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Chris Paul Re-Elected NBPA President, Garrett Temple Elected VP

Jun 24, 2017 7:20 PM

Chris Paul has been re-elected as president of the National Basketball Players Association and his new four-year term begins immediately. 

Paul says he's "humbled that my fellow players have voted to have me continue."

Garrett Temple has been elected vice president, replacing Kyle Korver.

Paul helped the players avoid a lockout by renegotiating the NBA's collective bargaining agreement with the owners.

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Clippers Deny Offering DeAndre Jordan In Trade Talks

Jun 23, 2017 10:15 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have denied shopping DeAndre Jordan in pre-draft trade talks.

"DeAndre was never, ever dangled out there," Lawrence Frank said.

ESPN's Chris Haynes reported this week that the Clippers were gauging the market on Jordan.

Jordan has two seasons and $46 million remaining on his contract but he's expected to become a free agent in 2018.

"DeAndre's a cornerstone to what we do, and it's funny, if you track every rumor, literally every single player outside of maybe the guys on Golden State and LeBron were mentioned," Frank said. "So, you know, in the front office what we've learned quickly is you can't dispel everything.

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Chris Paul To Exercise ETO To Enter Free Agency

Jun 23, 2017 7:41 PM

Chris Paul has will exercise his early termination option with the Los Angeles Clippers to become a free agent.

Paul can sign a five-year, $201 million contract with the Clippers, or a four-year, $149 million deal with a rival team.

Paul is expected to consider signing with the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets, along with the Clippers. The Denver Nuggets are also considered an option for Paul.

As president of the NBPA, Paul was instrumental in moving the over-36 rule up to 38.

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Blake Griffin Opts For Free Agency

Jun 23, 2017 6:30 PM

Blake Griffin has opted out of his contract for the 17-18 season with the Los Angeles Clippers to become a free agent.

Griffin can sign a five-year max contract with the Clippers worth approximately $172 million or a four-year, $128 million max with a rival team.

Griffin is expected to receive interest from the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat.

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Spurs Have 'Strong Interest' In Chris Paul, Derrick Rose

Jun 22, 2017 10:59 AM

The San Antonio Spurs have "strong interest" in both Chris Paul and Derrick Rose.

The Spurs have been maneuvering their cap situation in order to clear space to pursue free agents. San Antonio is even considering trading away LaMarcus Aldridge.

Rose will come at a significantly lower cost for the Spurs than Paul. The Los Angeles Clippers are expected to offer Paul a max contract at 35 percent of the cap, while Rose could only command up to 30 percent of the cap, which he's unlikely to even receive considering the point guard market.

Rose has said he would like to re-sign with the New York Knicks.

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Tags: Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Clippers Intend To Buy 2nd Round Pick

Jun 21, 2017 11:39 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers don't own a single draft pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, but they plan on buying an early second round selection.

The Clippers are prepared to pay upwards of $2 million to get into the draft.

According to several NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, the Clippers have been calling teams who have second-round picks in the 35-50 range.

The Philadelphia 76ers own four second round picks, while the Boston Celtics own three. The Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz each own two first round picks, which could lead them to sell a second rounder.

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Clippers Exploring Trade Value Of DeAndre Jordan

Jun 20, 2017 10:06 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers are exploring the trade market for DeAndre Jordan.

The Clippers are hoping to get younger and have discussed a trade with the Phoenix Suns for the No. 4 pick and Tyson Chandler. Phoenix is believed to not be interested in the trade scenario.

If the Clippers lose Blake Griffin in free agency, they may more aggressively pursue a trade of Jordan. 

Jordan has two years and $46 million remaining on his current contract but he's expected to opt for free agency in 2018.

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Clippers Paying Jerry West $4M-$5M Per Season, Hope He Helps Land LeBron In 2018

Jun 19, 2017 8:33 PM

Jerry West will be paid between $4 million and $5 million per season by the Los Angeles Clippers.

Steve Ballmer hired West, at least in part, to improve the Clippers' odds of signing LeBron James in 2018.

West previously spent six seasons with the Golden State Warriors.

James and West have built a connection over the years.

