Winners, losers of Sterling saga

Who ultimately comes out on top or at the bottom of Clippers' sordid mess?

Updated: June 2, 2014, 4:34 PM ET
By Larry Coon | ESPN Insider

Steve BallmerNoel Vasquez/Getty ImagesSteve Ballmer and Adam Silver deftly negotiated themselves through the Donald Sterling mess.

A lot has transpired in the month since Donald Sterling's audio recordings were made public, but with a likely new owner in place, things seem to be drawing to a close. Steve Ballmer's $2 billion bid to buy the team still has to be approved by the NBA's Board of Governors, and Donald Sterling has  sued the league (although most legal experts agree his complaint has very little merit), and there might be issues to work out regarding Donald's competency and Shelly Sterling's ability to act on behalf of the Sterling trust. But at least we have a sense of how things are likely to play out.

Let's take a look at the winners and losers in this whole sordid mess.

Larry Coon is the author of the NBA Salary Cap FAQ.