Sterling, Ballmer discuss possible Clippers deal: source

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By Eric Kelsey

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Monday met with former Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer to discuss a possible settlement over Sterling's opposition to the $2 billion sale of the basketball team, a source close to the case said.

Ballmer met with Sterling for 90 minutes at the 80-year-old real estate billionaire' s request, but the talks did not resolve Sterling's opposition to the deal brokered by his estranged wife, the source said.

Sterling and his wife, Shelly Sterling, are locked in a court battle over whether Sterling has legal standing to block the NBA-record sale to Ballmer.

Ballmer's attorney Adam Streisand and Shelly Sterling's attorney Pierce O'Donnell also attended the meeting, the source said.

Messages left with representatives for Sterling seeking comment were not immediately returned.

The Sterlings' probate trial has entered its final phase and Donald Sterling's lawyers, who were scheduled to present their case on Monday, called off the day's hearing after less than an hour.

Sterling's case was dealt a significant blow last week when Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas refused to throw out testimony by physicians who said he has early Alzheimer's disease and cannot handle his business affairs.

The trial picks up on Tuesday with testimony from current Clippers interim CEO Richard Parsons, the former head of Time Warner Inc.   Continued...

 
Real estate mogul and Los Angeles Clippers NBA basketball team owner Donald Sterling attends the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California May 1, 2012. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok