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Doc Rivers Fined $15,000 For Ejection During Nets' Loss

Dec 1, 2016 8:15 PM

Doc Rivers has been fined $15,000 for directing verbal abuse towards a game official and not leaving the court in a timely manner after his ejection.

The incident occurred with 18.6 seconds remaining in the first overtime of the Clippers’ 127-122 double-overtime loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Nov. 29 at Barclays Center.

Rivers was initially assessed a technical foul for crossing the halfcourt line while engaging with a referee.

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Blake Griffin: Our Spirit As A Team Is Great Now

Dec 1, 2016 11:20 AM

Everyone around the Los Angeles Clippers swears the vibe around the team is the best it has been since Chris Paul arrived via trade in December of 2011.

"I never had a problem with Chris," Griffin said. "Sometimes it was better than others. Our spirit as a team is great now."

Paul is known for being a difficult person to play with due to how demanding he can be of his teammates.

"It used to be, if we lost, everyone might be, 'It's his fault! We need to change this and that!'" Paul said.

"There's no finger pointing now," Griffin added.

"When you have multiple alphas, multiple guys in a lot of TV commercials, there is always going to be some tension and clashing," J.J. Redick said.

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Clippers Expect Chris Paul To Seek Full Five-Year Max Contract

Dec 1, 2016 11:07 AM

The Los Angeles Clippers expect Chris Paul to demand the full five-year max this offseason in free agency.

Paul turns 32 in May and his new five-year deal would take him well past 35.

Paul has so far defied age related regression and has remained incredibly healthy.

Mike Conley signed a record five-year, $153 million max contract this past offseason that Paul will comfortably break even if the cap projection comes in on the low end.

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Blake Griffin: You Cherish Being A Good Team

Nov 22, 2016 11:18 AM

Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick will all be free agents this offseason and part of the Los Angeles Clippers' early success has been not taking what they have now for granted.

“Yeah, that (free agency reality is) all obviously there,” Griffin said. “And even on top of that, year after year, after experiencing (playoff disappointments), after feeling like we were close, and going back to when we first came together. I think I was 22 (years old), I'd just turned 22 (when Paul first started playing for the Clippers). DJ (Clippers center DeAndre Jordan) was about the same age. It was my second year in the league, lockout year, and like we have grown a lot over the course of the last five years.

“It's kind of amazing to think back to that time, but year to year you go through those ups and downs. A lot of heartbreak in the playoffs, obviously, well documented, well talked-about everything that we've gone through. And some of it has been, for lack of a better word, back luck. Injuries here or there. Some of it has been our own fault, but I think you go through a year like last year, where CP and I both get hurt, and you're not even really 100 percent to start with, and you cherish these moments, you cherish being a good team. Whether people want to admit it or not, we're a solid team.”

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Chris Paul, Blake Griffin Enjoying Best Chemistry Of Time Together

Nov 22, 2016 11:15 AM

The Los Angeles Clippers' chemistry is better now than ever, particularly between Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.

“Oh, no question (it’s) better now than ever,” Paul told me on Friday. “Like I'm saying, we both have matured so much, and our communication is amazing right now, so sometimes it takes time. That's what (happened) with me and BG, and there's nothing like it right now. We are having some of the most fun that we've had in our time together.”

Fatherhood has changed the dynamic between Paul and Griffin. Griffin and his longtime girlfriend had their second child in mid-September while Paul has a seven-year-old son and four-year-old daughter.

“I know for me, when I got my family and my kids it gave me a different perspective on everything,” Paul said. “To see Blake now, with two kids and stuff like that, I just - it's different, you know what I mean? You see the sense of urgency, you know what I mean? I think we both share that, and understand that we've got everything that we could ever want, as far as an unbelievable family, you get to play the game that we love, and have all the accolades, and now we just want that one thing (the title that has eluded them both).”

 

Paul and Griffin both suffered season-ending injuries in last year's playoffs.

“I think we both share that too,” Paul said. “When the injuries happened last year to me and him in the playoffs, you appreciate stuff a lot more. And so you just don't take it for granted anymore.”

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RealGM Radio: Dan Woike On The Clippers

Nov 21, 2016 1:17 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Dan Woike of the Orange County Register (@DanWoikeSports) go in-depth on the Los Angeles Clippers.

They discuss Doc Rivers’ decision to start Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, their strong bench play (7:23), defensive success (20:44), their playoff struggles (30:44), what they could be facing in the summer of 2017 (47:05) and regular season expectations (1:00:30).

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Donald Sterling Settles Lawsuit Against NBA

Nov 18, 2016 8:47 PM

Donald Sterling has settled his lawsuit against the NBA.

Sterling sued the NBA in May 2014, the day after his wife, Shelly Sterling, agreed to sell the Clippers to Ballmer following the exposure of inflammatory comments Donald Sterling had made about African Americans.

Bobby Samini, Sterling’s attorney, confirmed the resolution in an email to The Times.

“Donald is pleased with the outcome and is looking forward to focusing on future endeavors,” Samini wrote.

Sterling sought more than $1 billion in damages.

As part of the sale agreement, Shelly Sterling indemnified the league against litigation by her husband. About $1 billion from the transaction remained in an NBA-controlled escrow account pending the lawsuit’s resolution. That meant Sterling was, in essence, suing himself.

