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Lakers, Warriors, Heat, Knicks, Magic, Clippers Interested In DeMar DeRozan

Jun 27, 2016 12:09 PM

DeMar DeRozan would prefer to re-sign with the Toronto Raptors in free agency, but he'll have a number of other opportunities available should they be unable to quickly agree upon a contract.

The Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, New York Knicks and Orlando Magic also have interest in DeRozan.

The Raptors can offer DeRozan an extra season and as much as a five-year, $153 million contract.

DeRozan has been an All-Star in each of the past two seasons and will play for the United States in this summer's Olympics.

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Tags: DeMar DeRozan, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Some Teams View Kevin Durant Meetings As Chance To Lay 2017 Groundwork

Jun 27, 2016 11:17 AM

Kevin Durant is expected to ultimately re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder on a one-plus-one contract and become a free agent again in 2017.

Teams meeting with Durant feel like they're laying the groundwork for his 2017 offseason as they anticipate that probable outcome.

The Thunder nearly reached The Finals in 2016 and the ability for Durant to re-sign on a short-term deal and then take a longer view when Russell Westbrook is also a free agent is appealing.

Even if Durant left the Thunder in free agency this summer, he would look for a one-plus-one contract in order to maximize his salary.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical (via Adam Kaufman/CBS Sports)

Tags: Kevin Durant, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jamal Crawford, Knicks Have Mutual Interest

Jun 25, 2016 7:05 PM

The New York Knicks and Jamal Crawford have mutual interest in free agency this offseason. The Knicks are on the market for a shooting guard and he can play either position albeit usually in a reserve role.

Crawford was traded to the Knicks in 2004 from the Chicago Bulls and remained with the team until he was dealt in 2008 to the Golden State Warriors as they tried to clear cap space for the 2010 free agent class.

"I'm not talking about any one team but everyone knows how I feel about New York," Crawford told The News. "I really enjoyed my time there."

Crawford was the 6th Man of the Year at the age of 36 this past season.

The Los Angeles Clippers own Crawford's Bird Rights and have expressed a desire to re-sign him.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Tags: Jamal Crawford, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics, Clippers, Heat, Warriors, Spurs, Thunder Get Meetings With Kevin Durant

Jun 25, 2016 11:13 AM

Represenatives of Kevin Durant at Roc Nation are working to solidify invitations with the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Durant is expected to take the meetings in New York but teams are still awaiting a decision on the final location.

The Thunder remain the frontrunners to re-sign Durant on a one-plus-one contract, according to sources.

But sources say the Warriors, more than than any other rival team, have Durant's attention.

The Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards could still capture meetings with Durant but are currently outside the process.

Durant will leave for a publicity tour in the Far East on July 9th and a decision is expected before he departs.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Kevin Durant, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics Acquire Clippers' 2019 1st Rounder From Grizzlies

Jun 23, 2016 10:59 PM

The Boston Celtics have traded the 31st and 35th overall picks to the Memphis Grizzlies for the draft rights to the Los Angeles Clippers' pick in 2019.

The Grizzlies acquired the Clippers' first rounder as part of the Jeff Green for Lance Stephenson trade.

Memphis selected Deyonta Davis out of Michigan State with the initial second round pick.

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DeAndre Jordan Earns Spot On USA's Olympic Team

Jun 23, 2016 12:29 PM

DeAndre Jordan has earned a spot on the United States' Olympic team in Rio.

Jordan was a first-team All-NBA selection at center this past season.

The United States needed another big man along with DeMarcus Cousins.

Marc Stein, Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers, United States, NBA, National, National Olympics, National Teams

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Woj: Franchises On LeBron James' Free Agency Watch Again

Jun 17, 2016 10:41 AM

LeBron James will be a free agent again this offseason and Adrian Wojnarowski suggests he could consider leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers this offseason should they win a title.

James has been on a series of one-plus-one contracts since returning to the Cavaliers in 2014.

