- Associated Press - Thursday, June 5, 2014

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling agreed Wednesday to sign off on a deal to sell the team he has owned for 33 years to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion, bringing the possibility of a resolution to weeks of rumors, uncertainty and looming legal action.

The agreement hadn’t been officially signed Wednesday afternoon, according to an individual with knowledge of the negotiations who wasn’t authorized to discuss them publicly. But Donald Sterling’s attorney, Maxwell Blecher, said he “has made an agreement with the NBA to resolve all their differences.” Sterling gave his consent to a deal that was negotiated by his wife, Shelly Sterling, to sell the team, Blecher said.

Representatives for Shelly Sterling and the NBA declined to comment.


SAN ANTONIO (AP) - San Antonio guard Tony Parker plans to play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat on Thursday night.

Parker has been dealing with a left ankle sprain and missed the second half of the Spurs’ Western Conference-clinching win in Game 6 of their series against Oklahoma City.

He was on the practice floor with teammates and pronounced himself ready to go afterward.

NEW YORK (AP) - Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant capped his MVP season by being the lone unanimous choice to the All-NBA first team.

Durant was a first-teamer on all 125 ballots, and made the top squad for the fifth time. Miami’s LeBron James got 124 first-team votes on the way to being selected for the eighth time, while the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul earned his fourth first-team selection.

Houston’s James Harden and Chicago’s Joakim Noah are first-time first-team choices.