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ESPN reports that Donald Sterling has authorized his wife Shelly to negotiate a sale of the Los Angeles Clippers in the face of the NBA's progress towards terminating his ownership.

It remains to be seen how the NBA will react to such efforts, which could provide Sterling with a massive windfall that could go above $1 billion according to some estimates.

The report comes in the wake of a leaked report that shows the extent to which both Sterling, Mrs. Sterling, and former Clippers president Andy Roeser tried to cover up the scandal following the leak of Sterling's recorded comments last month.

The biggest piece of news here is that Sterling has authorized the forced sale instead of moving forward with intent to sue to keep control of the team. It could mean a much swifter conclusion to a situation both the team and league need to move past the ugly affair.

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