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Wednesday, May 7, 2014
NBA committee moves ahead with CEO search

By Arash Markazi

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The NBA’s advisory/finance committee held its second meeting about the future of the Los Angeles Clippers and team owner Donald Sterling on Wednesday.

The committee reviewed the status of the search for a new CEO of the Clippers, was updated on meetings held this week between NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum and Clippers employees addressed the process and timing regarding the termination of Sterling’s ownership of the team. The committee will reconvene next week, the league announced.

The league's 10-member committee held a conference call last week to discuss "the process for termination of Donald T. Sterling's ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers," NBA executive vice president Mike Bass said in a statement. "The committee unanimously agreed to move forward as expeditiously as possible and will reconvene next week."

NBA commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million last week for making racist comments.

On Tuesday, the NBA announced that Clippers president Andy Roeser was taking an indefinite leave of absence, effective immediately.

Sterling's wife, Shelly, released a statement saying she endorsed the NBA’s move to put Roeser on an indefinite leave of absence and was working with the NBA in the search for the new CEO. The league had no comment on her statement.