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Chris Paul Closer To Doc Rivers Than Any Clippers' Teammates

Mar 23, 2017 2:27 PM

Chris Paul is one of the best point guards of all-time but he has been considered a difficult player to play with at various times in his career. 

One team source told Bleacher Report that Paul's hard-driving nature and politician's polish mean "nobody's really friends with Chris."

Paul is also much closer to Doc Rivers than any of his teammates, according to another source.

Both Paul and Blake Griffin are free agents this summer.

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Tags: Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Knicks Committed To Trading Carmelo Anthony In Offseason

Mar 20, 2017 4:24 PM

The New York Knicks are committed to trading away Carmelo Anthony in the summer.

The Knicks explored trade scenarios involving Anthony leading up to the deadline.

Anthony has a full no-trade clause, which means he would have to formally approve any trade.

The Los Angeles Clippers privately expressed confidence they could trade for Anthony in the offseason. 

With the Knicks struggling over the past few seasons, they would like to rebuild entirely around Kristaps Porzingis.

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Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Doc Rivers Denies Report Linking Him To Orlando

Mar 20, 2017 2:47 PM

Doc Rivers has denied a story linking him to the Orlando Magic.

A report from ESPN suggested Rivers could be a candidate to return to the Magic in a general manager/head coach capacity. Rivers began his coaching career with the Magic.

“I want to make this a place where it’s a pride of place,” Rivers said. “I haven’t accomplished that yet. And that’s my goal. That drives me, to make this a destination that people want to come to and you have pride in. I think we’ve improved it greatly, but it’s still not. … I haven’t reached my goal at all, and I’m fully aware of that.”

Rivers joined the Clippers in 2013.

"I can tell you I had a past with the Magic. I have no future [in Orlando]. My future's here."

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Clippers, Heat Interested In Carlos Boozer

Mar 18, 2017 11:56 AM

Carlos Boozer continues to play in the Chinese Basketball Association playoffs for the Guangdong Southern Tigers.

Boozer's performance has reportedly put him back onto the radar of NBA teams.

The Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers are among the teams tracking Boozer.

Boozer is eligible to play in the NBA postseason for anyone who signs him, since he hasn't been on a roster all season, but the one requirement is that he'd have to be signed back home before the NBA regular season ends April 12.

Boozer last played in the NBA in 2015 with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Guangdong Southern, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams

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Magic Could Pursue Doc Rivers For GM/Coach Job

Mar 18, 2017 11:44 AM

The Orlando Magic could pursue Doc Rivers this offseason.

"There has been persistent chatter for weeks over the NBA's front-office grapevine that the Orlando Magic and Rivers will explore a reunion down the road," writes Stein.

Rivers' first head coaching job was with the Magic and he still maintains a home in the area.

Rivers is under contract to serve as Los Angeles Clippers coach and president of basketball operations through the 2018-19 season. 

The Clippers will surely evaluate all aspects of their operation this offseason unless they win a title. The Clippers started the season 14-2 but have struggled with inconsistency and injuries ever since.

Rob Hennigan is widely expected to be fired at the end of the current season as general manager of the Magic. Frank Vogel is in his first season as head coach.

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Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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J.J. Redick: Clippers In A Bad Place Right Now

Mar 17, 2017 11:50 AM

The Los Angeles Clippers are 5-8 since mid-February and have lost three straight.

“I don’t know what to expect from this team anymore,” J.J. Redick said after their loss at Denver. “We’re in a bad place right now. We’re losing games. We’ve been (garbage) since the All-Star break.”

Redick will be one of the many Clippers' free agents and has been considered the most likely candidate to leave the franchise in the offseason.

The Clippers traded for Redick in 2013.

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Tags: J.J. Redick, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA

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Omri Casspi Cleared To Return, Receiving Interest From Grizzlies, Clippers

Mar 14, 2017 11:33 AM

Omri Casspi is drawing interest from multiple playoff teams, including the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers.

Casspi has been cleared to resume basketball activities after his recent thumb injury.

Casspi fractured in his thumb in his first game with the New Orleans Pelicans following his trade from the Sacramento Kings.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Omri Casspi, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Injury

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Chris Paul: Players Were More Comfortable Negotiating This CBA

Mar 7, 2017 11:55 AM

This season, Chris Paul balanced his commitments with the Los Angeles Clippers and as president of the National Basketball Players Association. The NBA and NBPA agreed upon a new CBA without any public issues.

