HoopsHype Donald Sterling rumors

July 7, 2014 Updates

The Los Angeles Clippers’ $2 billion sale to ex-Microsoft Corp. (MSFT:US) Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer may not close by a July 15 deadline after what a lawyer for Shelly Sterling called her husband’s “ploy” to block the sale by delaying a trial over its legitimacy. Donald Sterling, 80, had his wife’s state court case moved to federal court last week, throwing into doubt a trial set to start today in the California court over whether she followed the rules of a family trust in having him declared incapacitated and unable to negotiate the sale. BusinessWeek.com

Shelly Sterling's lawyers filed an emergency brief in federal court Sunday night opposing her husband Donald Sterling's attempt to get their probate trial, which could authorize or kill the proposed $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, moved to federal jurisdiction. The probate evidentiary hearing is set to begin in a Los Angeles courtroom at 8:30 a.m. PT Monday. USA Today Sports

July 3, 2014 Updates

Shortly before the start of a trial to determine whether Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's estranged wife can sell the team, his lawyers filed a motion Thursday to move the case to federal court, alleging his medical privacy has been violated. A probate court trial is scheduled to begin Monday to determine whether Sterling is mentally incapacitated and Shelly Sterling can assume control of the family trust that owns the Clippers. She struck a deal in May to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion after Donald Sterling's racist remarks to a girlfriend were publicized and the NBA moved to oust him as an owner. USA Today Sports

July 1, 2014 Updates

A California judge on Monday denied Donald Sterling's request for a postponement of a probate court trial over the proposed $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers by the Sterling family trust. The trial is scheduled to start July 7 and last four days. Shelly Sterling agreed May 29 to sell the NBA franchise to billionaire Steve Ballmer for what would be an NBA record price. But Donald Sterling, the Clippers' other co-owner, doesn't want to sell the team he bought in 1981. He refused to sign on to terms of the deal. CNN.com

June 30, 2014 Updates

A new doctor has declared Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling mentally fit after a comprehensive medical examination in Las Vegas over the weekend, CNN confirmed through a source with knowledge of the situation. The exam was conducted by Dr. Jeffrey Cummings, a neurologist with the Cleveland Clinic and one of the top dementia and Alzheimer's disease specialists in the country, according to the source. Cummings determined Sterling has no signs of dementia and no lack of mental capacity, but he did show signs of MCI, mild cognitive impairment, which is common in people Sterling's age, the source said. Sterling is 80 years old. CNN.com

June 25, 2014 Updates

Beyond that, there is still the very real problem of Donald Sterling's shadow hovering over the Clippers. I was not told that this would be an issue, but as outspoken as James was about wanting Sterling out of the league, it seems implausible that he would willingly go play for the Clippers until Sterling's ouster is complete. That is not likely to happen before July 8. ESPN.com

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