"I fully expect to get the support I need from the other NBA owners to remove him," Silver said.
"Adam has the votes – all of them, I believe," a league source told Yahoo Sports.
Several groups hoping to purchase the Clippers are already stepping forward with a bidding war expected to exceed $1 billion for the franchise, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Among those groups, Magic Johnson and Guggenheim Partners will be front and center in pursuit of the Clippers.
"Magic Johnson knows he's always welcome as an owner in this league," Silver said.
Sacramento Kings guard Roger Mason, who is part of the union's governing board, said the players had considered boycotting games and will not be satisfied until Sterling is ousted.