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Clippers Plan On Using Lance Stephenson As Primary Wing Defender

Oct 6, 2015 11:47 AM

The Los Angeles Clippers plan on using Lance Stephenson to defend bigger wings like Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard.

“Lance is absolutely our no. 1 option against all those guys,” said Doc Rivers.

The Clippers also plan on having Stephenson defend bigger point guards to give Chris Paul a rest on that side of the floor.

The concern with Stephenson is whether he'll hurt the Clippers' spacing on offense.

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Tags: Lance Stephenson, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Clippers Waive Nikoloz Tskitishvili

Oct 3, 2015 3:53 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have waived Nikoloz Tskitishvili after one preseason game.

Tskitishvili had been playing in Lebanon and hadn't appeared in an NBA game since the 05-06 season.

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Tags: Nikoloz Tskitishvili, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Paul Pierce Likely To Retire If Clippers Win 2016 Title

Sep 26, 2015 3:21 PM

Paul Pierce will likely retire if the Los Angeles Clippers win the 2016 NBA championship.

Pierce signed a three-year, $10 million deal with the Clippers this past offseason to reunite with Doc Rivers in his hometown of Los Angeles.

"If we win this year -- win a championship -- I'll probably be done with basketball, just to be honest," Pierce said at Clippers media day Friday. "It would be a dream -- to be home, to be able to carry the championship trophy down Manchester Boulevard -- it would be a dream come true. I'm excited for this moment."

After 15 seasons with the Boston Celtics, Pierce is now with his third team in as many seasons.

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

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Doc Rivers: Losing DeAndre Jordan Was My 'Front-Office Wake-Up Call'

Sep 24, 2015 12:51 PM

Doc Rivers admits losing DeAndre Jordan to the Dallas Mavericks was a "wake-up call" for how he approaches front office responsibilities. 

"Losing him would've always gnawed at me," Rivers told Yahoo Sports. "But it wouldn't have stopped me. I would've said, 'F--- that, we're going to figure out a way to get this right.' But it also triggered something else for me. It might have been my front-office wake-up call. I was not a pleasant guy to me, or my staff, after I thought we lost him – and even after we got him back. We had a lot of 'come-to-Jesus' meetings.

"I told them, and told myself: 'We've got to get f------ better. I don't care if we don't like how this was done, or we thought there was some injustice. We didn't get him. We've got to be f------ better.'

"And we rolled up our sleeves, and we got better. Listen, maybe it's because when we got here, the team was pretty good and we didn't think we had to get that much better. I don't know why. At end of the day, even the way D.J. did it, it turned out to be a blessing for our franchise. For me, it made me understand fully, 'We've got to do this f------ right, and build this team. It's our responsibility.'

"For our team, it probably fast-forwarded something that would've had to start to happen next week in training camp. … The communication."

The Los Angeles Clippers ultimately re-signed Jordan after he rescinded his agreement with the Mavericks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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Mark Cuban: Doc Rivers' Professional Life Was Over If He Didn't Get DeAndre Jordan

Sep 22, 2015 5:54 PM

Mark Cuban was asked to respond to comments from Doc Rivers in which he expressed the sentiment that Cuban didn't handle the DeAndre Jordan situation very well.

“It shows you what someone will do when their entire future is vanishing in front of them," said Cuban. "His professional life was over if he didn’t get DJ. He did what he needed to do.”

Jordan backed out of his agreement in the offseason with the Dallas Mavericks to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Tags: Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA

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Clippers Expect To Keep Jamal Crawford For Entire 15-16 Season

Sep 12, 2015 6:38 PM

Jamal Crawford's name has appeared in trade rumors throughout the offseason, but Doc Rivers said he intends to keep him.

"I've heard all the rumors about Jamal going other places," Rivers said. "Jamal's a Clipper and I would be very surprised if he's not a Clipper by the season's end."

Fred Roggin of The Beast 980 asked him again: "You're planning on keeping him right now?"

"Yeah," Rivers responded. "Yeah. Absolutely."

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Tags: Jamal Crawford, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Gillian Zucker Reportedly Creating Divisions Within Clippers

Sep 8, 2015 2:46 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have had issues of "dysfunction" within their franchise, according to a Tweet from Bill Simmons.

TMZ reported that the issues center around Gillian Zucker, the Clippers' president of business operations.

Zucker was the first major hire by Steve Ballmer and several players and key staffers believe she's infringing on Doc Rivers' area of the team and also creating a divide.

Zucker has become involved in areas like player development and playing time decisions.

"This is the first I've heard of this," said Zucker. "I think the lines between [basketball and business] are very clear."

