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DeAndre Jordan Not Focused On Contract, Considered 'Key To Championship'

Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are universally known as the Los Angeles Clippers' top two players, but players and coaches believe the X-factor toward an NBA championship is DeAndre Jordan.

“He’s the key to our championship,” Matt Barnes said. “Teams have offensive threats, but when you have a 7-footer that can run the floor, rebound, block shots and change shots, he’s going to be the key.”

Jordan is entering the final year of his four-year, $43 million deal.

“It’s just another season. I don’t want to think about it like that,” Jordan insists. “I don’t think about it like that.”

Everyone knows the issue is there.

“It’s a free agent year. It’s a big year for our team,” Barnes said. “There’s a lot on his plate.”

Via Dan Woike/Orange County Register

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks.com (@ArturoGalletti) go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season. 

Timestamps for the discussion on each team:

Part One

Atlanta Hawks (40.5 wins)- 

2:10

Boston Celtics (26.5 wins)- 

6:13

Brooklyn Nets (41.5 wins)- 

8:58

Charlotte Hornets (45.5 wins)- 

14:35

Chicago Bulls (55.5 wins)- 

16:58

Cleveland Cavaliers (58.5 wins)- 

25:23

Dallas Mavericks (49.5 wins)- 

33:15

Denver Nuggets (40.5 wins)- 

38:36

Detroit Pistons (36.5 wins)- 

43:05

Golden State Warriors (50.5 wins)- 

48:09

Houston Rockets (49.5 wins)- 

54:25

Indiana Pacers (32.5 wins)- 

1:00:46

Los Angeles Clippers (55.5 wins)- 

1:06:32

Los Angeles Lakers (31.5 wins)- 

1:12:07

Memphis Grizzlies (48.5 wins)- 

1:17:25

Miami Heat (43.5 wins)- 

1:21:13

Lightning Round

1:25:43

Click here to listen or download Part 1 

Part Two

Milwaukee Bucks (24.5 wins)- 

1:20

Minnesota Timberwolves (25.5 wins)- 

4:30

New Orleans Pelicans (41.5 wins)- 

9:25

New York Knicks (40.5 wins)- 

14:15

Oklahoma City Thunder (57.5 wins)- 

22:12

Orlando Magic (28.5 wins)- 

28:50

Philadelphia 76ers (15.5 wins)- 

34:52

Phoenix Suns (42.5 wins)- 

40:11

Portland Trail Blazers (48.5 wins)- 

44:01

Sacramento Kings (30.5 wins)- 

46:46

San Antonio Spurs (56.5 wins)- 

49:31

Toronto Raptors (49.5 wins)- 

54:49

Utah Jazz (25.5 wins)- 

58:26

Washington Wizards (49.5 wins)- 

1:01:20

Other bets on the board-

Click here to listen or download Part 2

You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Ballmer Wants To Turn Clippers Into 'America's Team'

Steve Ballmer is thrilled to begin his first season as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Ballmer has received criticism for paying above fair market value for the Clippers at $2 billion.

"The ones who speak up the most think I probably paid too much," said Ballmer. "But there are many smart people I know who would agree with me that I paid a reasonable price… I expect to own this until essentially I die, so that's 25, 30 years (from now). Will it perform as well as the stock market — 'total return,' as they like to say in the investment business? Yeah, I think I'll do as well as if I owned an index fund that represented the S&P 500. That's OK. I won't outperform it, but I'll do at least as well. ... And that's OK with me. That's a pretty good return." 

Ballmer has high hopes for the Clippers becoming one of the favorite teams in the NBA.

"How did the Lakers get to be 'America's team'?" Ballmer says. "(It was) with Magic (Johnson) and championships in the '80s. That's what did it. (The) New York (Yankees) with Babe Ruth in the '20s, and New York with Mickey Mantle in the '60s. ... That's how you do it."

The Clippers have never played in an NBA Finals.

"Yeah, I think we have an opportunity (to be America's team)," he says from the edge of his seat, his pitch on the rise yet again. "But we've really got to light 'em up. We've got incredible superstar guys at the helm in Blake (Griffin) and Chris (Paul) and DJ (DeAndre Jordan). We're playing in a great market. We have this unfortunate situation (with Sterling), and yet all that's done for the forward-looking thing is put the Clippers on everybody's road map.

"Everybody wants this story to end with the guys who had to live through this succeeding!"

Via Sam Amick/USA Today

DeAndre Jordan Looks For New Deal Next Summer, Not Extension Now

The Los Angeles Clippers understand DeAndre Jordan will be looking for a new deal next summer versus signing a contract extension before the start of the regular season.

"He won’t ever accept an extension," Doc Rivers said. "Why would he?

"Everybody, they get what they earn. That’s basically in life and that will happen for D.J."

Jordan averaged 10.4 points, 13.6 rebounds and 2.48 blocks per game last season.

Via Ben Bolch/Los Angeles Times

Lawrence Frank To Join Clippers' Coaching Staff

Lawrence Frank has agreed to a buyout with the Brooklyn Nets and will join the coaching staff of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Frank was previously a member of Doc Rivers' coaching staff with the Boston Celtics.

Via Chris Mannix/Sports Illustrated

Ray Allen Still Undecided On Playing Future; Wizards Among Teams 'Periodically' Reaching Out

Ray Allen is still undecided about playing next season but has several NBA teams awaiting his decision.

