The news that former
Ballmer reached the agreement with Donald Sterling's wife, Shelly, who with her husband owns the Clippers through a family trust. If the sale goes through it would establish a record price for an NBA team.
Several Clippers spoke with The Times Thursday after the tentative deal was announced and they hoped this deal would put the whole Donald Sterling saga behind them.
"I think it's a great move for us,"
"It kind of allows everybody to go back to focusing on the real goal, and that's putting 100% of everything into winning a championship for Los Angeles from our side."
Dudley said he wasn't surprised at the $2-billion price, almost four times higher than the $550 million the
"I think it's what everybody in the NBA wanted to happen, for the Clippers to be sold," Dudley said in phone interview. "They wanted to get Sterling out and move forward and in the right direction."
"Ballmer, huh?" Clippers center
NBA Hall of Famer and former Lakers great
"Steve Ballmer owning the Clippers is a big win for the City of LA and all the people who live in the City of Angels!" Johnson tweeted.
Johnson was in the middle of the firestorm when an audio recording surfaced on TMZ in which Donald Sterling told a friend he didn't want her posting pictures of herself on
Los Angeles leaders also cheered the news that a sale appeared close.
"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
City Council President Herb Wesson said it would be "kind of a downer" if Donald and Shelly Sterling made a considerable profit from the sale. But, he said, "Our main goal was to send a message to the league that it shouldn't tolerate this type of behavior."
The Clippers were in the first round of the playoffs when the Sterling controversy started.
They won that series in seven games against the
"During the playoffs, I didn't want to use any of that as an excuse or a cop-out," Griffin said. "I don't want to ever do that.