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Josh Smith, Unnamed Assistant Coach Engage In Argument After Loss

Nov 23, 2015 11:29 AM

Josh Smith and an unnamed assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers engaged in an obscenity-laced argument on Sunday while the media were waiting for Doc Rivers' postgame news conference to begin.

"It's [like any] locker room after you lose and play like that," Rivers said. "Guys are upset. That's about it."

The Clippers are now 6-7 after beginning the season 4-0.

"We're pretty frustrated,'' Blake Griffin said. "It's been three in a row, so I think it's pretty normal to be frustrated. But we can't let that frustration affect us negatively moving forward.''

Josh Smith signed a one-year, veterans-minimum, $1.5 million contract with the Clippers in July.



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Parsons: DeAndre Jordan Not A Priority To Mavs Or Even Clippers

Nov 12, 2015 7:27 PM

Chandler Parsons played a key role in the Dallas Mavericks' recruitment of DeAndre Jordan, but sat out the Los Angeles Clippers' visit on Wednesday.

Jordan had nine points and 11 rebounds in 27 minutes.

One of the reasons why Jordan considered signing with the Mavericks was for a bigger role on offense.

"He's not a priority to us. And by the looks of their team, he's not to them, either," said Parsons.

Ben Bolch/Los Angeles Times

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Cuban Saved DeAndre Jordan Text Messages, Might Reveal Them At Some Point

Nov 10, 2015 10:40 PM

Mark Cuban said he saved all of his text messages from DeAndre Jordan and he might detail them at a later date.

Jordan agreed to sign with the Dallas Mavericks before reconsidering and eventually re-signing with the Los Angeles Clippers.

"Look, this is not thermonuclear war," said Cuban. "This is a basketball game, and for fans, it’s supposed to be fun."

Ben Bolch/Los Angeles Times

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Chris Paul Suffers Strained Right Groin

Nov 5, 2015 11:15 AM

Chris Paul sat out during the final play of the Los Angeles Clippers' loss at the Golden State Warriors due to a strained right groin.

"I don't think it's severe," Doc Rivers said. "It's just too early in the season, so I took him out."

Paul tried to sneak back onto the court at one point.

Paul said he injured his groin "somewhere down the stretch," adding, "I'll be alright."


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Austin Rivers Fined $25,000 For Throwing Seat Cushion Into Stands

Oct 29, 2015 7:30 PM

Austin Rivers has been fined $25,000 for throwing a seat cushion into the stands.

The incident occurred with 7:47 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Los Angeles Clippers' win at the Sacramento Kings.

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Clippers Tripled Background Calls Before Trading For Lance Stephenson

Oct 29, 2015 12:01 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers did extra due diligence on Lance Stephenson before trading for him last June.

Doc Rivers didn't know Stephenson previously.

A normal background check would typically warrant 20 phone calls, but Rivers and general manager Dave Wohl made 61 inquiries researching Stephenson.

"I don't think we've ever made more (background) calls for a player in my life," Rivers said. "We had to make sure, but I've got to tell you that I'm really excited. It's one game (in the regular season), but I think he has a chance to be really disruptive to other teams. And what I love is he gives us another ball handler, and you can see that with the first group."

"As soon as we made that acquisition, (Stephenson) actually (called) me and said, 'I'm like this, I ain't like what people say,'" Chris Paul said. "But I think for me, it was more about getting to know him myself. Think about it, in this league, there's going to be some people who like you and some people who don't. I bet if you go to some guys in this league, they're probably going to say certain things about me, you know what I mean? It's one of those things. You can only go from your own experiences."

Sam Amick/USA Today

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Chris Paul Wants To Finish Career With Clippers

Oct 28, 2015 11:56 AM

Chris Paul joined the Los Angeles Clippers in 2011 in a trade after it was clear the then-New Orleans Hornets would have to rebuild.

Paul could have opted for free agency in 2012.

Paul and the Clippers have been contenders in every season since his arrival, but they have yet to advance to the Western Conference Finals. Paul can become a free agent in 2017 with an early termination option.

Paul is confident in his place with the Clippers and says he wants to finish his career with the franchise.

“Hell, I never imagined I’d leave New Orleans, but there’s no question this is where I want to be,” he said. “I want to win. Here.”

Dan Woike/Orange County Register

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

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Chris Paul Doesn't Question Whether 'Bad Teammate' Label May Be True

Oct 28, 2015 11:53 AM

DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul have denied reports of a serious rift between the two leading up to free agency.

“I think there was forced tension from the things we all heard about each other that wasn’t true at all,” Jordan said before the preseason. “It was just the outside (perception). We never asked each other about it.”

Some of the ways Paul wears on teammates is because he's a point guard.

“Not everybody is going to like the point guard. Sometimes, you have to be an (expletive). Straight up,” Austin Rivers said. “The point guard is the least liked person on every team – the good ones – because he’s the one that’s going to put you in your place. He’s the one that’s going to tell you the truth. He’s going to yell at you.

“… All the good point guards have to be the bad guy sometime.”

“If I didn’t like Chris,” Jordan said frankly, “I wouldn’t have signed here.”