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Knicks Had Opportunity To Sign Chris Paul If Not For Alienation Of Carmelo

Jun 19, 2017 6:59 PM

The New York Knicks are attempting to part ways with Carmelo Anthony but there is an alternate scenario in which they pursue Chris Paul in free agency selling him on Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis. 

"Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony should have been walking arm in arm to go greet Chris Paul for free agency," said Adrian Wojnarowski. "There's an opportunity to get Chris Paul on this market. He may stay in L.A. and part of it might be because there's nowhere else that makes perfect sense that is worth giving up the money for, but he may go. New York should have been in the Chris Paul conversation.

"Whatever you think of Carmelo, he's extremely popular with that elite group of players.

"I think Phil has done such a disservice to the chances the Knicks have of getting involved with anybody. Carmelo is a cautionary tale of why you don't want to go there."

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Andre Iguodala To Receive Interest From Jazz, Clippers, Bulls, Wolves, Hawks

Jun 19, 2017 11:58 AM

Andre Iguodala plans to give serious consideration to leaving the Golden State Warriors in free agency.

Teams would have to show Iguodala a vision of moving towards contention.

The Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves and Atlanta Hawks are expected to pursue discussions with Iguodala.

Iguodala could command as much as $20 million annually on the open market.

Golden State’s salary situation will be complicated, even with Durant possibly willing to accept approximately $3.5 million less in salary in a one-year deal to accommodate the re-signing of the team’s core players. 

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News reported last week Iguodala was expected to re-sign with the Warriors on a contract worth anywhere between $8 million and $12 million per season.

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Chris Paul Expected To Meet With Clippers, Spurs, Nuggets, Rockets
The Clippers have recently become "nervous" about the possibility of Chris Paul leaving.

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Jerry West Leaves Warriors To Join Clippers' Front Office
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Inglewood To Vote On New Arena For Clippers
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LeBron James In Play To Leave Cleveland Again In 2018
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Celtics Considered Primary Threat To Sign Blake Griffin Away From Clippers
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Sources Consider Lakers, Clippers Viable Destinations For LeBron James In 2018
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Steve Ballmer: We've Been Kicking The Lakers' Ass
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Chris Paul To Seriously Consider Signing With Spurs
Chris Paul is intrigued by joining forces with Kawhi Leonard and Gregg Popovich.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Jerry West Meets With Clippers Despite Warriors In Finals
Jerry West discussed the opportunity with Steve Ballmer and Doc Rivers.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Clippers Interested In Hiring Jerry West
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Marc Stein/ESPN

Doc Rivers: Durant Joining Warriors 'Tough To Watch For Anybody That's Competitive'
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Mike & Mike/ESPN (via Sporting News)

Clippers Concerned By Spurs' Possible Pursuit Of Chris Paul
The Spurs don't currently have enough cap space to sign Chris Paul to a max contract, but they could conceivably clear room.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Chris Paul, Spurs Believed To Have Mutual Interest
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Zach Lowe/ESPN

76ers, Nets, Knicks Interested In J.J. Redick
The 76ers are the team said to be most interested in J.J. Redick.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical (via Nets Daily)

Lawrence Frank Supportive Of Clippers' Pursuit Of Carmelo Anthony
The Knicks would likely need to acquire J.J. Redick in a sign-and-trade in order for a Carmelo Anthony to the Clippers deal to be realistic.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Doc Rivers: Clippers Need Length, Two-Way Players
Doc Rivers is looking forward to shifting towards the front office aspects of his job.

Jill Painter Lopez/Associated Press

Blake Griffin Undergoes Successful Surgery On Right Big Toe
The surgery was performed by foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte.

RealGM Staff Report

Blake Griffin, Clippers Hope To Agree Upon Max Contract
The Clippers can offer Blake Griffin a five-year deal worth approximately $175 million while a rival team can offer $130 million over four seasons.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Knicks, Clippers Expected To Revisit Carmelo Anthony Trade With J.J. Redick Included
If the two sides expand the deal, Courtney Lee could also be included heading with Carmelo Anthony to the Clippers

Marc Berman/New York Post

Blake Griffin Considered More Likely To Leave Clippers Than Chris Paul
Blake Griffin's personality could lend him to consider the decision privately instead of taking a series of public meetings.

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