Skip to content

Report: Donald Sterling’s attorney sent NBA a letter authorizing Shelly Sterling to sell the Clippers

May 28, 2014, 12:19 PM EDT

Donald T. Sterling, Rochelle Donald T. Sterling, Rochelle

Last week, reports emerged Donald Sterling had authorized Shelly Sterling to sell the Clippers on his behalf. That was an agreement between the Sterlings, co-owners of the franchise – not with the NBA.

The NBA would probably like the Sterlings to sell the team, but it won’t wait if that hasn’t happened before June 3, when the other 29 owners will vote whether or not to remove Donald’s (and subsequently, Shelly’s) ownership.

However, the Donald-Shelly agreement – though not with the NBA – involves the NBA.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

How can Donald now vow to fight after that?

If Donald and Shelly get into their own entanglement, the NBA could be forced to get involved by sharing what it knew about their arrangement and when.

Perhaps, he can rescind his agreement with her, but that depends on the wording of the contract. The NBA could probably shed some light on that simply by checking its copy of the agreement, but I doubt the league wants to get further involved.

In the meantime, Donald might want to get his lawyers on the same page. Unless a conflicting legal strategy is part of his plan.

Latest Posts
  1. Kyrie Irving aces, Kevin Love passes first playoff test in Cavaliers win over Celtics

    Apr 19, 2015, 5:58 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving AP

    Cleveland opens first round with 113-100 win over Boston

  2. Pelicans’ Tyreke Evans leaves Game 1 with knee injury, MRI Sunday

    Apr 19, 2015, 9:30 AM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans v Golden State Warriors - Game One Getty Images

    He said after the game he felt a pop in his knee. That’s bad.

  3. James Harden and Dwight Howard show Mavericks what they’re missing in Rockets’ Game 1 win

    Apr 19, 2015, 12:45 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Houston Rockets - Game One Getty Images

    Houston outscores Dallas by 14 in 10 minutes with Howard and Harden, get outscored by four otherwise in 118-108 win

  4. Dwyane Wade says he won’t opt out of current deal to become a free agent this summer

    Apr 18, 2015, 11:30 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade AP

    Wade has the ability to hit free agency, but is choosing to stay in Miami for at least one more season.

  5. Bradley Beal waves goodbye to Kyle Lowry after Lowry fouls out of Game 1 (VIDEO)

    Apr 18, 2015, 5:00 PM EDT

    Bradley Beal AP

    The basketball was ugly, but this still may be a very competitive series.

  6. Raptors GM Masai Ujiri on Wizards’ Paul Pierce: “We don’t give a sh-t about ‘It'”

    Apr 18, 2015, 1:18 PM EDT

    Masai Ujiri AP

    Ujiri cusses at a playoff pep rally for the second straight year.

Featured video

Can Boston put a scare in Cleveland?
Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. K. Durant (5751)
  2. D. Rose (5648)
  3. C. Parsons (5608)
  4. M. Conley (5363)
  5. L. James (5291)
  1. P. George (5245)
  2. K. Bryant (4728)
  3. S. Curry (4713)
  4. T. Splitter (4698)
  5. N. Batum (4599)