Paul doesn't question whether he's possibly a "bad teammate."

“I never said ‘It’s possibly true’ because I know myself,” Paul said. “It’s like, if someone said to me, ‘You’re a murderer,’ I’d be like, ‘Nope!’”

Dan Woike/Orange County Register

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Clippers Exercise 16-17 Option On C.J. Wilcox

Oct 28, 2015 10:51 AM

The Los Angeles Clippers have exercised their 2016-17 option on guard C.J. Wilcox.

Wilcox appeared in 21 games last season for the Clippers, averaging 2.0 points and 0.4 assists in 4.8 minutes of play. During the 2015 Orlando Pro Summer League, he posted averages of 14.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.4 steals in 32.0 minutes of play.

Wilcox was the 28th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft out of the University of Washington. He finished his collegiate career with 301 3-pointers, the most in Washington history, sixth in Pac-12 history and appeared in 131 total NCAA games. In his four seasons at UW, he was one of just three players in Pac-12 history to post 1,800 points, 275 made 3-pointers and 400 rebounds.

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Thunder, Celtics, Grizzlies Finish Preseason Top-3 In Efficiency Differential

Oct 26, 2015 1:02 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder led the NBA in efficiency differential during the preseason with a mark of +12.5.

During the 14-15 preseason, the Golden State Warriors had the league's best mark with +11.0, which became a first indicator of their jump as title contenders.

Here's the full rankings from the 15-16 preseason:

1. Thunder: 12.5
2. Celtics: 11.6
3. Grizzlies: 11.5
4. Wizards: 10.4
5. Hornets: 10.0
6. Pistons: 7.1
7. Raptors: 5.6
8. Pacers: 4.7
9. Knicks: 4.0
10. Suns: 3.9
11. Nuggets: 3.5
12. Kings: 3.3
13. Magic: 2.8
14. Blazers: 1.8
15. Jazz: 0.4
16. Heat: 0.0
17. Hawks: -0.7
18. Rockets: -0.7
19. Nets: -1.0
20. Warriors: -1.3
21. Spurs: -1.9
22. Lakers: -2.1
23. Bucks: -3.4
24. Bulls: -3.6
25. Pelicans: -3.6
26. Clippers: -4.2
27. Cavaliers: -6.5
28. 76ers: -8.6
29. Mavericks: -10.7
30. Wolves: -11.0

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Chuck Hayes Waived By Clippers
Chuck Hayes appeared in four preseason games and averaged 0.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in 6.7 minutes.

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Matt Barnes: Doc Rivers Never Wanted Me
Matt Barnes is looking forward to play against Doc Rivers and the Clippers.

Shaun Powell/NBA.com

Blake Griffin Trained With Carmelita Jeter
Blake Griffin is training with Carmelita Jeter to help improve his speed on the court.

Melissa Rohlin/Los Angeles Times

Lance Stephenson Feels Hornets Misused His Game
The Hornets signed Lance Stephenson in free agency and he expected to dominate the ball, but the team was still built around Kemba Walker on the perimeter.

Dan Woike/Orange County Register

Chris Paul Fractures Left Index Finger
Chris Paul will be re-evaluated prior to the Clippers game against the Hornets Wednesday in Shanghai.

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Execs Expect Kobe Bryant To Have Limited NBA Options If He Leaves Lakers In 2016
One executive mentioned the Knicks and another brought up the Clippers as teams possibly interested in signing Kobe Bryant.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Chandler Parsons: No Way DeAndre Was Coming To Mavericks Unless I Presented
Chandler Parsons played a significant role in the Mavericks' initially successful, ultimately futile pursuit of DeAndre Jordan.

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Clippers Plan On Using Lance Stephenson As Primary Wing Defender
The Clippers plan on using Lance Stephenson to defend bigger wings like Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

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

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Paul Pierce Likely To Retire If Clippers Win 2016 Title
After 15 seasons with the Celtics, Paul Pierce is now with his third team in as many seasons.

Kevin Arnovitz/ESPN

Doc Rivers: Losing DeAndre Jordan Was My 'Front-Office Wake-Up Call'
Doc Rivers believes the Clippers improved due to DeAndre Jordan's initial defection to the Mavericks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Mark Cuban: Doc Rivers' Professional Life Was Over If He Didn't Get DeAndre Jordan
Mark Cuban was asked to respond to comments from Doc Rivers criticizing how he handled the DeAndre Jordan situation.

Colin Cowherd/Fox (via Jason McIntyre/The Big Lead)

Clippers Expect To Keep Jamal Crawford For Entire 15-16 Season
Jamal Crawford's name has appeared in trade rumors throughout the offseason, but Doc Rivers said he intends to keep him.

Ray Samora/Clips Nation

Gillian Zucker Reportedly Creating Divisions Within Clippers
Gillian Zucker has become involved in areas like player development and playing time decisions.


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

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Chuck Hayes Agrees To One-Year Deal With Clippers
Chuck Hayes had previously agreed to a deal with the Rockets.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

DeAndre Jordan Parts Ways With Agent
Relativity Sports will still receive four percent of DeAndre Jordan's four-year, $88 million contract.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

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.

Claire Atkinson/New York Post

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.

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