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Clippers Would Have Signed Kevin Garnett, Interested In Giving Him Post-Playing Role

Sep 23, 2016 9:34 PM

Doc Rivers would have had interest in the Los Angeles Clippers signing Kevin Garnett had he decided to continue his playing career with a team other than the Minnesota Timberwolves.

"He doesn't want to play," Rivers said. "I'm sure he won't play again. I think he realized, 'Why am I doing this?'

 

"I would have absolutely been interested in bringing him here. You always find a place for a guy like that, whose voice in the locker room is so strong, so clear, so impactful.

"He's such a great teacher in practice. He should start a course in leadership. The NBA should designate who the best player is on each team and then they could bring Kevin in and he could teach them how to be the best player and the best leader. Better yet, they could bring him and Tim [Duncan] in and they could teach it together and show people how it can be done in two completely opposite ways."

Garnett was encouraged by friend, confidant and former coach Flip Saunders to sign a two-year, $16 million contract with the Timberwolves in 2015.

Garnett was visibly upset when told Sam Mitchell would not be retained. His strained relationship with current owner Glen Taylor further deteriorated after Mitchell's ouster.

Taylor acknowledged this week that he hadn't spoken with Garnett for months. 

Garnett will stay in the game in some capacity, Rivers confirmed, and said he's already thinking up ways to bring him into the Clippers fold. Garnett has a home in Malibu, California.

"I'm going to offer him something," Rivers said. "I don't want to say too much right now. I just know he'd be a great asset to any team."

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Tags: Kevin Garnett, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Clippers Agree To Camp Deal With Xavier Munford

Sep 21, 2016 4:12 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to sign Xavier Munford to a camp deal.

Munford averaged 5.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 17.4 minutes over 14 games with the Memphis Grizzlies last season.

Munford played for the Los Angeles Lakers in Summer League in each of the past two seasons.

Munford went undrafted out of Rhode Island in 2014.

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Tags: Xavier Munford, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Clippers Nearing Deal To Retain Streaming Rights

Sep 15, 2016 12:14 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers are nearing a deal with Prime Ticket that will allow the team to retain streaming rights. If the deal goes through, the Clippers will be the first major franchise to retain streaming rights.

Steve Ballmer was recently given a take-it-or-leave-it offer by Prime Ticket lasting two years.

The Clippers’ past deal with Prime Ticket ended in June.

Under the current terms, only current Prime Ticket customers would be allowed to stream the games.

Josh Kosman/New York Post

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Doc Rivers: DeAndre Jordan 'Seems Himself Now As A Star'

Sep 10, 2016 7:25 PM

Doc Rivers hopes the Olympic experience of DeAndre Jordan improves his game with the Clippers this season.

Jordan was a First Team All-NBA selection this past season.

“He sees himself now as a star,” Rivers said. “As good as he is, I don’t think he’s ever seen himself as one. He’s always been the third guy so he’s looked at himself as a role player in some ways. Now he knows how good he is and I think any time you’re around winning, it’s important, and I think DJ now knows what winning looks like.

“Of all our guys, I think he’s the most important guy this summer for us.”

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA

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Clippers Hire Monte Mathis As Scout

Sep 7, 2016 2:34 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have hired Monte Mathis as a scout under Lawrence Frank.

Mathis has previously been an assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks and Orlando Magic.

Frank moved to a front office role this offseason for the Clippers.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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Paul Pierce Still Undecided About Playing In 16-17

Sep 6, 2016 8:45 PM

Paul Pierce remains undecided about continuing his NBA career this season.

"Depends on the day I talk to him. Paul has had the summer, he's gone back and forth," Doc Rivers said while back in Boston to host the annual ABCD Hoops Dream fundraiser at TD Garden. "I think he has a right to do that. I really do.

"Paul didn't have the best year last year. I don't think he wants to go out that way. So I think that's why he's working to try to come back. But he still may change his mind next week. So we just have to wait. I told him if I see him at training camp, I'm assuming he's playing."

Pierce has two seasons and $7 million remaining on his contract with the Clippers.

Rivers believes Pierce should sign a one-day contract with the Boston Celtics when he does finally decide to retire.

Chris Forsberg/ESPN

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

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Paul Hewitt Hired By Clippers As Scout

Sep 2, 2016 11:38 AM

The Los Angeles Clippers have hired Paul Hewitt as a scout.

Hewitt was previously head coach at Georgia Tech and George Mason.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Blake Griffin: I Didn't Deserve Summer Break

Sep 1, 2016 12:18 PM

Blake Griffin didn't take much time off this summer as he looks to bounce back from an injury-plagued season.

