HoopsHype Steve Ballmer rumors

July 15, 2014 Updates

For coach and team president Doc Rivers, that’s a bit of a hassle. He is not officially able to sit down and work out details with Ballmer, but said he has “accidentally” run into Ballmer a few times. “(A meeting is) not really allowed,” Rivers said here Monday as NBA Summer League play continued. “Bump-ins like today, I don’t know how that happened — things like that. It’s good, I look forward to that. It has hurt us some this summer. You go in to talk to a free agent and most guys, teams will bring their owner. I go in, looking like this, by myself. I don’t know what effect that has had but that’s not been great for us.” Sporting News

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

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
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June 23, 2014 Updates

A judge has asked lawyers for more legal documents arguing their points before he decides whether to approve the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Shelley Sterling is trying to sell the team without the consent of her estranged husband, Donald, after doctors who examined him said he lacks the mental capacity to decide such matters. USA Today Sports

Ramona Shelburne: Samini said the lawyers also discussed in court today whether Steve Ballmer has a right to be present during Sterling's probate trial. Donald Sterlings lawyer Bobby Samini told ESPN he's hoping trial will be pushed to late July/early August to accommodate their expert Dr Twitter @ramonashelburne

June 19, 2014 Updates

Shelly Sterling will seek a court order of protection for her, her lawyer and witnesses such as the doctors who evaluated Donald Sterling from harassment by her estranged husband and his lawyers, sources told ESPN.com on Wednesday. Shelly Sterling and her attorneys will appear in a Los Angeles courtroom Thursday morning, sources said, to present evidence that Donald Sterling and his lawyers have threatened, intimidated and harassed witnesses who will be called in the probate court hearing July 7-10. ESPN.com

That hearing was scheduled after an emergency petition to the court last week by Shelly Sterling to evaluate the actions she took to sell the Los Angeles Clippers for a record $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Shelly Sterling has argued for an expeditious court ruling on her authority to sell the Clippers because the sale needs to close no later than Sept. 15 or the NBA will resume termination proceedings against Donald Sterling for racist remarks he made to former assistant V. Stiviano, which were published by TMZ. ESPN.com

Shelly Sterling's attorneys will ask a judge Thursday to order Donald Sterling and his attorneys to not threaten, harass or intimidate his wife's legal team and doctors who determined the Los Angeles Clippers' co-owner was mentally incapacitated. A person with knowledge of the legal proceedings told The Associated Press that the urgent request seeks protections for witnesses including three doctors who may be witnesses in next month's scheduled trial to determine if Shelly Sterling can sell the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. USA Today Sports

June 11, 2014 Updates

Shelly Sterling's lawyer ran to court this morning ... pleading with the judge to validate her deal to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer, and warning of dire consequences if the deal falls apart. In Shelly's legal docs -- obtained by TMZ Sports -- she says there's no way a better deal could be found. She points out the sale price for the Clippers is more than 3 times the price of the recently-sold Milwaukee Bucks. TMZ.com

Monday, Donald Sterling and his attorneys revoked that trust, essentially dissolving any agreements within it and moving all property to individual ownership stakes, according to one of Sterling’s attorneys. The move forced the action into probate court. Shelly Sterling and her lawyers are expected to try and reaffirm the trust in the eyes of the court Wednesday, paving the way for the sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. If Donald Sterling prevails, he and his attorneys affirmed he will not agree to a sale of the team. Orange County Register

Sterling, who received a lifetime ban and a $2.5 million fine from NBA commissioner Adam Silver after an audio recording that captured Sterling making a series of racist remarks became public, called the NBA “a band of hypocrites and bullies” and referred to the league as “despicable monsters.” The full text of Sterling’s screed — published by CNN — is below. SI.com

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