According to James Rainey and Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times, Donald Sterling has yet to give his stamp of approval on the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers because he is hopeful that the NBA will reverse course and revoke the lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine it levied against him:

Sterling recently saw a draft of a statement from the league which he thought absolved him of the penalties, but a person familiar with the NBA's position said the statement, which was not released to the public, offered no such relief.

"In terms of saying something in a draft press release that indicated they would be dismissing the lifetime ban and the fine, that is not true at all," said the person, who spoke anonymously because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter. "That doesn't mean that [Sterling] wouldn't have read something like that into it.

"But if they interpreted it that way that is wrong and there is no thought of lifting the lifetime ban or the fine being rescinded."

The Sterling family trust selling the Clippers to former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer was thought to be a done deal a few days ago. Brian Todd and Steve Almasy of CNN reported that Shelly Sterling signed off on the sale and for all intents and purposes, that was the end of it.

One of Sterling's attorneys, Bobby Samini, released a written statement that read:

Donald Sterling officially announces today, the NBA and Donald Sterling and Shelly Sterling have agreed to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer for $2 billion and various additional benefits. All disputes and outstanding issues have been resolved.