LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A lawyer argued Monday that the estranged wife of Donald Sterling plotted to strip his client from the family trust that owned the Los Angeles Clippers after the head of the NBA said she couldn't negotiate a sale of the franchise unless she owned all the shares.
"That's the beginning of the plan to get rid of Mr. Sterling," attorney Maxwell Blecher, who referred to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver as a co-conspirator, said during his closing argument in the case. "Pure and simple, it was an invidious scheme to strip Donald Sterling as co-trustee so he couldn't block the sale."
The trial will determine whether Shelly Sterling can sell the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. A ruling was expected later in the day.