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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.

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Chris Paul Puts Bel-Air Mansion For Sale At $11.495M

Aug 20, 2016 4:47 PM

Chris Paul has listed his Bel-Air mansion for sale at $11.495 million.

Paul bought the 11-bedroom mansion from Avril Lavigne for $8.495 million. Paul has since bought another home in Calabasas for $8.995 million.

Paul will be a free agent in 2017 after joining the Los Angeles Clippers in 2011.

Neal J. Leitereg/Los Angeles Times

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Paul Pierce Planning On Playing In 16-17

Aug 16, 2016 11:05 PM

Paul Pierce is planning on returning to the Los Angeles Clippers for the 16-17 NBA season.

Pierce has wavered with his decision for most of the summer and could again change his mind.

“I just don’t want to make an emotional decision right now,” Pierce said after the Clippers were eliminated in the playoffs last spring. “I’ll just take some time off, sit down with my family and think long and hard.”

The Clippers signed Pierce to a three-year deal worth approximately $10 million before the 15-16 season.

Pierce would be competing for minutes as a small-ball power forward with Marreese Speights, Brandon Bass and Brice Johnson.

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Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan Have Grown Closer During Team USA

Aug 16, 2016 11:36 AM

Kevin Durant and DeAndre Jordan have continued to forge a meaningful friendship this summer as members of Team USA.

Durant considers Jordan one of his best friends in the NBA.

“If I were to get married today, he’d be in my wedding,” Durant told The Vertical about Jordan. “That’s how it is. That’s my brother.”

When relayed Durant’s comments about being in his whenever wedding, Jordan nodded and told The Vertical, “For sure, he’s going to be in mine.”

Durant first met Jordan shortly after he committed to Texas and tried to convince Jordan, who was a year younger, to join the program. Since Durant has begun making his offseason home in Los Angeles, the two have grown closer.

Jordan tried to help convince Durant to sign with the Clippers.

“I tried every day,” Jordan told The Vertical. “We had a shot. And if you ask him, he’d say we had a shot. People can be happy for him, mad at him, but at the end of the day, he did what was best for Kevin, and he can live with that.”

After the Olympics are over, Durant and Jordan will return to being rivals.

 

“We’ve always been cool,” Jordan told The Vertical. “We compete against each other four times a year. We hang out in the summertime, go on trips together, so it’s great to be on the same team together now.”

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Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA

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Thunder Expected To Pursue Blake Griffin

Aug 5, 2016 8:43 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder are expected to pursue Blake Griffin in free agency in 2017.

Griffin is originally from Oklahoma but has played his entire NBA career for the Los Angeles Clippers.

With Russell Westbrook forgoing free agency in 2017, the Thunder could tempt Griffin with the opportunity to join him. Griffin has had some level of tension playing with Chris Paul, who also will be a free agent in 2017.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Alan Anderson Agrees To Sign With Clippers On One-Year, $1.5M Deal

Aug 2, 2016 7:29 PM

Alan Anderson has agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers worth $1.5 million over one season.

Anderson gives the Clippers additional depth on the wing.

Anderson was limited to 13 games last season after undergoing multiple surgeries on his ankles.

Dan Woike/Orange County Register

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Clippers Were Told They Were In Top-3 On Kevin Durant

Jul 28, 2016 1:25 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers were one of the teams to pursue Kevin Durant despite limited means of signing him.

"We were willing to take the gamble if we felt we were in it. And we were in it. We were in the top-3 at the very end," said Rivers. "But we had to make a couple calls to (Durant's camp). We got two players to delay an hour (before making their decisions). We had two players on our team who could sign for more money but they were going to wait another hour to stay with us.

"The second thing is we had to get this right. If we're going to go after Durant, if we can get him, let's stay in it. It's worth it, even if we don't get him. If we're not going to get him, we have to make that decision. We have to do our job business wise."

Durant was reportedly "blown away" by his meeting with the Clippers.

"We asked a simple question. We sat around trying to figure out what's the right question. And the first question we asked is 'are we in the top-3?' and they said 'yes'," said Rivers. "That made us feel good. We talked about it. My next question is 'are we in the top-2?' We made the decision, if they say 'no' then we go. If they say 'yes' we stay. They said 'no'."

Durant chose the Warriors and his seamless fit with the team and their cap room.

"I thought he liked us a lot," said Rivers. "He told us since and so have his representatives. The presentation I did and Lawrence (Frank) and Steve (Ballmer) is good or maybe the best presentation. But when they kept looking at how we were going to do it. We had to actually ask each guy to take a hit financially. We needed Kevin to take a hit this year to fit and next year we would have needed Blake (Griffin) and Chris (Paul) to take a hit financially. He didn't have to do that if he stayed in Oklahoma. He didn't have to do that if he went to Golden State. Plus they had room to build around that. I think at the end of the day, they looked at is as far as roster wise, well, 'the Clippers look great, we love who they are but financially they are going to be so strapped, it's going to be so hard to work, I think we're going to go the safer place,' and that was Golden State."