Simmons also indicated that over 10 longtime employees were fired or quit because of Zucker, while she's also had issues with the Clippers' sponsors and the NBA itself.


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Clippers Working On Creating Mascot

Sep 2, 2015 1:45 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers are in the planning stages of having a team mascot.

They are unlikely to have the mascot ready for opening night, but they hope to have it in place by the All-Star break.

The Clippers' mascot would attend community events to represent the team in addition to game duties.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

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Chuck Hayes Agrees To One-Year Deal With Clippers

Aug 31, 2015 5:47 PM

Chuck Hayes has agreed to sign a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Hayes had previously agreed to a deal with the Houston Rockets.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

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DeAndre Jordan Parts Ways With Agent

Aug 31, 2015 5:26 PM

DeAndre Jordan has parted ways with Relativity Sports.

Jordan has been represented by Dan Fegan and Jarin Akana.

Jordan backed out of his deal with the Dallas Mavericks to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Relativity Sports will still receive four percent of Jordan's four-year, $88 million contract.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

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Steve Ballmer Rejects $60M Annual TV Deal To Start Streaming Option
The Clippers are currently aired to approximately five million Los Angeles-area homes through Fox Sports' Prime Ticket.

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Chris Singleton Receiving Interest From Clippers
Chris Singleton spent the 14-15 season with the Jiangsu Dragons and then in the D-League with the Blue.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Ryan Hollins Receiving Interest From Kings, Wizards, Clippers
Ryan Hollins has most recently played for the Kings and Clippers.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Clippers Remain Interested In Signing Glen Davis
Doc Rivers spoke with agents for Glen Davis earlier this week, but no deal has been reached.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

NBA Fines Clippers $250,000 For Probited Endorsement Offer To DeAndre Jordan
The NBA's investigation concluded that the presentation of this opportunity had no impact on DeAndre Jordan's decision to re-sign with the Clippers.

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Knicks, Cavs Interested In Trading For Jamal Crawford
Jamal Crawford is entering the final season of his current contract with the Clippers.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Donald Sterling Files For Divorce
Donald Sterling also filed a petition in probate court for an accounting and distribution of assets related to the $2 billion sale of the Clippers to Steve Ballmer.


Clippers Waive Jordan Hamilton
Jordan Hamilton appeared in 14 games with the Clippers last season, making two starts and averaging 2.7 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 8.7 minutes.

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Dwight Howard, Chris Paul Plan To Attend Team USA Minicamp
Dwight Howard was Team USA's starting center on the 2008 gold medal team.

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Pablo Prigioni Agrees To Deal With Clippers
Pablo Prigioni has reached agreement with the Clippers on a deal, a league source tells RealGM's Shams Charania.

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Josh Smith, Clippers Reach Agreement
Josh Smith and the Clippers are finalizing terms on their agreement, league sources tell RealGM's Shams Charania.

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Lester Hudson Waived By Clippers
Lester Hudson appeared in five regular season games, averaging 3.6 points, 1.0 assists, and 1.6 rebounds in 11.2 minutes.

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Clippers Sign 2nd Round Pick Branden Dawson
Branden Dawson appeared in four of the Clippers games at the recently completed Orlando Summer League and averaged 12.8 points and 10.3 rebounds in 25.5 minutes.

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Cole Aldrich Signs With Clippers
Cole Aldrich averaged 5.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last season for the Knicks, posting career highs in both categories.

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Cuban: Never Thought I Had To Quarantine DeAndre
Mark Cuban, Chandler Parsons and Dan Fegan were with DeAndre Jordan at his house in Pacific Palisades when the initial decision was made.

Ramona Shelburne/Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Austin Rivers, Clippers Agree Upon Two-Year, $6.4M Deal
Austin Rivers was acquired by the Clippers in February from the Celtics.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Austin Rivers, Clippers In Strong Talks On New Deal
Austin Rivers has engaged in strong discussions on a contract to re-sign with the Clippers, league sources told RealGM.

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Mark Cuban: DeAndre Jordan Never Responded To Calls, Texts
DeAndre Jordan ignored repeated phone calls and text messages from Chandler Parsons and Cuban.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

DeAndre Jordan Signs Four-Year $87.7M Max Deal With Clippers
DeAndre Jordan has changed his mind on leaving the Clippers.

Ramona Shelburne, Marc Stein/ESPN

Clippers Believe DeAndre Jordan On Cusp Of Reversing Decision
Doc Rivers, Steve Ballmer and a group of players that included Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Paul Pierce and J.J. Redick met with DeAndre Jordan without the presence of his agents.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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