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NBA: Clippers suitors reportedly lining up

Published on May 28, 2014 11:52 AM
Shelly Sterling, wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, attends game 7 between the Clippers and the California Golden State Warriors in their NBA in this May 3, 2014, file photo in Los Angeles. -- PHOTO: AFP 

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - As the NBA awaited Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's response on Tuesday to charges of racist conduct detrimental to the league, Sterling's wife, Shelly, was reportedly moving to sell the club.

Donald Sterling had until midnight Eastern time on Tuesday to respond to the charges levied by the league, which has already banned him for life and fined him US$2.5 million (S$3.1 million) over racially charged remarks that became public in April.

The NBA has already set a June 3 hearing at which owners could strip the team from Sterling, but US media reports on Tuesday seemed to indicate that Shelly Sterling might be trying to negotiate a sale by then.

Gossip website and sports network ESPN were among the media outlets reporting that Shelly Sterling has fielded inquiries from at least six serious bidders for the club that could fetch up to US$1 billion.

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