(NEW YORK) — Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling met with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Monday in Los Angeles to discuss the pending sale of the team, according to ESPN.
Sterling and Ballmer met for about 90 minutes at Sterling’s house in Beverly Hills in their first face-to-face meeting since Ballmer negotiated the record-setting sale with Shelly Sterling on May 29. Sources say it was a “friendly conversation.”
A settlement has yet to be reached, but the sale of the team will reportedly be worth $2 billion.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said last week that he wasn’t sure a new owner of the Clippers would be in place by the start of next season.
The original agreement called for the sale to close by July 15, with a possible extension to Aug. 15, but Donald Sterling has vowed to fight his termination and the sale of the team.
Ballmer is ready to buy the Clippers, but an issue in that case is whether Shelly Sterling was authorized to sell the franchise to him without the authorization of her husband.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN