The L.A. Times is reporting that Donald Sterling still has not signed off on the sale of the Clippers because he has hope that the NBA will rescind his $2.5 million fine and lifetime ban.
The Times is reporting that Sterling initially thought that he was absolved of those penalties before he read a draft of a statement from the league.
“In terms of saying something in a draft press release that indicated they would be dismissing the lifetime ban and the fine, that is not true at all,” said the person, who spoke anonymously because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter. “That doesn’t mean that [Sterling] wouldn’t have read something like that into it.
“But if they interpreted it that way that is wrong and there is no thought of lifting the lifetime ban or the fine being rescinded.”
Reports say Steve Ballmer is still waiting for the Sterlings to sign off on the deal.