Report: Sterling found 'mentally incapacitated,' clearing way for sale

By James Herbert | NBA writer

Banned owner Donald Sterling might soon see his team sold to Steve Ballmer.
Banned owner Donald Sterling might soon see his team sold to Steve Ballmer. (USATSI)

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UPDATE: Donald Sterling's attorney, Max Blecher, contests the findings:


Donald Sterling was deemed "mentally incapacitated," clearing the way for Shelly Sterling to become the sole trustee in the Sterling family trust and giving her the power to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

Ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has reached an agreement to buy the franchise for $2 billion, as first reported by the Los Angeles Times. Donald Sterling's attorney, Bobby Samini, told the LA Times that "there can be no sale without Donald's signature," but now that appears to be, at the very least, in question.

Donald Sterling could respond, "but his first action would be to contest Shelly's move, not NBA," according to Shelburne.

The reported deal could lead to the league postponing Tuesday's hearing to terminate Donald Sterling's ownership, a league source told's Ken Berger.

There are new developments in this story seemingly every hour, but it sounds like the Sterling saga could be over sooner than expected.

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