Report: Donald Sterling Authorizes Wife To Negotiate Sale Of Clippers

Donald Sterling, left, with Shelly Sterling. (Getty Images)

Donald Sterling, left, with Shelly Sterling. (Getty Images)

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(CBS) Donald Sterling has authorized his wife Shelly to negotiate a sale of the Los Angeles Clippers in the face of the NBA’s progress toward terminating his ownership, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported.

Sterling figures to receive a massive windfall that could go above $1 billion, according to some estimates. ESPN’s Bill Simmons has even predicted the sale price will be $1.5 billion or more.

The biggest takeaway here is that Sterling doesn’t appear intent to sue the NBA to keep control of the team. That would likely lead to a quicker resolution of one of the ugliest episodes in NBA history.