"One more victory, one more magnificent night at Oracle Arena, and James will get to run off with his buddies again somewhere warm. Miami. Los Angeles. Wherever," writes Wojnarowski.

Both the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers either have the cap space or can create the space to sign him to a significant contract in free agency. The Los Angeles Clippers could conceivably offer a package built around Blake Griffin.

 

"There’s a restlessness about James that craves the next big move, the next power play," continues Wojnarowski. "Franchises are on watch again, believing nothing’s forever in Northeast Ohio. Sooner or later, there’s a belief that James comes into play again, a line of thinking that his inner circle has done nothing to dissuade. As for James himself, well, he has gone so far as to publicly describe an end-of-career scenario that doesn’t include Cleveland.

"Part of it, yes, along with those one-year contracts, is a way to mess with owner Dan Gilbert. James has great fondness for coach Ty Lue and respect for general manager David Griffin, but he’ll never embrace Gilbert – only perform despite him.

"Yes, James could come back to Cleveland and defend a potential Cavaliers title in 2017 and proceed to join the run of superstar pals in free agency: Chris Paul and Kevin Durant. They can wait one more year for Carmelo Anthony in 2018. Or, Golden State wins Game 7, and maybe James gives Cleveland the championship in 2017 – and makes his move then.

"Cleveland can’t hold him to his Sports Illustrated letter, his promises of becoming something noble and lasting. It wanted a title, and he’s close to delivering one. James becomes untouchable with a Cavaliers title. Fifty-two years without a pro sports championship here, and Cleveland can only tell him: Thank you, and goodbye again."

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jamal Crawford Prefers To Re-Sign With Clippers

Jun 17, 2016 12:22 AM

Jamal Crawford will be a free agent as he continues to be one of the NBA's best bench scorers.

Yeah, I’m really looking forward to it," said Crawford about his free agency. "I think with the way the league is now and the way things are going, this is a great time to be a free agent – for sure.”

Crawford would like to re-sign with the Clippers but there will be a lot of teams with substantial cap space.

“My preference is to re-sign with the Clippers. But I understand that, at the end of the day, I’m a free agent so I have to look at everything. I have to take every call and consider every offer that comes to me and my agent. I have to, that’s just part of being a free agent. Like I said, my preference is to re-sign with the Clippers. But we have to take every single call that comes in. That’s the way it is.”

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Paul Pierce Will Wait Few More Weeks Before Deciding Upon 16-17

Jun 8, 2016 8:54 PM

Paul Pierce remains undecided on whether he will continue his NBA career or retire and will wait a few more weeks.

Pierce has two seasons remaining on a three-year, $10 million deal he signed with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2015. Pierce struggled badly with the Clippers after playing a key role with the Washington Wizards in the previous season.

If Pierce does return, he's certain it will be his last one in the NBA.

“Well, we always say it’s 51-49. I get 51 percent of the vote and the rest of [the family] gets 49,” Pierce said. “[My wife’s] input carried a lot of weight. We’ll figure out some things. I know I don’t want to be sitting at home, whatever I do, regardless. If I come back, it will be one more [season] and that will be it. No doubt.”

Pierce said he feels healthy but preparing for a season has become more difficult.

“Really, it’s all about how I feel mentally, getting up and I’m thinking about the grind,” he said. “People don’t understand, I think a lot of guys retire because of what it takes to [get on the court] each season. You can take the grind once you are in it, but getting ready for the grind is the hard part.”

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

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Dunc'd On: TOR/CLE Game 4, Draymond Non-Suspension, Knicks/Clippers Offseason

May 24, 2016 1:40 AM

Toronto ties the series with Cleveland at 2 all.  Draymond Green avoids suspension, and why that was the right call (25:00). Plus, the New York Knicks (34:00) and Los Angeles Clippers (57:00) offseason cap previews.  Can and should the Knicks trade Carmelo Anthony, whom should they target with their projected $28 million in cap space, and how can they bring back Langston Galloway and Lance Thomas.  For the Clippers, Jamal Crawford, Jeff Green, and Austin Rivers are free agents; why it's critical the Clippers avoid paying them too much so they can add other pieces to their team, plus what 2017 looks like when Paul and Griffin are free agents.

