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AP Source: Sterling surrendering Clippers control

Published: Friday, May 23 2014 11:47 p.m. MDT

FILE- This is a Dec. 19, 2011 file photo showing Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling watching the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. The NBA has initiated a charge, Monday, May 19, 2014,  against Sterling, setting up a June 3 hearing after which owners could vote to terminate his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.  (Danny Moloshok, File, Associated Press) FILE- This is a Dec. 19, 2011 file photo showing Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling watching the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. The NBA has initiated a charge, Monday, May 19, 2014, against Sterling, setting up a June 3 hearing after which owners could vote to terminate his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers. (Danny Moloshok, File, Associated Press)

LOS ANGELES — Donald Sterling has agreed to surrender his stake in the Los Angeles Clippers to his estranged wife, and she is moving ahead with selling the team, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday.

The individual, who wasn't authorized to speak publicly about the deal, said that the couple made the agreement after weeks of discussion.

Shelly Sterling is working to resolve the dispute amicably and has been in talks with her attorney and NBA lawyers for the last couple weeks. She wants to "have meaningful control" over the transaction. "She has no plans to sue the NBA," the individual said. "She's trying to make nice."

Commissioner Adam Silver banned Donald Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million because of racist comments. The league has charged him with damaging the league and its teams. It said Sterling has engaged in other conduct that has impaired its relationship with fans and merchandising partners.

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2010 file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling, right, sits with his wife Shelly during the Clippers NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Los Angeles. Donald Sterling has agreed to surrender his stake of the Clippers to his wife, and she is moving forward with selling the team. A person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press Friday. May 23, 2014, that the couple made the agreement after weeks of discussion. The individual wasn't authorized to speak publicly about the agreement.  (Mark J. Terrill, File, Associated Press) FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2010 file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling, right, sits with his wife Shelly during the Clippers NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Los Angeles. Donald Sterling has agreed to surrender his stake of the Clippers to his wife, and she is moving forward with selling the team. A person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press Friday. May 23, 2014, that the couple made the agreement after weeks of discussion. The individual wasn't authorized to speak publicly about the agreement. (Mark J. Terrill, File, Associated Press)

Team owners are moving forward with a vote on whether to terminate his ownership. Sterling has until next Tuesday to respond.

He can appear at a June 3 hearing in New York in front of the other owners. It will take three-quarters of them to terminate Sterling's ownership, and the league says also that of Shelly Sterling.

Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, the board chairman, will preside over the hearing. If three-fourths of the other 29 owners vote to sustain the charge, Sterling will be forced to sell the team he has owned since 1981. Silver has said he is confident he has the 23 votes that are necessary.

If Sterling did not respond to the charge within five business days, or does not appear at the hearing, it would be deemed an admission of the "total validity of the charges as presented," according to the NBA constitution.

Donald Sterling's attorney had asked for a three-month delay, which the league rejected.

Silver said he would prefer if Donald Sterling chose to sell the team on his own, but the process to force a sale is already well underway.

FILE - This is a April 27, 2014 file photo showing Shelley Sterling, wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, watching from a court side seat during the second half in Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Clippers and Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif. Donald Sterling has agreed to surrender his stake of the Clippers to his wife, and she is moving forward with selling the team. A person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press Friday. May 23, 2014, that the couple made the agreement after weeks of discussion. The individual wasn't authorized to speak publicly about the agreement. (Marcio Jose Sanchez, File, Associated Press) FILE - This is a April 27, 2014 file photo showing Shelley Sterling, wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, watching from a court side seat during the second half in Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Clippers and Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif. Donald Sterling has agreed to surrender his stake of the Clippers to his wife, and she is moving forward with selling the team. A person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press Friday. May 23, 2014, that the couple made the agreement after weeks of discussion. The individual wasn't authorized to speak publicly about the agreement. (Marcio Jose Sanchez, File, Associated Press)

NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement Friday that the league is continuing to follow the process for terminating the Clippers' ownership.

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