However, the LA Times says the Ballmer deal for the Clippers must be approved by owner Donald Sterling. He's the man whose apparently private conversation with his girlfriend, including racist remarks aimed at blacks in general and Magic Johnson in particular, was recorded and released.
Oddly, Sterling chose yesterday to reveal, as MyFoxLA reported, that he won't sell without a fight.
Those who have long missed basketball in Seattle will wish that Ballmer would move the team there.
However, as the LA Times points out, he has said before that a high valuation for the Clippers only makes sense in the LA market, where the Clippers are currently the more glamorous of the two local NBA teams.
On the other hand, what a twisted move it would be if Donald Sterling only agreed to the sale on condition that the team would move to Seattle, hence feeling he had extracted something (in addition to the money) as his few ounces of flesh.
Ballmer as an NBA owner is surely an exciting prospect.
So many other tech executives -- led by Mark Cuban at the Dallas Mavericks and followed by the likes of Paul Allen at the Portland Trail Blazers, former Apple engineer Robert Pera at the Memphis Grizzlies and Kleiner Perkins VC Joe Lacob at the Warriors -- have made for (mostly) popular owners.
The NBA is clearly trying to accelerate the sale of the Clippers, as it wants to have its image surrounded by a little more positive glow, especially as the playoffs reach their climax.
For Ballmer, though, this would represent a new beginning of sorts and one to which he would surely dedicate much of his legendary enthusiasm.
Of course, there will be those who will muse, like my colleague Rich Brown, that they look forward to "a sprawling Clippers front office comprised of multiple departments that never talk with each other."