Griffin was a guest this week on J.J. Redick's podcast.

“I took a week off after I had surgery and then started rehab a week after that, and I’ve been going all the way through,” Griffin said. “I actually just got back from vacation, so I took a week off there, so basically two weeks (off) this whole summer. I kind of had in my mind, I’m just going to go all the way through. In my mind, I didn’t deserve a summer break.”

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Tags: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA

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RealGM Radio: Pacific Division With Kevin Pelton, Ben Golliver

Aug 27, 2016 4:29 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Kevin Pelton of ESPN Insider (@kpelton) and Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated (@BenGolliver) break down the Pacific Division.

In the offseason review, they pick who got better and worse, discuss notable moves (17:22) and pick the rookies they are most excited to see (42:34).

In the season preview, they rank the teams 1-5 (53:44), predict how many playoff teams will come out of the Pacific (1:02:35), choose breakout players (1:16:00) and much more.

 

 

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Report: Blake Griffin Expects To Re-Sign With Clippers In 2017

Aug 23, 2016 7:30 PM

Blake Griffin plans to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2017 offseason when he becomes a free agent.

The Clippers can offer Griffin more guaranteed money than any rival team and they've remained on the fringes of title contention for several seasons.

Griffin reportedly doesn't have interest in considering other teams, at least at this point.

Doc Rivers is confident the Clippers will be able to re-sign both Griffin and Chris Paul.

Steve Kyler/Basketball Insiders

Tags: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Chris Paul Puts Bel-Air Mansion For Sale At $11.495M
Chris Paul has since bought another home in Calabasas for $8.995 million.

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Paul Pierce Planning On Playing In 16-17
Paul Pierce has wavered with his decision for most of the summer and could again change his mind.

Dan Woike/Los Angeles Daily News

Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan Have Grown Closer During Team USA
Kevin Durant considers DeAndre Jordan one of his best friends in the NBA.

Michael Lee/The Vertical

Thunder Expected To Pursue Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin is originally from Oklahoma but has played his entire NBA career for the Clippers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Alan Anderson Agrees To Sign With Clippers On One-Year, $1.5M Deal
Alan Anderson was limited to 13 games last season after undergoing multiple surgeries on his ankles.

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Clippers Were Told They Were In Top-3 On Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant was reportedly "blown away" by the presentation of the Clippers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Doc Rivers: It's Been Miraculous How We've Built With Minimum Contract Players
The general manager tenure of Doc Rivers with the Clippers has been uneven as he tries to build a supporting cast around Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Doc Rivers Hopes Blake Griffin Ends Career With Clippers
Doc Rivers says the Clippers aren't receiving calls on Blake Griffin because teams know he's unavailable.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Clippers Exploring Sites For New Arena In Los Angeles
One area of interest for the Clippers is on the Westside of Los Angeles.

Kevin Arnovitz, Marc Stein/ESPN

Paul Pierce Planning On Playing In 16-17
A second source says Paul Pierce has yet to make a final decision and will wait a few more weeks.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Thunder Hope To Pair Blake Griffin With Russell Westbrook In 2017
Blake Griffin is a native of Oklahoma but he's spent his entire NBA career with the Clippers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Clippers Waive Branden Dawson
Branden Dawson appeared in six games with the Clippers in 2015-16, averaging 0.8 points and 0.7 rebounds in 4.8 minutes.

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Brandon Bass Agrees Upon One-Year Deal With Clippers
Brandon Bass spent last season with the Lakers, averaging 7.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 20.3 minutes per game.

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Clippers Waive Devyn Marble
Devyn Marble was acquired in a trade from the Magic along with a 2020 second round pick in exchange for guard CJ Wilcox.

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Clippers Close To C.J. Wilcox For Devyn Marble Trade With Magic
The Clippers are finalizing a trade to acquire Devyn Marble and a 2020 second round pick from the Magic for C.J. Wilcox and cash.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Raymond Felton, Clippers Agree Upon Deal
Raymond Felton spent the past two seasons with the Mavericks, averaging 27.4 minutes per game in 15-16.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Paul Pierce Expects To Play Next Season
Paul Pierce signed a three-year, $10.6 million deal with the Clippers last offseason.

Ben Bolch/Los Angeles Times

Marreese Speights Agrees To One-Year Deal With Clippers
Marreese Speights spent the last two seasons with the Warriors as a rotation center.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Ray Allen Considering NBA Return, Reaches Out To Cavs, Warriors
Ray Allen would also consider playing for the Spurs and Clippers.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Clippers Agree To Two-Year, $4.5M Deal With Luc Mbah A Moute
The Clippers will use their bi-annual exception to re-sign Luc Mbah a Moute.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical