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Clippers Concerned By Spurs' Possible Pursuit Of Chris Paul

May 26, 2017 12:05 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers can offer Chris Paul an extra guaranteed season and bigger raises than any rival team, but the team still remains concerned about their ability to re-sign him in free agency.

The Clippers are treating the San Antonio Spurs as a serious threat of signing Paul. The Spurs don't currently have enough cap space to sign Paul to a max contract, but they could conceivably clear room.

The Spurs' point guard situation is uncertain with Tony Parker having one more season left on his contract and coming off a left leg injury while Patty Mills is an unrestricted free agent.

In addition to Paul, the Clippers also have Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick hitting free agency.

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Chris Paul, Spurs Believed To Have Mutual Interest

May 24, 2017 1:16 PM

Chris Paul is widely expected to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers this offseason in free agency, but the San Antonio Spurs are lurking as a potential destination.

“I know they’re concerned about their point guard position," said Zach Lowe on The Lowe Post podcast. "Dejounte Murray looks good, but he’s not ready yet."

"They need a bridge there, right?" said Kevin Arnovitz. "They need a little bit of a bridge between (Tony) Parker and Murray."

"Maybe Mills is the bridge but Mills is about to get expensive and I think we saw in this series that he's just not a drive and kick guy. That's just who he is. Patty Mills is great for what he is.

"I know there's been a lot of rumblings about Chris Paul, and I think that's real. I think there's mutual interest there. I don't know how real it is given that the Clippers can offer a gigantic amount of money and are also a really good team. The Spurs, like I said, have no sort of cap flexibility to get there. I'm very curious about what they do this summer and who's on the team next year. And maybe rolling it back is all they can end up doing."

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76ers, Nets, Knicks Interested In J.J. Redick

May 18, 2017 2:32 AM

The Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers all have interest in J.J. Redick in free agency.

While the Los Angeles Clippers have interest in re-signing Redick, media reports have consistently indicated he's their free agent most likely to sign elsewhere.

The 76ers are the team said to be most interested in Redick.

“Brooklyn, the Knicks are teams that have interest in Redick. We'll see how far they're willing to pay,” said Adrian Wojnarowski.

Redick has been connected to the Knicks with the possibility of the Clippers revisiting trade talks for Carmelo Anthony.

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Lawrence Frank Supportive Of Clippers' Pursuit Of Carmelo Anthony

May 5, 2017 2:32 PM

The New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers are expected to revisit their trade talks centered around Carmelo Anthony.

The Knicks would likely need to acquire J.J. Redick in a sign-and-trade in order for an Anthony to the Clippers deal to be realistic. Austin Rivers and Wesley Johnson would likely also be included.

“It’s a great deal for the Knicks — they get a shooter they need [Redick], Rivers is a perfect sixth man and even Wesley is long and athletic and a great locker-room guy,’’ said an NBA executive. “It’s a solid trade for them. They haven’t been able to win with Melo.’’

Anthony was prepared to waive his no-trade clause to join the Clippers at the deadline.

Lawrence Frank is a supporter of Anthony within the Clippers' front office. 

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Doc Rivers: Clippers Need Length, Two-Way Players

May 3, 2017 7:12 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers face an uncertain offseason with the free agencies of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. The Clippers have struggled with both injuries and a less than adequate supporting cast.

"I don't know. I think they deserve a chance to win. They have built this legacy. I do believe that," Rivers said Wednesday. "Whether that's what we decide to do that or not. There's a big part of me that believes (in them). These guys are responsible for the birth of our franchise in a lot of ways. They consider themselves Clippers. ... I would love them to shepherd that through. Whether that happens or not, it's too early to make all those decisions or they'll make them for us. But I do have a strong believe in that."

Rivers talked about the needs the Clippers have to improve their roster.

"We need length," Rivers said. "We need more length and two-way players. Again, that's easy to say. Little harder to do with the way our contracts are. We may continue to do what we've done or we may decide to change our contracts and have more flexibility."

Rivers is looking forward to shifting towards the front office aspects of his job.

"I'm really looking forward to it," Rivers said. "I'm a driven human being. I can tell you I do this for one reason and that is to be the winner. I decided a while ago I no longer want to be in the party I want to be the party. Like I tell my players, when you set yourself up that way, you're going to have a ton of disappointment. I told them that four years ago. Unfortunately, so far I've been right. It's the only way to go, as far as I'm concerned."

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Blake Griffin Undergoes Successful Surgery On Right Big Toe

May 1, 2017 8:58 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have announced that Blake Griffin underwent a successful surgery to repair an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe. Griffin suffered the injury on April 21 in Game 3 of the Western Conference Playoff series vs. the Utah Jazz.  

The surgery was performed by foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, NC. 
Griffin appeared in 61 regular season games in 2016-17, averaging 21.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists. Griffin owns career averages of 21.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists while shooting 51.8 percent from the field in 471 total games. 

Griffin will be a free agent this offseason.

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Blake Griffin, Clippers Hope To Agree Upon Max Contract

May 1, 2017 10:17 AM

The Los Angeles Clippers and Blake Griffin hope to agree upon a maximum deal. The Clippers can offer Griffin a five-year deal worth approximately $175 million while a rival team can offer $130 million over four seasons.