“With all of the stuff on his plate, I really didn’t have much of an expectation that he was going to be able to be available,” Michele Roberts recently told The Vertical. “I would say, ‘Guys, give me an hour and I promise I won’t bug you for a week.’ And his thing was, ‘No. Don’t worry about that, Michele. You just tell us what you need from us and we’ll be there.’ Chris was just remarkably available. It would have been perfectly within his rights to say, ‘Look, I ain’t getting paid for this. Let’s keep it to a minimum.’ But he was always there when I needed him. If I said it was critical that I reach you today, it was done.”

Roberts tried to avoid calling him during his morning drives to drop off his kids at school while Adam Silver was mindful not to plan negotiations for when Paul had games. Steve Ballmer gave Paul the freedom to go wherever he was needed.

Paul tried to keep those moments to a minimum but recalls a wild 24-hour period in which he played a preseason game in Sacramento, immediately caught a private, red-eye flight to New York for a critical meeting between players and owners and then returned to Los Angeles.

“[Paul’s] unique,” James Jones told The Vertical. “The rare breed of guy that can focus and perform on the highest level, on and off the court. We all know how seriously he takes his craft, but he takes the job of union president and looking out for the welfare of the game and players just as serious. There were a lot of late nights, late flights, phone calls, just extra energy, and then just going out there and playing 38 minutes a night, I mean, as if nothing happens. It’s a testament to his character and his integrity. Because he knew when he signed up for it that he’d be juggling heavy weights on both sides. But we got a deal done and that’s largely a byproduct of his leadership.”

Paul sat in on the talks in 2011, which were contentious.

“It wasn’t so much about the pressure. Me and [Jones] talked about it a lot, even when we went into the negotiations, that we just felt a lot better because we understood what the players wanted,” Paul told The Vertical. “It’s like when you study for a test. If you’re unprepared when you go in there, you’re like, ‘Oh my goodness.’ But we were prepared. The biggest thing is, when we went in for the last negotiations, we didn’t say much. We talked here and there, but we didn’t really know what to say or how to look across at those owners and really talk. This time, we were comfortable. We were very comfortable.”

The executive committee now has players representing a cross section of the league, but Roberts wouldn’t deny the influence of having Paul, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Stephen Curry involved in the process.

“That’s not to say the non-marquee guy doesn’t make contributions. That’s nonsense. Of course, they do,” Roberts told The Vertical. “[Mutombo] said, ‘Everybody listens to the marquee players. The players do, the fans do, and the owners do.’ They think, if these guys who are making so much money and have so much made, if it’s important enough for them to commit their time and attention to the [players association], then it must be important, and that’s the logic behind having marquee guys not symbolically engaged. … At some point, Chris is going to break my heart and announce that he’s going to leave the executive committee.”

Paul told The Vertical that he “couldn’t imagine” working through this last round of negotiations with anyone but Roberts. His commitment proved to be worthwhile.

“It’s almost like a service position,” Paul told The Vertical. “It’s phone calls, it’s meetings, on top of tackling our own different things. A lot of times, people hear CBA and they think [basketball-related income] numbers and they think all of those type of things, but there are different things, even as far as the tights guys wear, the socks, that’s on a game-to-game basis, where we have to have these conversations and talk about what the fans may not notice.

“Obviously, we’re players in this league, but it’s about making sure the game continues to go on. It’s a great feeling. I feel like we’ve done our responsibilities.”

Michael Lee/The Vertical

Tags: Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA CBA

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Clippers In Talks With Rams On Arena In Inglewood

Feb 24, 2017 3:52 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have had multiple discussions with the Los Angeles Rams about building an arena in Inglewood.

Representatives of Steve Ballmer and Stan Kroenke have held talks about an arena that could be on the 298-acre site or an adjacent parcel.

An arena would drive traffic to the planned mixed-use development and share parking. The Rams' $2.6 billion staduium will open in 2019.

The Clippers' lease runs through 2024 and Ballmer has long had interest in his own arena.

Inglewood is one of multiple sites the Clippers are exploring in a process that started more than a year ago. 

Ballmer would not want to be a tenant and therefore would need to own the arena land.

One person with knowledge of the discussions said the Forum would be “protected” as part of an agreement if a competing venue were to be built. The person wouldn’t elaborate on what that would entail.

