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Shelly Sterling

I'm Accepting Offers this Week

To Sell the Clippers

5/27/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Shelly Sterling will accept offers this week to buy the Los Angeles Clippers  ... and a frontrunner is a group led by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer ... TMZ Sports has learned.

We broke the story ... Shelly met with Ballmer Sunday at her Malibu home, and our sources say his group made "a very competitive offer."

Sources tell us .. Shelly and her lawyer Pierce O'Donnell have put the word out ... they'd like to make a deal THIS WEEK.  We're also told NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is aware of what she's doing.  O'Donnell would not comment but we're told Shelly and Silver have an open line of communication.

We're told there are several other potential buyers in which Shelly is interested, including:

-- Grant Hill Group (Hill is a former NBA star who teamed up with investment partners)
-- Magic Johnson and the Guggenheim Partners (a financial company based in Chicago)
-- Patrick Soon-Shiong (surgeon turned multi-billionaire businessman)
-- David Geffen and Larry Ellison

Our sources say Oprah Winfrey is no longer in the running.

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Donald has turned full control of the team over to Shelly and she is privately negotiating with Silver to allow her to sell the team on her terms.  The team could be worth upwards of $1.5 billion.


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16.

porkchop    

It's nice to see someone, and especially a woman, who has allowed her face to age gracefully. No fillers, tightening or anything done here, just nature! She's beautiful!

152 days ago
17.

Umanyways    

Is she also accepting offers to fix that dry Mohave desert of a face?

152 days ago
18.

Mikey    

Surprise Surprise: Magic Johnson and the Guggenheim Partners.

I thought that snake said he wasn't interested in buying the team.

Magic masterminded this whole thing.

152 days ago
19.

Mikey    

Sterling should take that money and buy a Hockey team.

152 days ago
20.

Mikey    

Or take the money and buy the Atlanta Falcoons.

152 days ago
21.

Bev Pussyjuice    

Wonder what Shelly's bag looks like and does she suffer from bad odors down there.

152 days ago
22.

She's baaaack    

Shelly has some serious cryptkeeper looks going on. I can't be sure but it looks like she buys her makeup at Walmart.

152 days ago
23.

Nicole    

I would LOVE to see Magic Johnson be one of the new owners. Talk about poetic justice...

152 days ago
24.

JermaineJacksonsHairline    

Larry Ellison is the richest person in CA . He doesn't need a group.

152 days ago
25.

yomama    

if ballmer buys the team, could he move them to seattle?

surprised chris hansen is not trying to buy them for that reason, if it's possible they could be moved.

152 days ago
26.

Dgonza    

I still think this whole thing is stupid! Because he said black guys?! Wow! It's not like he said the N word! Cmon blacks you all keep racism alive today. Let it go and keep it moving! And the hell with magic! Sterling has the right just like we all do to voice his personal opinion about any individual. All because he's white and said black all yall came out of the cracks to fry the man. Racism will always be around because the old gen and the racist minorities! Thats why the USA citizens are so weak! Were all worried about hurting somebody's feelings and getting sued rather than being tough and moving on. Sad sad people.

152 days ago
27.

Truth    

I hope Ballmer moves the team to Seattle. LA deserves that and the now useless Lakers. Magic Johnson will end up with the team though. As has been planned all along.

152 days ago
28.

cluesarethere    

Would there be any reason for NBA commissioner Silver to not approve Balmer to buy the team?

152 days ago
29.

Karvey Kardashian    

Oh so I guess the high and mighty Magic Johnson was lying his behind off when he said he had no interest in buying the team. He said he is all about the Lakers and that is the team he wants, and he very plainly stated he did not want to buy the Clippers. He also said there were no plans to make an offer on the team. I hate liars as much as I hate racists, and I believe they are just as vile.

If he lied about his plans to buy the team what else did he lie about? No one has explained how supahead was able to warn Magic Johnson, a full 24 hours, before a leaked recording was given to the media. It was supposedly unplanned, so how would that allow for warning someone? People need to start to use their brains to question this type of situation when things do not add up. Donald Sterling, Magic Johnson, and V. STDiano are all disgustingly vile cretins for different reasons.

152 days ago
30.

onlydatruth    

He wouldn't move the team to Seattle, it'll deflate the value of the franchise.

152 days ago
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