Judge Says Sterling Battle Easy Decision – NBA Roundup
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has suggested that terms of Donald Sterling's family trust are clear enough to remove him as a trustee and allow his estranged wife to sell the Los Angeles Clippers without his consent.
At the center of the volatile court battle are reports from three doctors who examined the 80-year-old Sterling and found he shows symptoms of early Alzheimer's disease and dementia. The judge said the trust agreement provides that if two doctors examined Sterling and found he lacked the capacity to manage his own affairs, he would be removed as a trustee without any provision to contest the decision.
His lawyers argued he should be able to call his own experts at a trial set for July 7.
Sterling's wife, Shelly, is trying to sell the team to former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer, whose offer will expire on Sept. 15. NBA owners are to meet July 15 to vote on the deal.
UNDATED (AP) — Tim Duncan apparently isn't ready to retire.
A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that the Spurs forward is exercising the option on his contract and will continue to play for San Antonio next season.
The 38-year-old won his fifth championship with the Spurs earlier this month, leading to some speculation that he could retire after 17 seasons in the league. But many also expected Duncan to return next season because he continues to play at a high level.
Duncan will make $10.3 million next season as part of a contract designed to allow the Spurs to surround him with top-flight talent.
NEW YORK (AP) — The agent for Carmelo Anthony says his client "loves being a Knick" but that the former Syracuse star is headed for free agency because he wants to explore his options.
The All-Star forward had a Monday deadline to terminate the final year of his contract and had informed the team he would do so.
NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say New York Knicks' point guard Raymond Felton is expected to plead guilty in a felony gun possession case in exchange for a sentence of community service and a $5,000 fine. Felton was in a Manhattan court Monday when prosecutors outlined the agreement. The plea date is to be set at a June 30 court session.