UPDATE: Donald Sterling's attorney, Max Blecher, contests the findings:
Donald Sterling's lawyer Max Blecher says in an e-mail, " Mr. Sterling is far from mentally incompetent."— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) May 30, 2014
Blecher said he was aware of the evaluations of Mr. Sterling this month, but called the results "grossly exaggerated"— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) May 30, 2014
Donald Sterling was evaluated by neurologists earlier this month, source tells ESPN.— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) May 30, 2014
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.
The Sterling Family Trust had rules & guidelines about mental incapacitation. Very recently, Donald was found by experts to be incapacitated— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) May 30, 2014
Once that happened, Shelly became sole trustee and had power to do deal w/ Ballmer, which is now being sent directly to the NBA for approval— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) May 30, 2014
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 CBSSports.com'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.