LA Clippers sale to Steve Ballmer complete

Donald Sterling and Shelly Sterling
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The sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is complete, NBA officials said Tuesday after months of legal battles involving long-time Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his wife.

In a statement, the NBA said: "The transaction in which Steve Ballmer purchased the Los Angeles Clippers closed today following the entry of an order by a California court confirming the authority of Shelly Sterling, on behalf of the Sterling Family Trust, to sell the team.

"The NBA Board of Governors previously approved the sale and Ballmer is now the Clippers Governor."

Shelly Sterling negotiated the $2 billion deal with Ballmer. Her estranged husband challenged in court her right to negotiate the sale, but the path to approval was cleared after a judge ruled against him last month.

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