- Associated Press - Friday, May 30, 2014


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Shelly Sterling says she has signed a binding contract to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for a record-breaking $2 billion.

Sterling confirmed the agreement made between The Sterling Family Trust and Ballmer in a statement issued late Thursday night.

The statement says she made the deal “under her authority as the sole trustee of The Sterling Family Trust, which owns the Clippers.”

Shelly Sterling negotiated the sale after the NBA banned her husband for life and fined him $2.5 million for making racist remarks that became public.

Ballmer said in a statement that he loves basketball and will “do everything in my power to ensure the Clippers continue to win - and win big - in Los Angeles.”

The deal would need to be approved by the NBA.

MIAMI (AP) - Lance Stephenson and Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers were fined for flopping in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Stephenson was fined $10,000 for his second violation of the playoffs. Hibbert was fined $5,000.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry received the NBA’s community assist award, spoke passionately about his charitable works, then dished out another assist to his former coach.

In his first public comments since Mark Jackson was fired, Curry said that he disagreed with the decision. Curry said the “semi-quick hire” of Steve Kerr was “kind of a shock” to most players, calling it “a weird, expedited situation that we didn’t see coming.”

CLEVELAND (AP) - A person with knowledge of the talks says the Cavaliers are interviewing Los Angeles Clippers assistants Tyronn Lue and Alvin Gentry for their coaching job.

The Cavs were meeting with Lue on Thursday and Gentry on Friday.



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