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Report: Shelly Sterling has received inquiries from at least six serious bidders for Clippers

May 26, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT


Disgraced Clippers owner Donald Sterling has turned things over to his wife Shelly, who is planning on negotiating a forced sale of the team even as the NBA continues its move to terminate the team’s current ownership interests.

The initial steps on the Sterlings’ side are marching on, with Shelly having met with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about the sale of the Clippers on Sunday.

And apparently, there are already many more lining up who have expressed legitimate interest.

From Ramona Shelburne of

Shelly Sterling has received inquiries from at least six serious bidders for the Los Angeles Clippers, sources told ESPN on Sunday. Shelly Sterling reached an agreement with her estranged husband, Donald Sterling, to negotiate a sale of the franchise after he was banned for life and fined $2.5 million by NBA commissioner Adam Silver on April 29.

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. …

Still at issue is whether the NBA will allow Shelly Sterling to control the sale of the team. The league issued a statement Friday stating it intends to proceed with a June 3 hearing that would terminate Donald Sterling’s ownership of the team. The league has made it clear that it would only consider a sale of the team if Shelly Sterling sold it in its entirety.

That last part, which we’ve discussed extensively, is why all of this kind of seems like a waste of time.

It appears as though the league wants to control this process, and it believes it will have the right to do so once the ownership interests in the Clippers are terminated, as is likely to happen following the hearing on June 3. The NBA needs the Sterlings gone, and allowing Shelly to linger on by being involved in negotiating the sale of the team — which is a process that will likely last months — keeps the family name in the news, and threatens to spill over into next season.

The league can’t risk that, as the players may reconsider a boycott if they believe the league isn’t doing everything in its power to remove the Sterlings, and do so as immediately as that procedure will allow. Because of all that’s involved, these meetings and initial dealings by Shelly Sterling aren’t likely to have any effect on the outcome of the team sale, unless they help to accomplish the league’s goal of getting it done as quickly a possible.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - May 26, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Bill Simmons tweeted that the low offers are around $1.8 billion. This is getting crazy, folks. NBA franchise values have absolutely skyrocketed the last few years.

  2. jackntorres - May 26, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    It won’t go close to 1.8 billion. Are you drunk?

    • therealhtj - May 26, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      It’s not as far fetched as it sounds. If a losing, tiny market team like the Bucks with not much fan support or hope of a big TV deal in a dilapidated arena can fetch 550 mil, then who knows? You’re talking about a huge potential TV Deal, State-of-the-Art Arena, a city that can draw free agents, and finally ownership with the vision to capitalize on all of that. Throw in the fact the Clips are poised to at least make some noise in the playoffs for the next 3-4 years and actually have an outside shot to contend for a title, and why wouldn’t the team be worth at least 2-3x what the Bucks are?

      It’s not like major market sports franchises come up for sale that often, so it wouldn’t shock me in the least to see the final sale price be some ridiculous number.

      • mornelithe - May 26, 2014 at 1:45 PM

        Yeah but 2-3x 550mil is 1.1 to 1.65mil. It wouldn’t suggest a ‘low’ of 1.8 billion…

      • mornelithe - May 26, 2014 at 1:45 PM


      • therealhtj - May 26, 2014 at 1:55 PM

        He said it won’t go close to 1.8bil, and I said it’s going to be a lot closer than he thinks. That was my point.

      • jackntorres - May 26, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        Thank you mornelithe. Glad I’m not the only one who can do simple math. I can guarantee they won’t sell above 1.25 billion, which means it will be closer to 1 billion than 1.5 billion, and nowhere near 1.8.

    • ProBasketballPundit - May 26, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      Ad hominem arguments demonstrate your ignorance. And therealhtj just owned you.

    • jimeejohnson - May 26, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      Not yet. It’s still early.

      • jimeejohnson - May 26, 2014 at 3:11 PM

        Replying to jackntorres.

  3. duhwighthoward - May 26, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    You know what surprises me? The outrage over Donald Sterling’s alleged “plantation” mentality occurred during the same season (fake tough-guy) Matt Barnes defended his use of the N-word.

    • jimeejohnson - May 26, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      Matt Barnes sucks. He is the main reason the Clippers failed to advance.

  4. calkinsrob - May 26, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Shelly Sterling looks like she could be a white walker in GoT haha.

  5. jerdogthompson - May 26, 2014 at 1:07 PM


    First of all, the outrage as you call it is a culmination of 30 years of inappropriate behavior by DTS. Just so happened the last incident became the proverbial straw that broke the camels back.

    I’d be willing to bet as much money as you wish that you wouldn’t call Matt a fake tough guy to his face. Like or not, being African American affords them to use the N word without repercussion as being a Caucasian allows you the use of derogatory terms to other Caucasians. To draw a comparison between the two people and incidents is shall I say, pretty petty and quite frankly as far off the mark as you possibly could get. I tell ya, every time I give you some credit you post something like this and slip a couple rungs down.


