling and Steve Ballmer, August seems like the ideal date.
Shelly Sterling and Steve Ballmer’s lawyers said they expect the sale of the Clippers to go through by Aug. 15.
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) July 28, 2014
Now, we wait.