Los Angeles leaders on Thursday cheered news that Donald and Shelly Sterling were close to selling the L.A. Clippers.
The Times' James Rainey reported that former Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer made a $2-billion offer, setting a record price for an NBA team.
Top L.A. city officials said they were glad a sale appears near.
"I know all L.A. fans will join me in putting the past behind us and looking forward to a new and winning era for the Clippers," Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement.
City Council President Herb Wesson said it would be "kind of a downer" if Donald and Shelly Sterling end up making a considerable amount of money out of the transaction. But he argued that having "that mindset out of the league is more important."