Ster­ling ‘very happy’ with set­tle­ment


For­mer Clip­pers owner Don­ald Ster­ling dropped his law­suit that claimed the NBA, his wife and oth­ers con­spired to il­le­gally sell the team for $2 bil­lion.

Ster­ling’s lawyer, Bobby Samini, said he filed a re­quest Fri­day to have the fed­eral ap­peals case dis­missed.

Samini said a set­tle­ment was reached. He wouldn’t re­veal de­tails but said Ster­ling was “very happy with the out­come.”

How­ever, the lawyer for Ster­ling’s wife, Shelly Ster­ling, called it a ca­pit­u­la­tion.

Mes­sages seek­ing NBA com­ment weren’t im­me­di­ately re­turned.

Ster­ling was banned from the NBA for life in 2014 af­ter it was re­vealed he’d made racist re­marks to a friend.

His an­titrust suit was filed in 2014 af­ter his wife agreed to sell the Clip­pers to for­mer Mi­crosoft CEO Steve Ballmer. A judge dis­missed the suit in March.

The Mavericks’ Dirk Now­itzki and Deron Wil­liams will miss both ends of a back-to-back that started Fri­day night against the Grizzlies, coach Rick Carlisle said. Now­itzki is mak­ing progress from a sore right Achilles and Wil­liams ag­gra­vated a left calf strain, Carlisle said.

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