The Raptors have the best record in the Eastern Conference, but would be in the middle of a rebuild if not for the Knicks having too much respect for Masai Ujiri's jumper. Read More. Written by Christopher Reina on Dec 22, 2014
Corey Brewer has been placed back on the trading block by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers, sources said, remain the most interested suitors for Brewer, but have also been joined by the Los Angeles Clippers.
Flip Saunders, after calling Brewer "too valuable to trade" on Nov. 20, publicly acknowledged last week that the Wolves' many injuries and subsequent struggles to compete in the difficult West have forced Minnesota to concede that the team is shifting from a "retool" mode to a "rebuild."
DeAndre Jordan has continued to emerge as one of the best defensive big men in the NBA.
He could command nine-figure rich next summer in free agency, while presenting the first significant financial test of Steve Ballmer's ownership.
A maximum five-year contract for Jordan projected at $103.5 million would probably nudge the Clippers over the luxury tax threshold for a third consecutive season in 2015-16, triggering the dreaded repeater tax the following season.
Ballmer has intimated he would make whatever financial commitment was necessary to preserve the core of his team.
"I want the Clippers to be better than they've ever been and better than anybody else has ever been," Ballmer said.
LeBron James and Blake Griffin have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between Nov. 24 and Nov. 30.
James won the award two weeks ago, while Griffin last won it on Mar. 17, 2014.
James led the Cavaliers to the East's only perfect record on the week at 3-0. He averaged 25.7 points (second in the conference), 8.7 assists (tied-fourth in the conference), 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals (tied-third in the conference).
Griffin helped the Clippers to a 4-0 week behind averages of 23.8 points (fourth in the conference), 9.8 rebounds (seventh in the conference), and 5.0 assists.
Blake Griffin has been charged with battery for allegedly slapping a man outside a Las Vegas nightclub in October.
According to the alleged victim, Daniel Schuman, Griffin was upset by camera flashes and grabbed his phone and neck.
The Clark County D.A. has now charged Griffin with one count of misdemeanor battery. He faces six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. A jail sentence is highly unlikely as Griffin has no prior convictions of violent crimes.
Draymond Green went viral when he stuck his tongue out after making a first half three-pointer in the Golden State Warriors' nationally televised win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Green appeared to be sticking out his tongue at Blake Griffin, who was defending him on the play. Green was actually making the face at Jermaine O'Neal, who was sitting courtside.
“Man, that was all over my Instagram, my Twitter,” Green said, smiling. “I wasn’t even looking at him. JO was giving me the (scrunched) face like that, and if you watch the video, I’m already looking that way. And then Blake came running into the screen, and the closer we got to each other, it looked like I was doing that to him. But I wasn’t doing that to him. That’s why he never looked at it because he knew…It’s funny.”