The L.A. Clippers are one step closer to getting their sponsors back -- with one major former backer telling TMZ Sports it's open to returning now that a judge has cleared the path for Steve Ballmer to take over the team.
We spoke to reps for the Chumash Casino who tell us they were following the case closely and are "pleased with the ruling" which will allow Shelly Sterling to sell the team to the former Microsoft CEO.
As a result of the ruling, the Chumash rep says they are now "open to discussing future partnership possibilities with the L.A. Clippers family and its new ownership."
As we previously reported, the Chumash -- along with Carmax, State Farm and a slew of other Clippers sponsors -- pulled their deals with the team in the wake of Donald Sterling's racist comments about black fans.
We spoke to several of the other sponsors -- all of which sounded encouraged about the new Clippers ownership, but wouldn't say if they were planning on getting back into business with the team.