Donald Sterling to Let Shelly Sell the Clippers

Move could avoid legal fight—or be a tactic in one
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2014 2:48 PM CDT

(Newser) – Donald Sterling has agreed to let his estranged wife, Shelly, negotiate the sale of the Clippers, multiple media outlets are reporting—though that might not be as clear a capitulation as it sounds like. For one thing, it's unclear how much of a stake Shelly would be willing to sell; one USA Today source says she would sell only if were was able to retain a minority interest in the team. ESPN sources say the NBA would accept the deal only if the Sterlings sell the entire team.

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The league released an official statement saying it would proceed nonetheless with its plan to forcibly oust Sterling during its June 3 meeting. Until now, the Sterlings have given every indication that they'll fight to keep the team. ESPN legal analyst Lester Munson speculates that this may be a "cynical attempt to entrap the NBA into recognition that Shelly shares ownership with Donald," which would complicate efforts to force a sale "in a major way." (Read more Donald Sterling stories.)

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