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Lawyer says Clippers sale could miss deadline due to Donald Sterling

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling attends the NBA playoff game between the Clippers and the Golden State Warriors on April 21, 2014 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling attends the NBA playoff game between the Clippers and the Golden State Warriors on April 21, 2014 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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A lawyer for the man offering to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion says Donald Sterling's stalling tactics are threatening to doom the sale by pushing it past a contractual deadline.

At a hearing Friday to set parameters for the rest of a probate trial, Adam Streisand implored the judge to make a swift decision when hearings conclude July 28.

He says the final deadline to close the deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was extended by a month, but "the deal ends on Aug. 15."

In spite of the looming deadline, Sterling's attorney, Gary Ruttenberg, asked to further delay proceedings, insisting the case "has been railroaded on a bullet train."

Outside court, Streisand said that Sterling's refusal to sell the team is "a suicide mission by a madman."