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Ballmer’s lawyer says Clippers sale could miss deadline

Ballmer’s lawyer says Clippers sale could miss deadline

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2014, photo, then-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, left, shakes hands with former NBA players Bill Russell, right, and "Downtown" Freddie Brown as Omar Lee looks on during an NCAA college basketball game between Washington and Oregon State in Seattle. An individual with knowledge of negotiations to sell the Los Angeles Clippers said Shelly Sterling has reached an agreement to sell the team to Ballmer for $2 billion. The individual, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, told The Associated Press on Thursday, May 29, 2014, that Ballmer and the Sterling Family Trust now have a binding agreement. The deal now must be presented to the NBA. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File

LINDA DEUTSCH, AP Special Correspondent

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawyer for the man offering to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion says Donald Sterling’s stalling tactics are threatening to doom the sale by pushing it past a contractual deadline.

At a hearing Friday to set parameters for the rest of a probate trial, Adam Streisand implored the judge to make a swift decision when hearings conclude July 28.

He says the final deadline to close the deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was extended by a month, but “the deal ends on Aug. 15.”

In spite of the looming deadline, Sterling’s attorney, Gary Ruttenberg, asked to further delay proceedings, insisting the case “has been railroaded on a bullet train.”

Outside court, Streisand said that Sterling’s refusal to sell the team is “a suicide mission by a madman.”

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