Toronto ties the series with Cleveland at 2 all. Draymond Green avoids suspension, and why that was the right call (25:00). Plus, the New York Knicks (34:00) and Los Angeles Clippers (57:00) offseason cap previews. Can and should the Knicks trade Carmelo Anthony, whom should they target with their projected $28 million in cap space, and how can they bring back Langston Galloway and Lance Thomas. For the Clippers, Jamal Crawford, Jeff Green, and Austin Rivers are free agents; why it's critical the Clippers avoid paying them too much so they can add other pieces to their team, plus what 2017 looks like when Paul and Griffin are free agents.
Los Angeles Clippers Wiretap
After the Los Angeles Clippers were eliminated from the playoffs, Doc Rivers said he wouldn't trade Chris Paul, Blake Griffin or DeAndre Jordan this offseason.
Rivers was asked if he's concerned taking that type of stance boxes him into a corner.
"I don't worry about the corner thing, ever. I'm always gonna do what's good for the team," said Rivers. "You don't ever do anything but that. But I feel like the best thing for the team right now is to keep them together. Can that change? Of course it can change. But I don't think it will."
The Clippers remain contenders in the Western Conference but they have yet to take a big step forward around their Big 3.
Blake Griffin will not participate in the upcoming USA Basketball Team training camps and exhibition tour this summer.
Griffin underwent a bone marrow procedure on his left quad tendon on April 27 and has already begun the rehabilitation process with the expectation that he will be ready for the start of the 2016-17 NBA season.
Griffin initially suffered the quad injury on December 25th.
Doc Rivers insists he will not break up the Los Angeles Clippers' big three of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.
"I like our core and I like our bench, which was really good this year," Rivers said.
"I think they all want to come back, and we're going to make a strong effort to bring all our guys back. The good news about the free-agent guys who are opting out on their contracts - as they should because everyone knows what we can spend and what we can't spend - I can't find one who doesn't want to be here."
The Clippers were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Portland Trail Blazers.
"We're close, and we know that," Rivers said. "We have a priority of trying to just keep making our team better. Obviously because of the injuries - Blake's in particular - we literally don't know what we could have done. Even during the playoffs, he still wasn't a hundred percent."
The Denver Nuggets were perhaps the team who advanced furthest with the Los Angeles Clippers in exploring a trade for Blake Griffin before the trade deadline.
The offer of the Nuggets and what the Clippers were seeking for Griffin were not close and talks gained no traction.
The Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics also inquired with the Clippers on Griffin.
Griffin's injuries have played a factor in how rival teams perceive his value.
Paul Pierce says he's "50-50" on whether he'll retire this offseason.
Pierce signed a three-year, $10 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers last offseason.
Pierce struggled in his first season with the Clippers after a successful run in 14-15 with the Washington Wizards. Pierce's PER dropped from 15.1 with the Wizards to 8.2 with the Clippers and his minutes fell to under 20 per game.
Blake Griffin re-aggravated the injury to the tendon in left quadriceps on Monday and will miss the remainder of the playoffs.
Griffin played in 35 games in the 2015-16 regular season, averaging 21.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.
Chris Paul underwent surgery for a fracture in the third metacarpal, in the center of his right hand. He will be re-evaluated in 4-6 weeks.
Paul suffered the injury while defending Trail Blazers guard Gerald Henderson and was taken out of the game with 6:07 left in the third quarter of Game 4, which evened the series at 2-2.
He averaged 23.8 points and 7.8 assists through four games of the series and also served as the primary defender on Damian Lillard.
Paul Pierce had a postseason DNP-CD in the Los Angeles Clippers' Game 2 win. It was the first of his career as his minutes continue to decline.
Pierce averaged just 18.1 minutes per game this season, scoring 6.1 points and connecting on 36.3 percent of his shots.
Pierce hopes to influence the Clippers even as a mentor but he's frustrated not to be out there.
"It is what it is," Pierce told The Vertical, his voice trailing off. "It is what it is. It's difficult. As a competitor, you want to compete and help your team win. A close game – I've been in those situations lots of times. When you have competed at a high level, it's difficult."
This playoffs run with the Clippers could be the final games of Pierce's career.
"The last few years it has been an end-of-the-season decision," Pierce told The Vertical. "I'll make that decision after this season, too."
Few within the Clippers' organization would be surprised if Pierce decides to retire.
The Sacramento Kings plan on interviewing Mike Woodson for their head coaching vacancy.
The Kings sought and were granted permission by the Clippers to meet with Woodson as he's currently an assistant coach with the franchise. Woodson was previously a head coach with the New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks.
The Kings also have interest in Vinny Del Negro, Kevin McHale and Mark Jackson, among others.
The Kings are replacing George Karl, who was fired after a 33-49 season.