HoopsHype Donald Sterling rumors

January 28, 2014 Updates

The 2011 labor talks were a masterpiece for Stern, despite the fact he was no longer the absolute ruler he had been for 20 years, when Bulls/White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, a force behind the scenes in baseball, didn’t attend NBA meetings, saying everything was already decided. Two sources in the room described an exchange between Stern and the Clippers' Donald Sterling at an owners meeting in Las Vegas in the run-up to the lockout. Pressed by Stern for his opinion, Sterling demurred, then blurted, “I would fire you. You're great at marketing but you're not tough enough with the union.” Forbes.com

January 25, 2014 Updates

While the Los Angeles Clippers were preparing to take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Dec. 18, team owner Donald T. Sterling was hosting an afternoon of innovation and inspiration at The Beverly Hills Hotel, as the Donald T. Sterling Charitable Foundation honored 54 charity and high school leaders at the annual charity awards luncheon. The Donald T. Sterling Charitable Foundation generously pledged $20 million in grants and scholarships to 46 important and diverse organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, Special Olympics of Southern California and the United Negro College Fund as well as eight local high schools. NBA.com

October 29, 2013 Updates

In the early afternoon hours of July 3, owner Donald Sterling called Los Angeles Clippers president Andy Roeser and informed him he had rescinded approval on moving Eric Bledsoe and acquiring free agent J.J. Redick in a sign-and-trade agreement. The three-team deal – delivered the owner's blessing only two days earlier – no longer interested Sterling. Call it off, Sterling instructed Roeser, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Deal's dead. Yahoo! Sports

With Sterling, rational thought and debate aren't always part of the discussion. Whatever his reasons, everyone else awaited Rivers' conversations with Sterling. Rivers contract gave him ultimate management authority on deals, and several sources dealing with the Clippers say that Rivers was beyond embarrassed and humiliated. He feared the unraveling of the deal would cost him his credibility and paralyze him in future trade and negotiation talks, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

From the outside, there were those telling Rivers to unite with his superstar, Paul, and let Sterling understand they both could still walk out on him. Paul couldn't sign his five-year, $107 million contract until July 11, but sources insist that Rivers never brought Paul into the quagmire. Yahoo! Sports

September 16, 2013 Updates

There are 12 other NBA owners on the list, including Kroenke (Nuggets), Micky Arison (Heat, $5.9 billion), Dan Gilbert (Cavaliers, $3.9 billion), Charles Dolan (Knicks, $3.3 billion), Tom Gores (Pistons, $2.7 billion), Mark Cuban (Mavericks $2.5 billion), Josh Harris (Sixers, $2.5 billion), Robert Pera (Grizzlies, $1.95 billion), Herb Simon (Pacers, $1.95 billion), Donald Sterling (Clippers, $1.9 billion), Glen Taylor (Timberwolves, $1.7 billion) and Benson (Pelicans). ESPN.com

July 17, 2013 Updates
July 1, 2013 Updates

Our latest chapter in Donald Sterling Is a Racist comes courtesy of Jeff Pearlman. In interviews with Paul Phipps for a book about the NBA in the 80s, Pearlman learned that Massimino later told Phipps he would be passing on the job in an angry early-morning phone call. Deadspin.com

June 26, 2013 Updates

According to the executives, Doc Rivers had to make sure he had the standard NBA coach's arbitration clause in his contract. The executives, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter, said the clause states that if Rivers is fired and has any disputes, Sterling has to pay all the legal fees. Los Angeles Times

June 25, 2013 Updates

According to a source close to the coach, Rivers plans to fly to Los Angeles today, and will finally sign his contract tomorrow in the presence of Clippers owner Donald Sterling. The agreement is said to be a three-year deal woth $21 million - the same amount and time remaining on his Celtics contract before the deal. Talks have dragged on in recent days, not because of any disagreement between the Clippers and Celtics, who will receive what is expected to be a 2015 first round draft pick, but because Rivers wanted to make sure his agreement with Sterling was air tight. Boston Herald

June 24, 2013 Updates

Rivers, in turn, had not signed his new contract with the Clippers as of last night. Though Sterling is reportedly willing to pay Rivers $35 million over the next five years - the same deal he signed with the Celtics two years ago - it may be taking the Clippers owner time to process all of his new investments. Boston Herald

June 22, 2013 Updates
June 21, 2013 Updates

But the Clippers’ stance raises questions about why they would include an asset in an earlier form of a proposed deal — one that turned out to be against league rules — and not include it in a deal that could work. “The Clippers want to make an effort without really having any chance of getting it done,” a league source said. “Chris Paul’s camp wanted Doc and KG, and [owner] Donald Sterling and the Clippers did not. But they can’t come out and tell [Paul’s camp] that they don’t want to win, so they’re trying to dance around it and play both sides.” Boston Globe

League sources said, though, that if it was the Clippers’ intent to only give the impression — in other words, bluff — that they were trying to make a deal for Rivers, it’s unlikely Paul would re-sign. “I don’t see how that could possibly work and would not bite them in the [butt] with public relations and Chris Paul,” a league source said. Boston Globe

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