The Los Angeles Clippers are officially out of the liver spotted hands of Donald Sterling and belong to Steve Ballmer. After a court ruling that the Clippers now belonged to Ballmer, the new owner of the team is wasting no time in making sure the winning ways of the recent past are built upon in the proper way.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo! Sports, the Clippers and Rivers will begin contract extension talks now that Donald Sterling is officially out and Steve Ballmer is officially the new owner of the team.
In the wake of owner Steve Ballmer gaining governorship control of the Los Angeles Clippers, discussions on a contract extension for Doc Rivers are expected to commence soon, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Woj goes on to point out that these contract talks have been pending for a while as the last leg of Donald Sterling’s ill-fated attempt to keep the Clippers played out.
Ballmer and Rivers had been eager to forge a long-term partnership, and a California court confirming the authority of Shelly Sterling to sell the franchise on behalf of the Sterling Family Trust has cleared the way to work toward a new deal.
It’s probably the best way to start the Steve Ballmer era in Clippers history, as the man wants to win titles in Los Angeles and Ballmer knows that Doc Rivers is the only man for the job. Getting Rivers an extension would be huge and would go a long way in marking the start of a clean slate for the Clippers.
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