*Following reports Thursday that Shelly Sterling will negotiate the forced sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling’s wife has already received inquiries from six potential buyers, according to ESPN.
Among those interested is Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who met Shelly on Sunday to discuss a sale. He was previously part of the effort to bring a team back to Seattle following the move of the SuperSonics to Oklahoma City to become the Thunder in 2008.
“If the opportunity is outside of Seattle, so be it. I will learn about any team that comes up for sale at this point,” he told the Wall Street Journal last week. “If I get interested in the Clippers, it would be for Los Angeles, he said, vowing that he would not move the team to the Pacific Northwest.
“I don’t work anymore, so I have more geographic flexibility than I did a year, year-and-a half ago. Moving them anywhere else would be value-destructive.”
Sterling’s attorney, Pierce O’Donnell, is handling the sale with Bob Baradaran, a managing partner at his law firm Greenberg Glusker, and Darren Schield and Doug Watson of Beverly Hills Properties, a real estate company owned by the Sterling family, reported ESPN.
Former NBA All-Star Grant Hill — who played for the Clippers in the 2012-2013 season — and billionaire investors and Tony Ressler and Bruce Karsh are also said to be interested in the team.
Meanwhile, the NBA has not yet confirmed whether it will allow Shelly Sterling to sell the team, and the league still intends to hold a June 3 hearing to terminate her husband’s ownership as part of his lifetime ban for alleged racist comments.