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L.A. Clippers

SOLD!!!

5/29/2014 8:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Clippers Sold
Shelly Sterling has sold the L.A. Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for a whopping $2 billion.

As TMZ Sports reported ... the deal was signed just before midnight Thursday. The NBA must approve the sale, but our sources say NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been well aware of Shelly's negotiations with Ballmer and other potential buyers and will support it.

Donald Sterling has made rumblings he may challenge the sale, but he will almost certainly fail. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Donald gave Shelly sole control over the team -- allowing her to sell it -- and even sent a letter to Silver affirming that Shelly had the reins. 

As for Ballmer ... he vowed Thursday night to keep the team in Los Angeles. Ballmer is entrenched in Seattle -- which currently has no NBA team -- and even made a bid to buy the Sacramento Kings and move the team to the Emerald City.

It's pretty remarkable -- just one week ago, it appeared Silver would force an involuntary sale of the team, but Shelly and her lawyer, Pierce O'Donnell, took the initiative to solicit bids and ended up with a buyer pretty much everyone can get behind.

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163 COMMENTS

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1.

James25    

Bought the team for $12 million. Sold it for $2 billion. Now that's an awesome return on investment.

113 days ago
2.

MightyMatt    

Thanks, now I have a new item at the top of my "I don't give a sh*t list"

113 days ago
3.

kewljewl    

i will laugh so hard if D. Sterling objects to this and fights it. Its a power thing.

113 days ago
4.

FuckYouTMZFreedomofSpeechmyAss    

Of course she sold it to another white jewish man! Do y'all really think she would sell it to someone African American? Keep dreaming, Jews stick together through thick and thin!

113 days ago
5.

tym    

magic's plan backfired. he thought he could use some girl to set up some old man so he could steal the team. stick to the checkers Magic, let the adults play chess

113 days ago
6.

Na.na.na.na Booboo.....stick ya head in doodoo    

From one racist to another...white man keep that money to "enslave" others lol

113 days ago
7.

Osweetsarah    

Seems like he learned his lesson, huh? Dang. Said racist remakes and get 2 BILLION DOLLARS out of it??? Seems you could fly to another stadium and watch other basketball teams. Smh

113 days ago
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LOLOL    

Well, Magic Johnson still has HIV and Donald Sterling gets the W. I hope this guy moves the clippers the he11 out of L.A. too.

113 days ago
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CoconutScrimp    

I wish I had Microsoft money. Not to buy some damn basketball team though.

113 days ago
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Reginaphalange    

Maybe this whole leaking of the tape was a hoax And they wanted to sell the team all along for more money

113 days ago
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BozoTheCat    

No, NO, Magic made this possible. The Clippers belong to him............... ?

113 days ago
12.

nusse    

And if a black man had said something bad about another race, it wouldn't even of made headlines.

113 days ago
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anon.    

Does the visor girl get a cut of the money from the sale? LOL

113 days ago
14.

Mike    

Is it true that a forced sale has significant tax breaks? Being racist never paid off so well.

113 days ago
15.

KIR    

Those people Sterling that hates "sholl" helped him make a lot of money. lol

113 days ago
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