NBA commissioner Adam Silver told the league's Board of Governors Tuesday he cannot say with certainty whether the Los Angeles Clippers will have a new owner next season due to the unknown duration of the Donald Sterling trial. According to the Los Angeles Times, Silver said while the trial was in the hands of a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, the NBA would terminate Sterling's ownership of the team if the court determined Sterling's wife Shelly had not already adequately done so by seeking a new owner. The NBA can end Sterling's ownership of the team through a special termination process under Article 14 of the NBA Constitution.

While Shelly Sterling did technically agree to sell the Clippers to former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer last May, the NBA never voted to end Sterling's ownership of the team due to the unexpected alacrity with which Ballmer agreed to the purchase.