A judge has suggested that terms of Donald Sterling's family trust are clear enough to remove him as a trustee and allow his estranged wife to sell the Los Angeles Clippers without his consent.

At the center of the volatile court battle are reports from three doctors who examined the 80-year-old Sterling and found he shows symptoms of early Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

The judge said the trust agreement provides that if two doctors examined Sterling and found he lacked the capacity to manage his own affairs, he would be removed as a trustee without any provision to contest the decision.

His lawyers argued he should be able to call his own experts at a trial set for July 7.

Sterling's wife, Shelly, is trying to sell the team to former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer, whose offer will expire on Sept. 15.

NBA owners are to meet July 15 to vote on the deal.

-- The Associated Press