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Blake Griffin Hasn't Begun Thinking About Free Agency

Oct 27, 2016 11:07 AM

Blake Griffin was plagued by injuries last season, injuries that occurred both on and off the court.

“I don’t ever enjoy time away from the game,” Griffin said. “But it does make you appreciate what you have. Every time something is taken away, you’re forced to take a step back and realize how much that thing means to you. You don’t realize what you’ve got until it’s gone. This was a good restart, for me to remember why I’m here and what I love doing the most.”   

Griffin finished third in MVP voting during the 13-14 season.

Griffin will essentially be in a contract year as he's expected to decline his $21.4 million player option for 17-18 with the Los Angeles Clippers to sign a long-term max contract.

“Contract year or not a contract year, I’m playing the exact same way and focused on the exact same things,” Griffin says. “I haven’t had any conversations about free agency or about anything. If there’s something that anybody hears throughout the course of the season, it’s false, because it didn’t come from me. … This season is just like any other season. My main focus is to accomplish what we’re here to accomplish, and that’s a championship.”

Griffin has been linked to his hometown Oklahoma City Thunder.

“That talk doesn’t impact me,” Griffin says dismissively, when reminded about the hopeful hometown theory. “It’s always going to be there. Fans always want to speculate. My main focus all summer long was getting healthy and getting better. My main focus now is this season. There’s so much basketball to play. I don’t want to say what other players do is none of my business, because it does affect your business whether you’re playing against them. But whether KD is in Oklahoma or Golden State, it’s all the same. We’re going to lace up and play whatever team anybody is with.”

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Austin Rivers Turned Down More Money To Re-Sign With Clippers

Oct 26, 2016 1:19 PM

Austin Rivers says he took less money to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Rivers received interest from the Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks.

“I took less to come back here,” he said. “... I’m not taking this for granted. I was on a team where it was very bad. There are only four or five teams in the league with a realistic chance to win this year, and I think we’re one of them. I’m not taking this for granted. I know if I go somewhere else, I might not ever be on a team like this again. A lot of people go their whole career and never play on a team like this.”

Doc Rivers thought the Clippers could lose his son to the lure of more minutes and a bigger role.

“He could’ve had that opportunity,” Doc Rivers said. “For him to come back, it shows that winning is far more important and he enjoys the group.”


Austin says it is actually harder to play for his father than it would be for another coach.

“It’s the complete opposite. People who think that are (expletive) idiots. It actually gets me angry,” he said. “You can say it. ‘People are idiots.’ You can write that one down.

“I haven’t played for him my whole life, so it’s not like I had it easy. The whole rest of my career – when I was still successful – the No. 1 player in high school, one of the top five, top 10 players in college at Duke. I wasn’t with my father. I haven’t had it easy.”


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Dunc'd On: Los Angeles Clippers Season Outlook w/ DJ Foster

Oct 13, 2016 3:55 AM

DJ Foster of Fox Sports and Locked on Clippers joins for the Los Angeles Clippers season outlook. We 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. We also hit on potential breakout and regression candidates, playing time and lineup issues, key questions for success this year, and give our predictions for the Clippers season.


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Clippers To Waive Dorell Wright, Xavier Munford

Oct 12, 2016 12:58 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers will waive Dorell Wright and Xavier Munford.

The Clippers didn't have a roster spot available unless they eliminated a guaranteed contract.

Wright played in China last season until joining the Heat at the end of the season.

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Brice Johnson Out Indefinitely With Herniated Disc In Lower Back

Oct 8, 2016 4:42 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have announced Brice Johnson suffered an acute herniated disc in his lower back in the fourth quarter of the Clippers preseason win over the Toronto Raptors on Oct. 6.

Johnson is out indefinitely and will continue to undergo additional evaluation by the Clippers medical staff.

Johnson was the 25th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft out of North Carolina. 

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

Oct 5, 2016 7:10 PM

Steve Ballmer has confirmed the Los Angeles Clippers could leave Staples Center once their lease ends in 2024.

“When you have seven or eight years left on your lease ... you’d better have an option than just going back to your current landlord hat in hand, saying, ‘Please, please sir, please give me the chance to play in your building again,” Ballmer said. “So, yeah, we’re going to have real options. We’re sort of putting those options together today.

“Staples (Center) is a great building, but if you look around the NBA, there are other great buildings that were optimized for basketball.”

The Clippers have interest in building a facility on the Westside of Los Angeles or in Inglewood near the Los Angeles Rams' new facility.

“If you want to build a new building, you can’t come up with that idea six months before the start of the season and sign a contract,” Ballmer said Monday. “There’s a long period that would be required to put a site together, get it permitted et cetera. So, we’re out now evaluating options.”

Ballmer has previously said the Clippers wouldn't leave the Los Angeles market in his lifetime.


