Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling met with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Monday afternoon in Los Angeles to discuss the pending $2 billion sale of the franchise, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN. While no settlement was reached, sources said the two men had a "friendly conversation" in their first face-to-face meeting since Ballmer negotiated the record-setting sale with Shelly Sterling on May 29. Donald Sterling has since challenged his wife's authority to sell the franchise in state court. Last week NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he wasn't sure a new owner would be in place by the start of next season as Donald Sterling has vowed to fight his termination and the sale of the team. The original agreement called for the sale to close by July 15, with a possible extension to Aug. 15. The NBA has the option of resuming termination proceedings and subsequently selling the team itself if the sale is still in limbo by Sept. 15. The meeting was arranged Sunday night following a three-hour meeting earlier in the day between Donald and Shelly Sterling, sources said. Donald Sterling had been preparing to file a new suit in state court on Monday morning before he and his wife spoke at length Sunday evening and he agreed to meet with Ballmer, sources said. While Sterling famously called his wife "a pig" after she testified in the civil case against him two weeks ago, he was emotional when speaking about his love for her during his own testimony. Shelly Sterling is due to testify again in the civil suit between the Sterlings on Tuesday. At issue in that case is whether Shelly Sterling was authorized to sell the franchise to Ballmer.
Donald Sterling, Steve Ballmer meet
ESPN Los Angeles | Jul 21