Reports: Sterling, Ballmer meet

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jul 21 2014 09:03:47 PM EDT
Updated On: Jul 22 2014 11:13:45 AM EDT

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Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling met with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to discuss the pending $2 billion sale of the franchise, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

According to TMZ.com, Ballmer and Shelly Sterling's lawyer, Pierce O'Donnell, went to Donald Sterling's Beverly Hills, California, estate.

According to ESPN, no settlement was reached but sources said the two men had a "friendly conversation" in their first face-to-face meeting since Ballmer negotiated the record-setting purchase from Shelly Sterling on May 29.

Donald Sterling since challenged his wife's authority to sell the franchise in state court.

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, according to ESPN.

The meeting was arranged Sunday night following a three-hour meeting earlier in the day between Donald and Shelly Sterling, sources said.

Commissioner Adam Silver admitted last week that the pending sale of the team might not be official by the start of the NBA season in October.

The NBA Board of Governors cannot approve the sale to Ballmer while it is being contested in court.

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