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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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76.

Joey    

That bitch. This guy sounds like he's almost as bad as Sterling. His microsoft employees hated his guts. I bet she picked the biggest ******* in the running as some kind of c&^t revenge move. I am done with the Clippers. Lakers only now.

145 days ago
77.

Mutley    

The franchise is worth about 1/3 that much. Only 2 or 3 NFL teams could bring that.

145 days ago
78.

FREEDOM    

ONLY THE STERLING'S COULD MAKE THIS DEAL.

145 days ago
79.

FREEDOM    

SO FINE.

145 days ago
80.

FREEDOM    

CLIPPERS ARE FREE FROM RIDICULE.

145 days ago
81.

FREEDOM    

GO CLIPPERS.

145 days ago
82.

truthtalks    

Good no BLACK person owns it!!!

144 days ago
83.

Timmy-Boy    

She is a racist for selling it to a white person.

144 days ago
84.

joey jones    

I;m so glad a white guy got it, Darkies dont have the intelligence to run an NBA franchise. It's just not in their DNA. They are more suited for pickin cotton and or crime.

144 days ago
85.

FREEDOM    

STERLING MADE 2 BILLION FOR SAYING BLACK MAN.

144 days ago
86.

joey jones    

this shows for sure racism pays!!! BIG@

144 days ago
87.

Aimee777    

Sterling gets $2 Billion and continues to be himself, & Stiviano get her 2 minutes (not 15) of fame and gets ZERO $$$ - lol They should all be so proud of themselves.

143 days ago
88.

JoseLizette_NJPhilly    

oh tmz. please put on the site already what are u waitin for?DONALD STERLING "breaking news"on both FOX racist bias channel, and my CNN station said 1 day or so ago the racist billionaire,Donnie boy is FIGHTING THIS suing the entire NBA for either 18 or 80 mill... so stupid... but should be interesting to watch!
adios. 1

142 days ago
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