LAS VEGAS – NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday there's still a possibility Donald Sterling will own the Los Angeles Clippers at the start of next season.
Sterling's wife Shelly agreed to sell the Clippers for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, but Donald Sterling is contesting the sale in court.
"No, I cannot say with certainty [Sterling won't still own the team], 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. "…I can say with certainty we are doing everything in our power to move Donald out as an owner in the NBA.
"And as I said, if the probate ruling doesn't go in our favor, we'll recommence our procedures under termination. The only reason I say I can't say it with certainty, it's possible some court would step in and stop us."
The NBA banned Sterling for life from the NBA, fined him $2.5 million and immediately began a push to force him to sell his ownership of the Clippers on April 26 after he was recorded telling his reported girlfriend not to bring African-American friends to games. The Sterlings' court case resumes on Monday, and Silver said he expects a quick decision from the judge.
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