National Basketball Association roundup

Wed Jul 16, 2014 7:38pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - The pending sale of the Los Angeles Clippers and ouster of disgraced owner Donald Sterling might not be official by the start of the NBA season in October, Commissioner Adam Silver said.

Silver acknowledged the potential for a lagging resolution to the planned sale to Steve Ballmer because of litigious hurdles that are becoming unpredictable.

"I'm not sure," Silver said. "Because we're not actually a party to those proceedings, and while I'm following the litigation and we have a lawyer in the courtroom who's giving us regular reports on it, they're in recess right now."

The NBA Board of Governors cannot approve the sale to Ballmer, a former CEO at Microsoft who made a $2 billion bid and signed a binding agreement with Shelly Sterling, while it is being contested in court.

Silver also said the league is considering an in-season, neutral-site tournament.

"Very early days in the discussion of that, but we're looking at other opportunities in the league to create excitement," Silver said at a Board of Governors meeting press conference in Las Vegas.

"As one of our general managers said at the meeting, there's very few things that you can win in the NBA. I mean, when you think about European soccer, for example, they have the FA Cup and they have other tournaments throughout the season, so I could imagine if we were to look at some sort of midseason tournament I would imagine doing something in Vegas. This would be a terrific neutral site location."

The tournament would require approval of the NBA players association, which means it likely cannot be introduced until a new collective bargaining agreement is established.   Continued...

Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) is defended by Miami Heat guard Ray Allen (34) during the second half in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. May 30, 2014; Miami, FL, USA;Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports