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Chris Paul Out 6-8 Weeks With Thumb Surgery

Jan 17, 2017 7:36 PM

The L.A. Clippers announced that Chris Paul will undergo surgery on Wednesday, Jan. 18 to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb.

Dr. Steve Shin will perform the procedure.

Paul is expected to miss approximately six-to-eight weeks and will continue to undergo treatment and evaluation by the Clippers medical staff.

In 36 games this season, the Clippers are 26-9 with Paul in the lineup. The nine-time NBA All-Star is averaging 17.5. points, 9.7 assists and 5.3 rebounds this season and leads the NBA with 2.25 steals per game.

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Chris Paul Sprains Left Thumb, X-Rays Negative

Jan 17, 2017 1:18 AM

Chris Paul sprained his left thumb in the second quarter of the Los Angeles Clippers' win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday.

X-rays on the thumb were negative, a team source said.

Paul was defending Russell Westbrook and sprained the thumb fighting over a screen set by Joffrey Lauvergne at the top of the 3-point line.

Paul sprained the same thumb during a practice late in the preseason.

The last time Paul sprained his left thumb in season was during the first round of the 2014 playoffs against the Golden State Warriors. The Clippers won the series in seven games.

Paul broke his right hand in Game 4 of the first round against the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2016 playoffs.

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Carmelo Anthony Reportedly Would Only Approve Trade To Cavs, Clippers

Jan 14, 2017 9:51 PM

Carmelo Anthony has a no-trade clause in his contract, which limits the New York Knicks' options.

Anthony re-signed with the Knicks on a five-year, $124 million deal in 2014 with a full no-trade clause. While Anthony has a no-trade clause and has said he'd like to remain with the New York Knicks, he could approve a trade to either the Cleveland Cavaliers or Los Angeles Clippers.

"It’s understood that he’d only accept being dealt to the Cavaliers or the Clippers," wrote Charley Rosen, who is perhaps the media member with the closest relationship with Phil Jackson.

Anthony has an early termination option after the 17-18 season.

Anthony has a PER of 19.4 this season, down from his career highs of 24.8 in 12-13 and 24.2 in 13-14.

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Blake Griffin On Track To Return During Last Week Of January

Jan 12, 2017 11:07 AM

Blake Griffin is on target to return from his routine arthroscopic procedure to remove loose bodies from his right knee on Dec. 20.

Griffin missed his 13th straight game on Wednesday night.

Rivers wouldn't specify a return date, but team sources said the Clippers are hopeful he could return during the last week of January, which would correspond with the initial diagnosis of four to six weeks.

"I don't know if he's ahead of schedule, on schedule, but all things are go for him -- and that's very positive for us," Rivers said.

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Kevin Garnett Hired By Clippers As Consultant

Jan 10, 2017 5:03 PM

Kevin Garnett has been hired by the Los Angeles Clippers as a consultant.

Garnett was at the Clippers' practice on Tuesday.

After retiring as an active player just before this season following a two-decade career, Garnett made a training camp appearance with the Clippers. 

Garnett played for Doc Rivers in Boston for six seasons

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Matt Barnes Thought Return To Clippers In 2016 Was 'Done Deal'

Jan 7, 2017 5:33 PM

Matt Barnes was close to signing with the Los Angeles Clippers in the offseason, while he also considered the Golden State Warriors before signing with the Sacramento Kings.

“It came down to the Clippers, Warriors, and Sacramento kind of jumped in late,” he said. “[Coming home] was always something I wanted to do. I just didn’t know it was going to happen. I just happened to be home for the Fourth of July visiting my family and I signed. It was kind ironic that I just happened to be in Sacramento when they called.”


Barnes signed a two-year, $12.5 million deal with the Kings.

“I thought it was a done deal, I was going to the Clippers,” said Barnes. “The day before I was supposed to meet with Doc (Rivers), they decided to go in another direction with Wesley Johnson. That was obviously my first choice at the time, to be close to my kids. Golden State was always a choice; they just didn’t have very much money. I’ve always been the guy to take less money to play on a better team, but the price gap was too far on this one.

