Sterlings court fight for Clippers start Monday

Shelly and Donald Sterling (AP File Photo)

Los Angeles Clippers owners Donald Sterling and his estranged wife Shelly face-off in court Monday over the sale of the team.

The ongoing strange and twisted saga involving the Sterlings enters a new phase Monday in California probate court.

Team co-owner Shelly Sterling has been trying to sell the basketball team for a record $2 billion, but her husband opposes the deal.

Ms. Sterling will ask a judge to approve an agreement she reached with billionaire Steve Ballmer.

She negotiated a deal in late May to sell the team after two doctors declared her husband mentally incapacitated.

In April, Donald Sterling was banned from the NBA for life and fined $2.5 million after recordings of him making racist comments were posted online.

The NBA’s board of governors is scheduled to meet July 15 and could approve the sale of the team, if the legal aspects are sorted out.

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