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Clippers Suspend Blake Griffin Four Games

Feb 9, 2016 4:14 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have given Blake Griffin a four-game suspension for punching a team equipment manager.

Griffin will also be fined another game's pay that will be donated to charity.

Doc Rivers released the following statement:

"The L.A. Clippers announced today that forward Blake Griffin has been suspended without pay for four games for striking a team employee on Jan. 23 and his wages will be withheld for one additional game for injuries he sustained. The NBA has assisted us in this process.

"The Clippers will donate the salary from the five games to charities focused on disadvantaged youth in Los Angeles. At his request, Blake will support this activity with his time.

"We have made it clear that this conduct has no place in the Clippers organization. Blake is remorseful and has apologized for his actions. He is a valued member of our Clippers family and we support him as he rejoins the team. He understands his actions have consequences, and is eager to get back to work with his teammates, the organization and Clipper Nation which starts immediately with rehab, appearances and attendance at games.

"For our team and organization, it is time to move forward which begins today and ultimately concludes when we have Blake back on the court."

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Tags: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Suspension

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Austin Rivers Out 4-6 Weeks With Broken Left Hand

Feb 6, 2016 11:01 PM

Austin Rivers will likely miss four to six weeks with a broken left hand.

The Los Angeles Clippers are already without Blake Griffin due to a broken hand.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

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Blake Griffin Undergoes Additional Hand Surgery

Feb 5, 2016 7:57 PM

Blake Griffin underwent a second procedure on his broken right hand this week.

The procedure was related to the surgery Griffin had on his hand last week, after he suffered a spiral fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand during a Jan. 23 altercation with Clippers equipment manager Matias Testi.

Griffin's recovery timeframe of four to six weeks remains in place and the procedure is not considered a setback.

Griffin hasn't played since Dec. 25th when he suffered a partially torn quadriceps tendon.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Tags: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Clippers Have Received Blake Griffin Trade Offers From Multiple Teams

Feb 5, 2016 4:52 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have received trade proposals on Blake Griffin from multiple teams.

But the Clippers remain reluctant to trade Griffin, who has been having the best season of his career at the age of 26 before he was injured.

Griffin is under contract through the 16-17 season.

Griffin is out for two months after injuring his hand punching the Clippers' equipment manager.

"Blake's ours and he's going to stay ours," Doc Rivers said before the Clippers played the Orlando Magic on Friday.

Ben Bolch/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jeff Ayres Signs 2nd 10-Day Contract With Clippers

Feb 2, 2016 6:19 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have signed forward Jeff Ayres to a second 10-day contract.

A five-year NBA veteran, Ayres, 28, has appeared in three games with the Clippers scoring two points and grabbing two rebounds. 

In 223 career regular season games with Portland, Indiana, San Antonio and Los Angeles, he is averaging 3.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in 10.0 minutes. Ayres was a member of the 2014 NBA Champion Spurs and has played in 36 career Playoff games.

The Ontario, CA native most recently played for the Idaho Stampede in the NBA Developmental League, averaging 16.3 points and 9.5 rebounds in 23 games this season and was named a 2015 D-League All-Star.

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Clippers Willing To Deal Blake Griffin For Durant In Sign-And-Trade

Feb 2, 2016 1:51 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers are determined to play out the season with Blake Griffin despite receiving trade calls on his availability.

The Clippers are expected to pursue Kevin Durant in free agency and wouldn't hesitate to trade away Griffin for him.

The Thunder would resist a sign-and-trade deal involving Durant until they're sure he would leave anyway.

Griffin is an Oklahoma native and he would give the Thunder the opportunity to acquire another perennial All-Star.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Clippers Prefer NBA To Handle Punishment To Blake Griffin

Jan 30, 2016 3:43 PM

Doc Rivers said he's been assured Blake Griffin is regretful over an off court incident in which he punched a Los Angeles Clippers' employee and broke his hand.

"He feels awful about it, and he's let everyone know that," Rivers said. "That's all you can do. You have to forgive people at some point. I believe that. We built Richard Nixon a library. I mean, my goodness. You forgive people. You really do. You kind of move on, and you build it back."

Rivers said the Clippers will defer to the league on any punishment meted out to Griffin.

"Both parties will get together," Rivers said. "Usually the league leads on that stuff."

Kevin Arnovitz/ESPN

Tags: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA

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Doc Rivers Would Prefer To Trade Away Blake Griffin If Clippers Break Up Core

Jan 29, 2016 9:20 AM

If the Los Angeles Clippers have to break up their Big 3, Doc Rivers reportedly would prefer to trade away Blake Griffin.

Griffin is entering the later stages of his prime and his game may not age well unless he eventually develops a three-pointer.

Griffin would also give the Clippers the strongest return.

The Clippers are 22-9 without Griffin over the past two seasons and 13-3 since he's been out this season.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

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DeAndre Jordan Interviewed By NBA In Griffin Investigation

Jan 28, 2016 10:05 AM

DeAndre Jordan and Los Angeles Clippers assistant athletic trainer Joe Resendez were interviewed by the NBA in its investigation of Blake Griffin punching Matias Testi.

Jordan and Resendez were at dinner with Griffin and Matias Testi in Toronto when teasing became violent and Griffin punched Testi twice.

"Those guys are really close friends of mine, like brothers to me," Jordan said of Griffin and Testi, according to the newspaper.

 

Griffin broke his hand in the incident and will miss 4-6 weeks.

Doc Rivers said Griffin and Testi will be welcomed back to the team, with Griffin possibly attending Friday's game in Los Angeles against the Lakers.

Los Angeles Times (via ESPN)

Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Suspension

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Blake Griffin Apologizes For Punching Clippers' Equipment Manager

Jan 27, 2016 12:39 AM

Blake Griffin is out for four to six weeks with a broken hand from an incident involving a Los Angeles Clippers' equipment manager.

Griffin released the following statement:

"A situation among friends escalated and I regret the way I handled myself towards someone I care about. I want to apologize to the Clippers' organization, my teammates and the fans for creating a distraction. I am working with the team on a resolution and getting back in the game as soon as possible."

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J.J. Redick To Host Weekly Podcast On Vertical Network
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Blake Griffin Punches Clippers' Employee, Out 4-6 Weeks With Broken Hand
The hand injury is expected to keep Blake Griffin out "a matter of weeks, as opposed to days."

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Clippers To Sign Jeff Ayres To 10-Day Contract
Jeff Ayres spent two seasons with the Spurs and has most recently been with the Stampede of the D-League.

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Blake Griffin Ramps Up Workouts, Could Return Tuesday
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Josh Smith Traded By Clippers Back To Rockets
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LeBron James, Chris Paul Named Players Of The Week
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Brandon Jennings Believes Draymond Green Better Than Blake Griffin
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Clippers Assign Branden Dawson To D-League
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Blake Griffin Has Partially Torn Quad
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Chris Paul: I Don't Play For Anybody To Like Me
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Clippers Would Like Blake Griffin To Shoot More Three-Pointers
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Rivers Calls Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith Rumors 'Silly Talk'
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Paul Pierce Won't Decide On Retirement Until Offseason
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Clippers Testing Trade Market With Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith
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Branden Dawson Assigned By Clippers To D-League
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Chris Paul Out At Least Two Games With Inflamed Rib Cartilage
The injured flared up for Chris Paul around Thanksgiving.

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Josh Smith, Unnamed Assistant Coach Engage In Argument After Loss
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Parsons: DeAndre Jordan Not A Priority To Mavs Or Even Clippers
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Chris Paul Suffers Strained Right Groin
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