AP source: Steve Ballmer met with Donald Sterling

Linda Deutsch and Tami Abdollah, AP Special Correspondent
July 22, 2014
Testimony ends in trial over $2B Clippers sale

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2011 file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling watches the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. The future of the Clippers is closer to decision as testimony resumes Monday, July 21, 2014, in a probate trial over whether a deal negotiated by Donald Sterling's estranged wife to sell the team for $2 billion is authorized under a Sterling family trust. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A person close to the case says Steve Ballmer has met with Donald Sterling, who is resisting selling the Los Angeles Clippers to the former Microsoft CEO for $2 billion.

The person spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

The person says the meeting Monday afternoon lasted 90 minutes at Donald Sterling's Beverly Hills home and was held at his request. Sterling's attorneys, an attorney for his estranged wife Shelly Sterling and Ballmer's attorney were also present.

The person says niceties were exchanged but no agreement was reached.

The meeting came as the parties prepared to return to a trial over whether Shelly Sterling has sole authority to sell the team.