Donald Sterling hands control of Clippers to wife

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2010 file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling, right, sits with his wife Shelly during the Clippers NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Los Angeles. Donald Sterling has agreed to surrender his stake of the Clippers to his wife, and she is moving forward with selling the team. A person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press Friday. May 23, 2014, that the couple made the agreement after weeks of discussion. The individual wasn't authorized to speak publicly about the agreement. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2010 file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling, right, sits with his wife Shelly during the Clippers NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Los Angeles. Donald Sterling has agreed to surrender his stake of the Clippers to his wife, and she is moving forward with selling the team. A person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press Friday. May 23, 2014, that the couple made the agreement after weeks of discussion. The individual wasn't authorized to speak publicly about the agreement. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

LOS ANGELES (KXAN/NBC) — Donald Sterling has handed over control of the Los Angeles Clippers to his wife, Shelley, who has plans to sell the team.

NBC News confirmed the power shift Friday.

Shelley Sterling has been negotiating with the NBA about her plans to voluntarily sell the team before a June 3 vote by the NBA Owners that could force her husband to sell the franchise.

Donald Sterling was banned for life by the NBA after a recording surfaced of Sterling making racially charged remarks to his girlfriend.

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