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BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 19: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer responds to a shareholder question during the Microsoft Shareholders Annual Meeting November 19, 2013 in Bellevue, Washington. Bellevue, Washington. The meeting was the last for Steve Ballmer as CEO, of which there have only been two in Microsoft's history. (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON – NOVEMBER 19: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer responds to a shareholder question during the Microsoft Shareholders Annual Meeting November 19, 2013 in Bellevue, Washington. Bellevue, Washington. The meeting was the last for Steve Ballmer as CEO, of which there have only been two in Microsoft’s history. (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — An individual with knowledge of negotiations to sell the Los Angeles Clippers says Shelly Sterling has reached an agreement to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.

The individual, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, told The Associated Press on Thursday that Ballmer and the Sterling Family Trust now have a binding agreement. The deal now must be presented to the NBA.

Shelly Sterling negotiated the sale after her husband, Donald Sterling, made racist remarks that were made public. Donald Sterling must also approve the final agreement as a 50 percent owner. His attorneys say that won’t happen.

Ballmer beat out bids by Guggenheim Partners and a group including former NBA All-Star Grant Hill.

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