Donald Sterling's Wife Approached by Bidders for the Clippers (Report)

May 26, 2014Article
The Hollywood Reporter

Following reports on Thursday that Shelly Sterling will negotiate the forced sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling's wife has already received inquiries from six potential buyers, according to ESPN.

Among those interested in the NBA team is Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who met with her on Sunday to discuss a sale.

It is not the first sign of interest that Ballmer has shown in a basketball franchise. He was part of the effort to bring an NBA team back to Seattle following the move of the SuperSonics to Oklahoma City to become the Thunder in 2008.

"If the opportunity is outside of Seattle, so be it. I will learn about any team that comes up for sale at this point," he told the Wall Street Journallast week. "If I get interested in the Clippers, it would be for Los Angeles," he said, vowing that he would not move the team to the Pacific Northwest. "I don't work anymore, so I have more geographic flexibility than I did a year, year and a half ago. Moving them anywhere else would be value-destructive."

Sterling's attorney, Pierce O'Donnell, is handling the sale with Bob Baradaran, a managing partner at his law firm, Greenberg Glusker, and Darren Schield and Doug Watson of Beverly Hills Properties, a real estate company owned by the Sterling family, reported ESPN.

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