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Blake Griffin Spent Offseason Working On Three-Pointer

Sep 29, 2016 9:01 PM

Blake Griffin is hoping to add a three-point shot to his game this season.

Griffin has taken only 87 3-point shots in his last 182 games, hitting 32.2 percent of them. 

Griffin said he shot more 3’s than he’s ever shot before during the offseason, nearly mirroring his work from the long mid-range. 

If Griffin is able to shoot a respectable three-point shot, he would help the Clippers solve their spacing issues.

“I want to be someone who shoots from there confidently, for sure,” Griffin said. “A lot of us power forwards, our strength is inside or our versatility. You look at the best power forwards, Anthony Davis, LaMarcus (Aldridge), Draymond (Green) ... they can all shoot but they can all put the ball on the floor and they can all score inside. I don’t necessarily think falling in love with the 3-point shot is a good idea, but shooting it confidently from there is great.”

Green made 100 three-pointers last season, which helped the Warriors go small.

“The further out I can stretch, the more I can help open up the floor,” Griffin said.

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Paul Pierce To Retire After 16-17 Season

Sep 26, 2016 11:24 AM

Paul Pierce has announced he will return to the Los Angeles Clippers for his 19th NBA season and then retire.

"This is it, my final season," Pierce wrote on The Players' Tribune. "It's time to move on from the game of basketball. Just like any difficult decision, I think you've got to be at peace with yourself. I'm at peace with retiring, but I've got one more ride left. One more season. One more opportunity."

Pierce averaged only 6.1 points and 2.7 rebounds per game last season.

"With the Clippers, in the city where I grew up, I feel like I have that opportunity on a great team," Pierce wrote Monday. "We're hungry. We want to win a championship.

"After 18 NBA years, it's hard to believe I'll be playing in each arena for the last time. So I'm going to enjoy every practice, every bus ride, every team dinner, every time running out through the tunnel. I'm going to do my part to give us a shot at the ultimate goal."


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Clippers Would Have Signed Kevin Garnett, Interested In Giving Him Post-Playing Role

Sep 23, 2016 9:34 PM

Doc Rivers would have had interest in the Los Angeles Clippers signing Kevin Garnett had he decided to continue his playing career with a team other than the Minnesota Timberwolves.

"He doesn't want to play," Rivers said. "I'm sure he won't play again. I think he realized, 'Why am I doing this?'


"I would have absolutely been interested in bringing him here. You always find a place for a guy like that, whose voice in the locker room is so strong, so clear, so impactful.

"He's such a great teacher in practice. He should start a course in leadership. The NBA should designate who the best player is on each team and then they could bring Kevin in and he could teach them how to be the best player and the best leader. Better yet, they could bring him and Tim [Duncan] in and they could teach it together and show people how it can be done in two completely opposite ways."

Garnett was encouraged by friend, confidant and former coach Flip Saunders to sign a two-year, $16 million contract with the Timberwolves in 2015.

Garnett was visibly upset when told Sam Mitchell would not be retained. His strained relationship with current owner Glen Taylor further deteriorated after Mitchell's ouster.

Taylor acknowledged this week that he hadn't spoken with Garnett for months. 

Garnett will stay in the game in some capacity, Rivers confirmed, and said he's already thinking up ways to bring him into the Clippers fold. Garnett has a home in Malibu, California.

"I'm going to offer him something," Rivers said. "I don't want to say too much right now. I just know he'd be a great asset to any team."

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Clippers Agree To Camp Deal With Xavier Munford

Sep 21, 2016 4:12 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to sign Xavier Munford to a camp deal.

Munford averaged 5.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 17.4 minutes over 14 games with the Memphis Grizzlies last season.

Munford played for the Los Angeles Lakers in Summer League in each of the past two seasons.

Munford went undrafted out of Rhode Island in 2014.

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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.

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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.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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

Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan Have Grown Closer During Team USA
Kevin Durant considers DeAndre Jordan one of his best friends in the NBA.

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Thunder Expected To Pursue Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin is originally from Oklahoma but has played his entire NBA career for the Clippers.

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Alan Anderson Agrees To Sign With Clippers On One-Year, $1.5M Deal
Alan Anderson was limited to 13 games last season after undergoing multiple surgeries on his ankles.

Dan Woike/Orange County Register

Clippers Were Told They Were In Top-3 On Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant was reportedly "blown away" by the presentation of the Clippers.

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Doc Rivers: It's Been Miraculous How We've Built With Minimum Contract Players
The general manager tenure of Doc Rivers with the Clippers has been uneven as he tries to build a supporting cast around Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.

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Doc Rivers Hopes Blake Griffin Ends Career With Clippers
Doc Rivers says the Clippers aren't receiving calls on Blake Griffin because teams know he's unavailable.

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Clippers Exploring Sites For New Arena In Los Angeles
One area of interest for the Clippers is on the Westside of Los Angeles.

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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.

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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.

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