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Danny Leroux of RealGMThe Athletic and the Sporting News    (@DannyLeroux). 

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Doc Rivers Still Feels Keeping Big 3 Together Is Best Move For Clippers
Doc Rivers was asked if he's concerned taking that type of stance boxes him into a corner.

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Blake Griffin Won't Play For Team USA In Offseason
Blake Griffin underwent a bone marrow procedure on his left quad tendon on April 27 and has already begun the rehabilitation process.

RealGM Staff Report

Doc Rivers Won't Break Up Clippers' Big 3 In Offseason
Doc Rivers insists he will not break up the Clippers' big three of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.

Joe Resnick/AP

Nuggets, Bulls, Celtics Inquired About Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin's injuries have played a factor in how rival teams perceive his value.

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Paul Pierce '50-50' On Retiring
Paul Pierce's PER dropped from 15.1 with the Wizards to 8.2 with the Clippers and his minutes fell to under 20 per game.

Arash Markazi/ESPN

Blake Griffin Out For Rest Of Playoffs After Aggravating Left Quad Tendon
Blake Griffin aggravated the injury during Monday's Game Four in Portland.

RealGM Staff Report

Chris Paul Undergoes Surgery on Right Hand, Re-Evaluated in 4-6 Weeks
Chris Paul's fracture was in the third metacarpal, in the center of his right hand.

Official Release From LA Clippers

Paul Pierce Will Decide Upon Possible Retirement After Season
Paul Pierce didn't play in the Clippers' Game 2 win.

Chris Mannix/The Vertical

Kings Granted Permission To Interview Mike Woodson
The Kings sought and were granted permission by the Clippers to meet with Mike Woodson as he's currently an assistant coach with the franchise.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Jamal Crawford Wins 6th Man Of The Year Award
Jamal Crawford had 341 points (51 first place votes), beating out Andre Iguodala, who had 288 points (33 first place votes).

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LeBron Compares Chris Paul To Stockton While Watching 1997 WCF
LeBron James was live-Tweeting watching Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals of 1997 between the Jazz and Rockets.

Ryan McDonald/Deseret News

Parsons Remains Close To Dwight, Not At All With DeAndre
Dwight Howard will be a free agent this offseason and the Mavericks are expected to pursue him.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Kobe Bryant: Chris Paul Would Have Been Perfect Fit For Lakers
After the Lakers agreed to trade for Chris Paul in 2011, he and Kobe Bryant had a phone call that lasted about 20-30 minutes.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Blake Griffin To Resume Season Despite Tear In Quad
Blake Griffin has been out for more than three months with the quad injury, a broken hand and a four-game suspension.

Andrew Han/ESPN

Chris Paul Won't Play In 2016 Olympics
Chris Paul recommends Kyle Lowry as one of the point guards for Team USA.

Lee Jenkins/Sports Illustrated

Blake Griffin Medically Cleared, Begins Serving Suspension
Blake Griffin has missed the last 41 games with a partially torn left quad tendon and right hand fracture.

RealGM Staff Report

Blake Griffin Practices For First Time Since Injuries
Blake Griffin injured his quad on Christmas Day.

Dan Woike/Orange County Register

Dwyane Wade Not Interested In Superteam At This Point
LeBron James is unsure if any NBA owner would go for the idea of him teaming up with Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul due to how much power would be conceded to the players.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Blake Griffin Unlikely To Return Until April
Blake Griffin is coming back from a partially torn quadriceps and a fractured hand.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Clippers To Sign Jeff Ayres For Remainder Of Season
Jeff Ayres was with the Clippers on two 10-day contracts earlier this season.

Shams Charania/The Vertical