Donald Sterling Agrees to Sell Los Angeles Clippers; But Wife Seeks to Retain Minority Interest in Team

In this Nov. 12, 2010, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling, right, sits with his wife Rochelle during the Clippers NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Los Angeles. (Photo: Mark J. Terrill AP)
In this Nov. 12, 2010, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling, right, sits with his wife Rochelle during the Clippers NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Los Angeles. (Photo: Mark J. Terrill AP)

Donald Sterling has authorized his wife Shelly to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, and she will try to sell the team voluntarily, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports Friday on condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the talks.

But their fight with the NBA might be far from over. Shelly Sterling has agreed to sell the team as long as she retains a minority interest in the Clippers, a second person with direct knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person also requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the negotiations.

Such a condition is not acceptable to the league, which said Friday that it will proceed with plans to forcibly terminate the Sterlings’ ownership with a three-quarters vote of league owners. On Friday, the league issued the following release:

“In response to reports about Donald Sterling surrendering controlling ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, NBA spokesman Mike Bass wrote, “We continue to follow the process set forth in the NBA Constitution regarding termination of the current ownership interests in the Los Angeles Clippers and are proceeding toward a hearing on this matter on June 3.'”

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SOURCE: Brent Schrotenboer, Jeff Zillgitt and Sam Amick
USA TODAY Sports 

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