“It’s always been a dream and a goal of mine to come back home at some point. To get a chance to play with DeMarcus, Rudy [Gay], and some of these guys has been a great experience.”

The Clippers traded Barnes during the 2015 offseason for Lance Stephenson.

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Chris Paul Day-To-Day With Strained Left Hamstring

Dec 23, 2016 12:23 PM

Chris Paul will be listed as day-to-day after straining his left hamstring in the third quarter of Thursday's 106-101 victory over the Spurs. 

"I don't think it's bad, but you don't really know about a hamstring until the next day," Doc Rivers said. 

The Clippers are already without Blake Griffin after he underwent surgery on his right knee.

Paul had 19 points and six assists in 23 minutes before pulling up on defense in the third quarter. 


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Blake Griffin Out 3-6 Weeks With Surgery On Right Knee

Dec 19, 2016 4:10 PM

Blake Griffin will miss three to six weeks with arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

The surgery will clean up loose bodies in his knee.

Griffin is averaging 21.0 points, 8.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists this season.

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Blake Griffin To Undergo Minor Surgery On Right Knee

Dec 19, 2016 12:55 AM

Blake Griffin will undergo minor surgery on his right knee and be out until some point in January.

Griffin will undergo the procedure, considered a “clean up,” early this week.

Griffin has recently dealt with left calf and knee soreness.

Griffin had surgery on his right knee in his freshman season at Oklahoma in 2008 and had a procedure for a torn left kneecap as a rookie with the Clippers in 2010.

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Hassan Whiteside Clarifies Comments About DeAndre Jordan

Dec 16, 2016 8:17 PM

Hassan Whiteside has clarified his comments about DeAndre Jordan.

"He catches lobs. I shoot jumpers, catch lobs and block shots. I do a lot. He just catches lobs," said Whiteside about Jordan on Thursday.

Whiteside stressed Friday his point was that with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick alongside, Jordan had more leeway to focus on his All-NBA-level shot-blocking and rebounding.

"Definitely misconstrued," Whiteside said in front of his locker. "First, I would never diss another big fella. I'm all for the big guys in the game. I was just saying on the offensive end, our roles are different. Obviously, he's a top-three rebounder and one of the best defensive players in the game. I didn't think I had to explain that, but I see I do. Quote me on that."

Whiteside acknowledged that he also was able to focus primarily on lob offense when he had Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh as teammates.

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Clippers Pursued Sign-And-Trade For Gordon Hayward In 2014
Doc Rivers is an admirer of Gordon Hayward's game and the Clippers have long had a hole at small forward.

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David Stern: There Was Never A Chris Paul To Lakers Trade To 'Void'
David Stern was asked about the proposed trade of Chris Paul to the Lakers that was canceled by him when the NBA were assuming control of New Orleans.

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

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Blake Griffin: Our Spirit As A Team Is Great Now
Everyone around the Clippers swears the vibe around the team is the best it has been since Chris Paul arrived via trade in December of 2011.

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Clippers Expect Chris Paul To Seek Full Five-Year Max Contract
Chris Paul turns 32 in May and his new five-year deal would take him well past 35.

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Blake Griffin: You Cherish Being A Good Team
Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick will all be free agents this offseason and part of the Clippers' early success has been not taking what they have now for granted.

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Chris Paul, Blake Griffin Enjoying Best Chemistry Of Time Together
Fatherhood has changed the dynamic between Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.

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RealGM Radio: Dan Woike On The Clippers
Host Danny Leroux and Dan Woike of the Orange County Register go in-depth on the Clippers.

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Donald Sterling Settles Lawsuit Against NBA
Donald Sterling sought more than $1 billion in damages.

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Blake Griffin Exhibiting No Signs Of Interest In Playing For Hometown Thunder
Blake Griffin has an early termination option in his deal with the Clippers this summer.

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Chris Paul Underwent LASIK Eye Surgery In Offseason
Chris Paul is shooting a career high 47.3 percent on his three-point attempts over the first 11 games of the season.

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Blake Griffin Remains Focused On Season, Not Free Agency
Blake Griffin dismissed the notion that those close to him may recruit him to play for his hometown Thunder when he becomes a free agent this offseason.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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