Silver: Sterling May Not Be Out Of NBA When Season Starts

Source: Tim Bontemps / New York Post

LAS VEGAS — NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday he was unsure whether Clippers owner Donald Sterling will be out of the NBA before the 2014-15 season.

As the ongoing legal battle between the banned Sterling and his wife Shelly continues, Silver, speaking at a press conference following the NBA Board of Governors meeting Tuesday afternoon, said he’s unsure the proposed $2 billion sale of the team will be completed before next season begins.

Shelly has taken her husband to court in order to try and get approval of taking control of the trust governing the team, allowing the sale of the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to go through.

“No, I cannot say with certainty, and I can’t say with certainty because it’s in the hands of the probate court right now, and Donald is in the process of suing us for lots of money, and we’re defending ourselves against those lawsuits,” Silver said.

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  • Mollymae

    But in the meantime, Sterling still is banned and can have nothing to do with the team. The NBA will eventually take over the Clippers, I guess.