Shelly Sterling fielding six bidders for Los Angeles Clippers


Granted permission from her husband, Donald Sterling, to negotiate a sell of the Los Angeles Clippers, Shelly Sterling is now fielding offers for the franchise, which could fetch a price tag of $1 billion. 

Shelly Sterling has received at least six bidders for the team at this point, according to an report. Shelly Sterling met with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who was part of an effort to being the NBA back to Seattle. Another interested group includes former NBA star Grant Hill. 

Obviously, the Clippers are not going to move at any point soon. Shelly Sterling would not consider a sale to anyone who would move the team, reported. And, in a conversation with the Wall Street Journal, Ballmer said he was interested in ownership opportunities outside away from Seattle. 

“If the opportunity is outside of Seattle, so be it. I will learn about any team that comes up for sale at this point,” Ballmer told the Wall Street Journal. “If I get interested in the Clippers, it would be for Los Angeles. 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.”

If Ballmer does get to the buying stage, he will deal with Donald Sterling’s attorney, Pierce O’Donnell, who will handle the sale of the team along with Bob Baradaran of the Greenberg Glusker law firm and Darren Schield and Doug Watson of Beverly Hills Properties, who work for a real estate company owned by the Sterling family.

Of course, this is all contingent on the NBA allowing the Sterling family to orchestrate the sell. Commissioner Adam Silver issued Donald Sterling a lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine. He ha

s yet to agree to allow the Sterling family to handle the sell, however.