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  •  Far from impossible (4+ / 0-)
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    fou, Hey338Too, chimpy, doroma

    there are still only 30 NBA teams, and being an owner has rewards that aren't limited to money.  What does Sterling care about money now?  He's 80 and independently wealthy.

    A team with high draft position and salary cap space is also very attractive to buyers.  

    Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

    by Loge on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 08:03:42 AM PDT

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    •  Lobe - the Clippers don't have a high (2+ / 0-)
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      fou, cardboardurinal

      draft position. I don't think you will see the NBA declare all the players free agents. At least not initially. My guess is that the NBA would like a quick and orderly sale of the franchise.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 08:09:31 AM PDT

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      •  But there's no way the NBA can force him to sell. (2+ / 0-)
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        lunachickie, VClib

        Seems to me that the only thing they can do is suspend Sterling, fine him and encourage his sponsors to leave.

      •  they will have a high draft position if (1+ / 0-)
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        Paul, Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan leave . . .

        The bigger issue is you have 12 players on the roster, 3 of whom are highly sought after, and 30 teams.  Someone's getting quite a windfall.  What would you do about Salary cap / luxury tax for teams signing them?  And Does the League really want two shitty teams in Los Angeles?  I think it's a valid threat if Sterling doesn't sell, though, maybe go the restricted free agent route, let them test the market.  The Clips couldn't match what each of their 12 guys would get on an open market, but that'd still leave a few players stuck on the team.  On balance, though, if Sterling doesn't sell and the league finds it can't force it, the greater harm is to leave players stuck.  Of course a quick and orderly sale is what the NBA wants, but that's not the only factor.  

        My point is simply that a buyer would rather get a team like the Sixers, who are awful but very well positioned for the future, than a team like the Pacers who are on the way down.

        Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

        by Loge on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 08:31:59 AM PDT

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    •  What Sterling and most other very wealthy people (3+ / 0-)
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      care about is impressing other very wealthy people.  It's a giant pissing contest to be top dog, or as close to it as possible.

      •  How's he doing at that lately? (1+ / 0-)
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        And who doesn't want to impress his or her socio-economic peers.

        The interesting thing with the NBA is all the old-boys owners in the ligg when Sterling bought are all gone.  The recent buyers have been biotech, media, and private equity guys.  They have their own sins, but I imagine they regard an 80 year old slumlord with a 25 year old girlfriend as somewhat declasse.

        Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

        by Loge on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 09:07:33 AM PDT

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