Donald Sterling won’t get to fight for his Los Angeles Clippers in front of NBA owners next week. His only chance now is in court.

He could just pocket about $1 billion, his share of the proceeds from the record-breaking sale of a team that the league was prepared to take away from him. But don’t count on it. His lawyers say he’ll fight the league and his family to keep the team he bought for just $12 million in 1981.

His estranged wife Shelly Sterling negotiated the deal to sell the Clippers for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, saying she owns half the team and controls the family trust.

On Friday, the NBA canceled next week’s hearing to oust Sterling, instead moving forward to vote on whether to approve the sale to Ballmer. Also Friday, Sterling’s attorneys filed a federal lawsuit against the league and Commissioner Adam Silver, asking for damages in excess of $1 billion.

The lawsuit says Donald Sterling is still a co-trustee and doesn’t want to sell the team.The suit alleges that the NBA violated Sterling’s constitutional rights by relying on information from an illegal recording that publicized racist remarks he made to a girlfriend. It also says the league committed a breach of contract by fining Sterling $2.5 million and that it violated antitrust laws by forcing a sale.

The ownership hearing had been scheduled for next Tuesday after the NBA charged Sterling with damaging the league with his racist comments.

SPURS LOSE GUARD — Spurs guard Tony Parker missed the second half of Game 6 of the Western Conference finals because of left ankle soreness.

Parker had eight points in the first half Saturday. Cory Joseph replaced him in San Antonio’s lineup.