The Washington Wizards are among the teams interested in Allen. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers and Chicago Bulls have also reportedly been interested.

The Wizards are "periodically" checking in on Allen.

Via Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Blake Griffin Surprised Clippers Sold For $2 Billion

Blake Griffin was asked about whether he was surprised that the Los Angeles Clippers sold for $2 billion to Steve Ballmer.

"Yeah," Griffin said. "I thought it was gonna go for a lot. I thought it was gonna be in the billions. But I didn't think 2 billion."

Griffin also discussed how Donald Sterling used to bring women inside the Clippers' locker room after games.

"He would bring them in the locker room," Griffin said. "Guys would be in there. The showers are kind of elsewhere. I don't think they would really go back there. But he would bring people in the locker room while we were just in towels. One year he came in and led a "hip hip hooray" chant and held my arm up in the air. Then he went to another teammate and did the same thing. Guys just started scattering as fast as possible. [laughs]."

Via Zach Baron/GQ

RealGM Radio: On The Pacific Division With Winter And Partnow

In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) goes in-depth on the Pacific Division with Jack Winter of Dime Magazine (@ArmstrongWinter) and Seth Partnow of Hoop365, Clipperblog, and the Hardwood Paroxysm Basketball Network (@SethPartnow). 

The three review the summer moves for all five teams including the ownership change for the Los Angeles Clippers and new coaches for the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers.

In addition, they preview the season ahead including ranking the franchises, predicting the number of playoff teams, and selecting breakout players. 

Click here to listen or download

You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Joe Ingles Signs One-Year Deal With Clippers

Joe Ingles has signed a guaranteed minimum one-year deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Ingles drew interest from the NBA with his play in the 2012 Olympics and also had some big games in the World Cup this year.

The wing was most recently with Maccabi Tel Aviv and previously played for Barcelona.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Hedo Turkoglu Re-Signs With Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers have re-signed Hedo Turkoglu.

“We are happy to welcome Hedo back to the Clippers,” Doc Rivers said in a statement. “Hedo is a versatile, veteran presence who contributed to the championship culture we are building in Los Angeles.”

Turkoglu, 35, appeared in 38 games for the Clippers last season after being signed on January 10 and averaged 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 10.0 minutes of play.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Los Angeles Clippers Archives

Charlie Villanueva To Sign With Mavericks After Deciding Between Dallas, Clippers

Charlie Villanueva is nearing a decision on a veteran's minimum deal with either the Mavericks or Clippers, a league source tells RealGM.

Julyan Stone Visiting Lakers For Second Time; Workouts Scheduled With Cavs, Clippers, Heat

Julyan Stone also has scheduled workouts with the Clippers, Cavaliers and Heat, sources said.

Ekpe Udoh To Sign Guaranteed One-Year Deal With Clippers

Ekpe Udoh has reached an agreement on a fully guaranteed veteran-minimum contract with the Clippers for one season, a league source told RealGM.

DeAndre Liggins To Sign Deal With Clippers

DeAndre Liggins has reached agreement with the Clippers on a deal to go to training camp, a league source told RealGM.

Courtney Witte Leaving 76ers To Join Clippers As Scout

Courtney Witte has been the 76ers' director of player personnel for more than a decade and under Sam Hinkie over the past season.

Chris Douglas-Roberts Near Deal With Clippers

Chris Douglas-Roberts had a strong season with Charlotte in 13-14, averaging 6.9 points in 20.7 minutes per game over 49 appearances.

Hedo Turkoglu Close To One-Year Deal With Clippers

Hedo Turkoglu is close to a one-year, $1.4 million deal to re-sign with the Clippers.

Clippers, Spurs Enter Picture For Ray Allen

The Spurs and Clippers have emerged as possible destinations for Ray Allen.

Clippers Release Carlos Delfino

The Clippers released Carlos Delfino on Friday.

Miroslav Raduljica To Be Waived By Clippers

Miroslav Raduljica will be waived by the Clippers on Friday morning, league sources told RealGM.

Doc Rivers, Clippers Agree Upon New Five-Year, $50M Contract

The Clippers have signed Doc Rivers to a contract extension through the 18-19 season.

Clippers Trade Jared Dudley, 1st Round Pick To Bucks For Carlos Delfino, Miroslav Raduljica

The Clippers have traded Jared Dudley to the Bucks, according to a source.

Clippers Won't Change Name Of Franchise

The Clippers will not change the name of the franchise under new owner Steve Ballmer.

Shawn Marion Agrees To Sign With Cavs

Shawn Marion has committed to sign with the Cavaliers.

Shawn Marion Receives Interest From Clippers

The Clippers join the Cavs, Pacers and Heat in their interest in signing Shawn Marion.

Doc Rivers, Steve Ballmer To Start Talks On New Deal

Steve Ballmer and Doc Rivers had been eager to forge a long-term partnership.

Steve Ballmer's Purchase Of Clippers Closes

Steve Ballmer is now the Governor of the Clippers.

Blake Griffin Continuing To Work Out, Back Isn't Fractured

Blake Griffin weighed continuing with USA Basketball until the end of the World Cup on Sept. 14 or being rested for the upcoming Clippers' season.

Sam Cassell Leaving Wizards To Join Clippers' Coaching Staff

Sam Cassell became an assistant with the Wizards in 2009.

Blake Griffin Healing Small Fracture In Back

Blake Griffin is expected to make a full recovery before the Clippers' training camp.
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