A US judge has cleared the way for the US$2 billion sale of Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer, dismissing objections raised by the team’s co-owner Donald Sterling, Reuters reported on Monday.
In a tentative ruling, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas said the deal, brokered by Sterling’s estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, can go ahead even if Sterling decides to appeal, the report said.
“She had every good reason to believe that Donald agreed to the sale of the team,” Levanas was quoted as saying.
Sterling, who has been banned for life from the NBA for racist remarks, had vowed to block the sale he initially blessed because he said his wife improperly removed him as a trustee of the family trust that owns the Clippers.
The NBA said it was “pleased” with the court’s decision.
“We look forward to the transaction closing as soon as possible,” a spokesman said in a statement.
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