Winners, losers of Sterling saga

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

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.