Basketball / Sports

Donald Sterling out of legal options to unwind Clippers' sale

LOS ANGELES -- Donald Sterling is finally out of legal options to unwind the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.

After California's 2nd Court of Appeal rejected Sterling's petition to halt the $2 billion sale Aug. 13, he had 10 business days to ask the state's Supreme Court to review the case. That deadline expired without any such petition, according to court records.

The attorney for new Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, Adam Streisand, confirmed Wednesday the deadline had passed with no appeal.

Sports Illustrated legal analyst Michael McCann first reported the development.

The odds of such a maneuver succeeding were considered exceedingly low by attorneys familiar with the case, but Sterling's attorneys had left open the possibility of going to the Supreme Court in a last-ditch effort to restore the Clippers to their client.

Sterling, however, remains entangled in litigation surrounding the matter, including an appeal in the Los Angeles Superior Court case that cleared the way for Ballmer's purchase, a fraud lawsuit that names his wife, Shelly, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and a federal antitrust lawsuit against the NBA.

But Sterling can only collect monetary damages from those cases, not reverse the sale of the franchise he owned for 33 years.

One of Sterling's attorneys, Maxwell Blecher, didn't immediately return a request for comment.

After the appellate court denied Sterling's petition earlier this month, his attorneys said that their client believed he would be "completely vindicated" in his federal case against the NBA. The league countersued Sterling earlier this month in the federal case.

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