Donald Sterling wants his wife to sell L.A. Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling attends the NBA playoff game in April. With the NBA forcing Sterling to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, the disgraced owner hopes his estranged wife can oversee the negotiations. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has agreed to allow his estranged wife Shelly Sterling negotiate the team’s sale, ESPN reports.

The National Basketball Association banned Donald Sterling from the league for life after an audio recording revealed he made racist comments during an argument with girlfriend V. Stiviano.

NBA has attributed racist remarks to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images

The league filed charges to terminate Donald Sterling’s ownership this week. His lawyers initially asked for a three-month delay — a request that was denied — and indicated he would fight the charges.

But Sterling has since changed his mind and will give the right to sell the team to his wife, an alternate team governor, ESPN’s sources said.

Whether the NBA will accept the arrangement is unclear. According to ESPN, league rules prevent Sterling from transferring controlling interest to anyone without approval from the Board of Governors, which has said Shelly Sterling would not be approved.

TMZ originally reported the agreement between the Sterlings.

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