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Blake Griffin Exhibiting No Signs Of Interest In Playing For Hometown Thunder

Nov 17, 2016 10:41 AM

Blake Griffin grew up in Oklahoma but there have been no signs that he would have interest in playing for his hometown Oklahoma City Thunder, according to several sources.

Griffin has spent most of his career playing with one of the greatest point guards of all-time in Chris Paul and joining the Thunder would allow him to play with another special point guard in Russell Westbrook.

Griffin has an early termination option in his deal with the Clippers this summer.

Griffin is averaging 20.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 32.3 minutes per game through 12 games this season.

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Chris Paul Underwent LASIK Eye Surgery In Offseason

Nov 16, 2016 4:05 PM

Chris Paul underwent LASIK eye surgery during the offseason.

Paul is shooting a career high 47.3 percent on his three-point attempts over the first 11 games of the season. Paul is shooting 91.4 percent on his free throws, which would also be a career high.

Paul turned 31 in May and is in his 12th NBA season.

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Blake Griffin Remains Focused On Season, Not Free Agency

Nov 10, 2016 10:38 AM

Blake Griffin dismissed the notion that those close to him may recruit him to play for his hometown Oklahoma City Thunder when he becomes a free agent this offseason.

"People that I talk to and my friends and family from back home, I think they're ... I would say true friends and family, where they know that my main focus is this season and this team," Griffin said. "And they know that I enjoy playing here and I love this team, coaching staff, everybody. So they know that that's my main focus. So I think they pretty much know not to bring that up."

Griffin hasn't yet considered the prospects of free agency.

"It's honestly nothing I even really think about," Griffin said to SiriusXM NBA Radio during the preseason. "Haven't had a conversation with anybody. That includes friends, family, agents, coaches, teammates. ... It's not a conversation I have. I got a lot of basketball left to play this year. I got a full season, postseason, still got some preseason. So that's on the back on my mind. I'll deal with that when the appropriate time comes. But right now isn't the time."

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Blake Griffin Hasn't Begun Thinking About Free Agency
Blake Griffin will essentially be in a contract year as he's expected to decline his $21.4 million player option for 17-18.

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Austin Rivers Turned Down More Money To Re-Sign With Clippers
Doc Rivers thought the Clippers could lose Austin Rivers to the lure of more minutes and a bigger role.

Dan Woike/Orange County Register

Dunc'd On: Los Angeles Clippers Season Outlook w/ DJ Foster
Nate Duncan and DJ Foster discuss the return of Blake Griffin from injury and the steps GM Roc Divers took to fill out coach Doc Rivers' bench with minimal flexibility.

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Clippers To Waive Dorell Wright, Xavier Munford
The Clippers didn't have a roster spot available unless they eliminated a guaranteed contract.

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Brice Johnson Out Indefinitely With Herniated Disc In Lower Back
Brice Johnson averaged 15.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in five games in Summer League.

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Steve Ballmer Has Interest In Building Basketball-Only Arena In Los Angeles
The Clippers have interest in building a facility on the Westside or in Inglewood near the Rams' new facility.

Dan Woike/Orange County Register

Blake Griffin Spent Offseason Working On Three-Pointer
Blake Griffin has taken only 87 3-point shots in his last 182 games, hitting 32.2 percent of them.

Dan Woike/Orange County Register

Paul Pierce To Retire After 16-17 Season
Paul Pierce averaged only 6.1 points and 2.7 rebounds per game last season.

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Clippers Would Have Signed Kevin Garnett, Interested In Giving Him Post-Playing Role
Doc Rivers would have had interest in the Clippers signing Kevin Garnett had he decided to continue his playing career with a team other than the Wolves.

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Clippers Agree To Camp Deal With Xavier Munford
Xavier Munford averaged 5.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 17.4 minutes over 14 games with the Grizzlies last season.

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Clippers Nearing Deal To Retain Streaming Rights
Under the current terms, only current Prime Ticket customers would be allowed to stream the games.

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Doc Rivers: DeAndre Jordan 'Seems Himself Now As A Star'
Doc Rivers hopes the Olympic experience of DeAndre Jordan improves his game with the Clippers this season.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Clippers Hire Monte Mathis As Scout
Monte Mathis has previously been an assistant coach with the Mavericks and Magic and will now report to Lawrence Frank.

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Paul Pierce Still Undecided About Playing In 16-17
Paul Pierce has two seasons and $7 million remaining on his contract with the Clippers.

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Paul Hewitt Hired By Clippers As Scout
Paul Hewitt was previously head coach at Georgia Tech and George Mason.

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Blake Griffin: I Didn't Deserve Summer Break
Blake Griffin didn't take much time off this summer as he looks to bounce back from an injury-plagued season.

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RealGM Radio: Pacific Division With Kevin Pelton, Ben Golliver
Host Danny Leroux, Kevin Pelton of ESPN Insider and Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated break down the Pacific Division including an offseason review and regular season preview.

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Report: Blake Griffin Expects To Re-Sign With Clippers In 2017
Blake Griffin reportedly doesn't have interest in considering other teams, at least at this point.

Steve Kyler/Basketball Insiders

Chris Paul Puts Bel-Air Mansion For Sale At $11.495M
Chris Paul has since bought another home in Calabasas for $8.995 million.

Neal J. Leitereg/Los Angeles Times

Paul Pierce Planning On Playing In 16-17
Paul Pierce has wavered with his decision for most of the summer and could again change his mind.

Dan Woike/Los Angeles Daily News