Shelly Sterling, co-owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, is pushing for an extremely rapid sale of the team. According to a report in the LA Times, we can expect to hear of a prospective new owner as early as this Friday. That is, if her husband doesn't get in the way first.
The NBA is still planning a June 3 hearing and owner's vote that could strip both Sterlings of their ownership, so selling the team before that time is in their best interest. An NBA spokesperson even says that would be "a preferred outcome." However, her estranged husband Donald Sterling (according to his lawyer) is "not interested in selling. He's going to fight to the bloody end." This is despite reports last week that he had transferred control of the whole team to his wife so that she could negotiate a sale.
California is a quirky state when it comes to marital property. Everything is owned equally in a marriage — including basketball teams. While the mister may have bought the team, the misses now owns half. The Clippers are owned by the Sterling family trust, of which each Sterling has equal ownership. This puts the couple in quite an awkward position: Shelly is trying to sell her half by Friday, while Donald is still planning on taking the NBA to court.