Ballmer in $2.5b deal for Clippers

Former Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer will buy the Los Angeles Clippers for US$2 billion ($2.5b), he said in a release on Thursday.

The Los Angeles Times said Ballmer beat at least two other bidders for the Clippers.

The price, for a team that have never won a championship, would set an NBA record.

The NBA is forcing the family of Donald Sterling to sell the team because of racist comments he made.

In a joint statement, Sterling's wife Shelly said she was acting as sole trustee of the family, who own the team, although a lawyer for her husband said he had to sign off on the deal.

But the Los Angeles Times reported that attorney Bobby Samini said as he left Donald Sterling's home: "There's been no sale. There can be no sale without Donald's signature."

Any deal must be approved by three-quarters of the NBA's other owners. - AFP.