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Doc Rivers: It's Been Miraculous How We've Built With Minimum Contract Players

Jul 28, 2016 1:11 PM

The general manager aspect of Doc Rivers' tenure with the Los Angeles Clippers has been uneven as he tries to build a supporting cast around Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.

The Clippers have cycled through a number of small forwards in particular.

"We have a good core. The problem team-building with our core is we have three max players," said Rivers. "I don't think people understand that. I think since I've taken the job, even before then, we need a 3, we need a 3, we need a 3. Yeah, we all know that but we also only have the minimum to try to go out and get a 3. I think it's been actually miraculous what we've done with just having minimum contracts. 

"One thing I've learned with teams like ours, if you have a good team, you can convince guys to take the minimum. The problem is you're going to keep losing guys. Every year we do it. Every single season we sign guys to the minimum and then we lose them to higher contracts. Cole Aldrich is the example from this year. But we're an old school version of a team.

"Things have changed. The Big 3 (in Boston), put them together, bam, we won. In Miami, put them together, bam, they win. Golden State is going to try to do it this coming year. There are teams that still poke through. Dallas did it. They kind of had their team, they had the nucleus and finally they poke through. That's what we're going to try to do."

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Doc Rivers Hopes Blake Griffin Ends Career With Clippers

Jul 28, 2016 11:34 AM

Doc Rivers was asked about trade rumors involving Blake Griffin and his future with the Los Angeles Clippers.

"One, I'm glad you asked the question," said Rivers. "It's funny, you don't want to go out and send out a press release every time there's a rumor about Blake. We're hoping Blake ends his career playing for the Clippers. Period. So when teams call, we say we have no interest.

"First of all, no team is calling right now because teams know we don't have any interest. It just tells you the different times, you know. Things have changed. Everyone believes that they're media now. I feel for guys like you. There's so many good credible guys and there's some of the guys that are bloggers that have nothing to do with the sport. I had my young son trace where this started, the Blake rumor to Boston.

"Danny and I have talked twice this summer. One was about the British Open and one was about another golf tournament. That's about it. But my son traced it to a Boston radio talk show and the guy didn't say that we had been talking, he said Blake was one of the guys that Boston should go after. That started the next step to the next step. That stuff is tough."

Griffin and Chris Paul will be free agents in 2017 and Rivers was asked about his confidence in keeping the Clippers' core together.

"Well, I'm confident, probably the same way they're going to be able to keep their guys," said Rivers. "I do think we have an attractive place. We have a new owner. It would be interesting if Steve Ballmer wasn't the owner, I don't know how confident I would be. With Steve, I'm extremely confident that we can keep both. You know, listen, winning is the key. The better we play on the floor, the better chance we have of not only keeping those guys but actually adding to our basketball team. That's always the key factor in this. Quality of life is important, being comfortable, players getting along with the staff and each other. All that goes into it. But I think we're in a good place there. I know both of them have said they want to play here. They want to play for us forever.

"Your job never stops. You never relax. You never take a player for granted."

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Clippers Exploring Sites For New Arena In Los Angeles

Jul 27, 2016 2:42 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers are exploring sites for a new arena.

The Clippers' lease at Staples Center runs through 2024.

One area of interest for the Clippers is on the Westside of Los Angeles.

The Clippers are motivated to build a new arena to control their own destiny within a potentially bigger real estate project.

Kevin Arnovitz, Marc Stein/ESPN

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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.

RealGM Staff Report

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.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

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.

RealGM Staff Report

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

Kevin Durant Announces He'll Sign With Warriors
Kevin Durant took meetings with the Thunder, Warriors, Clippers, Spurs, Celtics and Heat.

RealGM Staff Report

Kevin Durant Informing Teams He Met With, Will Announce On Players' Tribune
Kevin Durant is planning to inform all teams he met with about his decision on Monday morning.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Jamal Crawford, Clippers Agree To Three-Year, $42M Deal
Jamal Crawford strongly considered offers from multiple other teams.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Kevin Durant To Make Decision On Monday
Kevin Durant's decision is believed to be down to the Thunder and Warriors.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Cole Aldrich, Wolves Agree Upon Three-Year, $22M Deal
Cole Aldrich had a breakout season with the Clippers in 15-16.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Wesley Johnson, Clippers Agree Upon Three-Year, $18M Deal
Wesley Johnson was on a one-year deal with the Clippers last season.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Kevin Durant Expects To Make Decision Sunday Evening Or Monday Morning
Kevin Durant is considering the Thunder, Warriors, Spurs, Celtics, Clippers and Heat.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Austin Rivers Agrees To Three-Year $35M Deal With Clippers
Austin Rivers has agreed to re-sign with the Clippers on a three-year deal with a player option for Year 3.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Kevin Durant 'Blown Away' By Clippers' Presentation
Kevin Durant met with the Clippers for four hours.

Chris Broussard/ESPN