FILE- MAY 29: Former Microsoft chief executive has reportedly reached a deal to but the Los Angeles Clippers for 2 Billion dollars BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 07: Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer speaks at the opening of the Microsoft Center Berlin on November 7, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The Microsoft Center Berlin, part of a new worldwide initiative called Microsoft Ventures, includes support for startups, conference rooms and the company's 'Digital Eatery,' a cafe and showroom on the ground floor that lets customers try out Microsoft products along with locally-sourced dishes. The company is hoping that the venue will help ensure Microsoft has a place in the city's Internet technology scene. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

Los Angeles - Former Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer will buy the Los Angeles clippers basketball team for $2 billion, he announced in a statement Thursday with co-owner Shelly Sterling.

The NBA is forcing the Sterling family to sell the team because of racist comments made by Sterling's husband, Donald Sterling, who is reportedly poised to oppose a sale.

In a joint statement with Ballmer, Shelly Sterling said she was acting as sole trustee of the family, which owns the team, although a lawyer for her husband said he had to sign off on the deal.

“I am delighted that we are selling the team to Steve, who will be a terrific owner,” Shelly Sterling said in the statement.

Ballmer said he loves basketball and will do “everything in my power to ensure that the Clippers continue to win - and win big - in Los Angeles.”

Sapa-AFP