Griffin was injured in Game 3 of the first round and missed the final four games of the series.

Griffin finished third in MVP voting in 2014 but has been limited by injuries in recent seasons.

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Knicks, Clippers Expected To Revisit Carmelo Anthony Trade With J.J. Redick Included

May 1, 2017 10:14 AM

The Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks are expected to return to their trade talks centered on Carmelo Anthony.

The two sides discussed trade scenarios involving Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers for Anthony, but Crawford could instead be replaced by J.J. Redick in a sign-and-trade. Redick is 32 compared to the 37-year-old Crawford and is also a better fit for the triangle.

Redick would have to agree upon the deal as he's a free agent.

"It was a tough series for him," Doc Rivers said of Redick.

If the two sides expand the deal, Courtney Lee could also be included heading with Anthony to the Clippers.

Anthony indicated to the Knicks at the deadline that he was agreeable to Los Angeles.

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Blake Griffin Considered More Likely To Leave Clippers Than Chris Paul

Apr 28, 2017 10:45 AM

The return of Blake Griffin to the Los Angeles Clippers in free agency is less certain than Chris Paul's, according to sources.

Griffin will be a free agent for the first time in his career this summer. Griffin signed a super-max extension in July of 2012 a year before he would have become a restricted free agent.

Griffin's personality could lend him to consider the decision privately instead of taking a series of public meetings.

The Clippers can offer Griffin one additional guaranteed season and 7.5 percent raises.

According to Steve Ballmer, the Clippers don't have any interest in blowing up their roster.

"I love those guys, and I want those guys back," Ballmer said.

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Chris Paul Could Take Multiple Meetings But Clippers Expect Him To Re-Sign

Apr 28, 2017 10:33 AM

The Los Angeles Clippers expect Chris Paul to re-sign with them on a five-year deal worth more than $200 million.

Paul, however, could still take a number of meetings in a public process before ultimately re-signing with the Clippers.

Paul is president of the union and recently completed work on a new collective bargaining agreement. Among the new provisions is a change to the over-36 rule that will favor him.

When Paul was a free agent in 2013, he re-signed with the Clippers on a five-year, $107 million contract in which he didn't take any meetings with rival teams.

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Veteran Teammate: Clippers 'Most Complicated Team' I've Ever Been On
The relationships between the Clippers have improved but remain complicated.

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Clippers Remain Committed To Re-Signing Blake Griffin
Adrian Wojnarowski said "it's hard to imagine a split with (Blake) Griffin."

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Doc Rivers Unlikely To Leave Clippers Regardless Of Playoff Result
Doc Rivers is owed more than $22 million over the next two seasons and still has the confidence of Steve Ballmer.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Austin Rivers Expected To Return For Game 5
Austin Rivers has missed 11 games with a hamstring injury.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Blake Griffin Ruled Out For Playoffs With Toe Injury
Blake Griffin will miss the remainder of the playoffs with an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe.

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Chris Paul 'Would Love' To Have Staples Center Statue
Chris Paul says he feels like the Clippers have "unfinished business."

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Doc Rivers Wants To Keep Clippers Together
Doc Rivers cite the Jazz of the 1990s as an example of a team that wasn't broken up.

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Paul George, Chris Paul Named Players Of The Month
Paul George and Chris Paul have been named the NBA's Players of the Month for April.

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Nate McMillan, Doc Rivers Named Coaches Of The Month
Nate McMillan guided the Pacers to a 5-1 record during April, tied for the best mark in the Eastern Conference.

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Chris Paul Closer To Doc Rivers Than Any Clippers' Teammates
Chris Paul's hard-driving nature and politician's polish mean "nobody's really friends with (him)," according to a source.

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Knicks Committed To Trading Carmelo Anthony In Offseason
The Clippers privately expressed confidence they could trade for Carmelo Anthony in the offseason.

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Doc Rivers Denies Report Linking Him To Orlando
A report suggested Doc Rivers could be a candidate to return to the Magic in a general manager/head coach capacity.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Clippers, Heat Interested In Carlos Boozer
Carlos Boozer's performance in China has reportedly put him back onto the radar of NBA teams.

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Magic Could Pursue Doc Rivers For GM/Coach Job
Doc Rivers' first head coaching job was with the Magic and he still maintains a home in the area.

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J.J. Redick: Clippers In A Bad Place Right Now
J.J. Redick will be one of the many Clippers' free agents and has been considered the most likely candidate to leave the franchise in the offseason.

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Omri Casspi Cleared To Return, Receiving Interest From Grizzlies, Clippers
Omri Casspi has been cleared to resume basketball activities after his recent thumb injury.

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Chris Paul: Players Were More Comfortable Negotiating This CBA
This season, Chris Paul balanced his commitments with the Clippers and as president of the National Basketball Players Association.

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Clippers In Talks With Rams On Arena In Inglewood
The Clippers' lease runs through 2024 and Steve Ballmer has long had interest in his own arena.

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Draymond Green To Paul Pierce: You Can't Get No Farewell Tour
Draymond Green began talking trash during a free throw to Paul Pierce sitting on the bench during the opening minute of Thursday's game.

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Clippers, Thunder Continue To Express Interest In Wilson Chandler
Wilson Chandler requested a trade from the Nuggets in early February.

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