 

Nathan Fenno, Sam Farmer/Los Angeles Times

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Draymond Green To Paul Pierce: You Can't Get No Farewell Tour

Feb 24, 2017 11:04 AM

During the opening minute of the Golden State Warriors' win over the Los Angeles Clippers, Draymond Green began talking trash during a free throw to Paul Pierce sitting on the bench.

“Chasing that farewell tour, they don’t love you like that," said Green. "You can’t get no farewell tour, they don’t love you like that. You ain’t got that type of love. You thought you was Kobe.”


Pierce was critical of Kevin Durant's decision to leave the Thunder for the Warriors in the offseason, which prompted a reply from Green.

"I just wonder at what point do they get bored talking about the same thing. You got all these guys talking. Like (Paul) Pierce today, like, dude nobody care what you did or who you did it for. Just give it a break."

Pierce replied on Twitter after the game.


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Tags: Draymond Green, Paul Pierce, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA

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Clippers, Thunder Continue To Express Interest In Wilson Chandler
Wilson Chandler requested a trade from the Nuggets in early February.

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Chris Paul Could Return This Week From Thumb Surgery
Chris Paul was initially expected to miss six to eight weeks.

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Celtics, Clippers Have 'Intermittently' Held Blake Griffin Talks
The Clippers would seek Jae Crowder, either Avery Bradley or Marcus Smart and multiple picks in exchange for Blake Griffin.

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Bulls Aggressively Shopping Nikola Mirotic
The Clippers are one possible destination for Nikola Mirotic.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Teams Interested In Carmelo Anthony Expect Him To Remain With Knicks
Carmelo Anthony doesn't have a strong interest in changing teams during the middle of the season and hasn't been approached by the Knicks on any trade scenarios.

Adrian Wojarowski/The Vertical

Clippers, Thunder Interested In Wilson Chandler
Both the Clippers and Thunder have limited assets to offer though they'd like to be buyers at the deadline.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Blake Griffin, LeBron James Named Players Of The Week
Blake Griffin won his sixth career Player of the Week award by helping the Clippers to a 2-1 week behind averages of 26.0 points, 10.3 rebounds and 9.3 assists in 35.7 minutes.

RealGM Staff Report

Raptors, Clippers Interested In Trading For Danilo Gallinari
There is a growing belief the Nuggets are prepared trade Danilo Gallinari before the deadline.

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Doc Rivers Talked To Clippers About Carmelo Anthony Rumors
Doc Rivers has had conversations with his team about the rumors involving Carmelo Anthony and told them there's "nothing going on."

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Knicks Continue To Pursue Trade For Kevin Love
The Knicks have been working on three and four-team trades involving Carmelo Anthony.

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Knicks, Clippers Seek Third Team To Facilitate Carmelo Anthony Trade
New York is reluctant to absorb the three years and $42 million left on Jamal Crawford's contract after this season.

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Knicks Open To Dealing Carmelo Anthony To Clippers Without One Of Big 3 In Return
The Knicks technically cannot trade for Blake Griffin because a team cannot have two Designated Rookie Max extensions on a roster acquired via a trade at any time.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Phil Jackson Determined To Trade Carmelo Anthony, Reaches Out To Celtics, Clippers
Phil Jackson wants to begin rebuilding around Kristaps Porzingis.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Chris Mannix/The Vertical

Blake Griffin Expected To Return From Injury Tuesday
The Clippers have compiled a 10-8 record while Blake Griffin has been sidelined.

Kevin Arnovitz/ESPN

Chris Paul Out 6-8 Weeks With Thumb Surgery
Chris Paul will undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb.

RealGM Staff Report

Chris Paul Sprains Left Thumb, X-Rays Negative
The last time Chris Paul sprained his left thumb in season was during the first round of the 2014 playoffs.

Andrew Han/ESPN

Carmelo Anthony Reportedly Would Only Approve Trade To Cavs, Clippers
Carmelo Anthony has an early termination option after the 17-18 season.

Charley Rosen/Fan Rag Sports

Blake Griffin On Track To Return During Last Week Of January
Blake Griffin is on target to return from his routine arthroscopic procedure to remove loose bodies from his right knee on Dec. 20.

Kevin Arnovitz/ESPN

Kevin Garnett Hired By Clippers As Consultant
Kevin Garnett played for Doc Rivers in Boston for six seasons

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Matt Barnes Thought Return To Clippers In 2016 Was 'Done Deal'
Matt Barnes signed a two-year, $12.5 million deal with the Kings.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe