Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling met with Steve Ballmer yesterday for the first time since the former Microsoft CEO made his record $2 billion bid for the NBA franchise.
Reports suggest the pair held a friendly conversation at Sterling’s Beverley Hills home, which lasted for around 90 minutes.
The move came as a shock to many who had been preparing for the disgraced Clippers owner to file a new suit against the NBA on Monday.
The NBA banned Sterling back in May in the wake of his racist comments towards African-Americans but the 81-year-old continues to challenge the sale of the franchise.
And only last week NBA commissioner Adam Silver warned that the sale of the Clippers might not be complete by the start of the new season.
The meeting with Ballmer however at least shows that Sterling is willing to meet potential buyers outside of the courtroom.