    • duhwighthoward - May 26, 2014 at 1:21 PM

      Being a member of a group gives you no right to slander them. Using your terms, Matt Barnes is just as much “Caucasian” as he is “African American”.

      If we’re going to talk about what’s appropriate and what’s not, which is what this whole debacle is about, then these two people and incidents couldn’t be more closely related.

      I’ll take you up on your bet too. Arrange it and get ready to pay me.

      • kinggw - May 26, 2014 at 4:28 PM

        First of all Matt Barnes using the N word and Sterling’s rant are in no way similar. Secondly, a person of color using the N word isn’t slander. If you tried to sue someone based on your broad interpretation of the term slander, you’d be laughed out of court.

        Lastly, your full of it. You and the rest of the concern trolls need to give it a rest. People of color probably shouldn’t use the N word, but people who aren’t of color NEVER have the right to use it. It’s that simple.

        Lots of white men on this site have weakly tried to conflate Sterling’s comments with use of the N word by NBA players. The fact that some of you think that is the similar shows that your ignorance and showcases the fact that you truly don’t understand the racial dynamic in this country and probably never will. We cannot have a real discussion about race because many of you can’t get past the why can he say that and I can’t bs. Jerdog was spot on.

    • cantonb0und13 - May 26, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      jerdog, the fact that you’re supporting Matt Barnes, says everything.

      duhwighthoward, wins the argument just like that.

      • jimeejohnson - May 26, 2014 at 3:13 PM

        No wonder I like you especially compared to CantonPeaBrain. Matt Barnes sucks!

    • papichulo55 - May 26, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      *by not amounts

  6. cantonb0und13 - May 26, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Can they also buy the Knicks? Relocate to Seattle. That’s what Phil Jackson wanted in the first place, but now he has to work with a sorry a$$ franchise that has a sorry a$$ owner. Honestly, Shelly Sterling would be a much better owner than James Dolan.

    • cantonbound13 - May 26, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      Only a racist like yourself would want Shelly Sterling to own a team.

      • jimeejohnson - May 26, 2014 at 3:13 PM

        You mad, peabrain?

      • cantonbound13 - May 26, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        Nice to see the trailer parks are getting free wifi.

      • jimeejohnson - May 26, 2014 at 4:08 PM

        Trailer park white trash are way smarter, more wordly, and come from better gene stock than you. They don’t call you CantonPeaBrain for nothing.

      • cantonbound13 - May 26, 2014 at 7:45 PM

        More wordly????? Further proof who the pea brain actually is.

    • jimeejohnson - May 26, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      This New Yawk a$$hole,CantonPeabrain, has to find something that will get people to look at him and somewhere along the line he found that if he attacked Lebron that he’d get attention. CantonPeaBrain knows less about basketball than anyone whoever wrote on this blog, but more about anyone about drawing attention to himself. He’s a LOSER who can’t stand himself so he hides behind his own stupidity. I actually feel sorry for him. Can you imagine living in his skin and having to look in the mirror and face what a jerk he is.

  7. cantonb0und13 - May 26, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    New York Knicks will destroy Phil Jackson legacy. Even Jackson can’t save the Knicks… Steve Kerr is probably sitting back right now smoking a cigar by the pool and thanking God; that he decided to sign with the Golden State Warriors instead of the pathetic Knicks.

    • cantonbound13 - May 26, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      Nervous, coward? You know Riley could never beat Jackson. 11 rings! Riley couldn’t accomplish that in 2 lifetimes.
      Jackson can put you at head coach & be successful. It doesn’t matter who he selects, it’s just an extension of himself, the greatest coach in sports history.

      • jimeejohnson - May 26, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        You’re the coward and most likely a major puSSy.

  8. smcgaels1997 - May 26, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Funny how this is news? The NBA already stated she won’t be allowed to facilitate a sale. Let’s have a story when the NBA releases this type of news

  9. bellerophon30 - May 26, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    You have to wonder about the sanity of anyone approaching Shelly Stirling for the sale, when the NBA is adamant that she’ll have nothing to do with it. And since the owners have to approve new members…..

    I mean, why piss them off needlessly?

    • eugenesaxe1 - May 26, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      She is still the de facto owner of the team and has every right to sell it herself until she’s stripped of it.

      • bellerophon30 - May 26, 2014 at 4:34 PM

        No she really isn’t, unless there’s a legal ruling. Donald Sterling has been suspended, and cannot make ANY Clipper related decisions until that suspension is lifted. That includes whatever he’s doing with the supposedly estranged Shelly.

        Besides, even she is in control of the team, the NBA owners will still have to approve the new owners, as they do with everyone. Shelly could sell it to a consortium led by the Pope and they would reject it out of spite.

  10. coffeeblack95616 - May 26, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Hilarious how unflattering the Sterling pics are on almost every post.

  11. eugenesaxe1 - May 26, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    As long as the bidding process is open and the team goes to the highest approved bidder, everyone should be happy.

  12. Robert - May 26, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    China Clippers of Hong Kong.

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