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Clippers Believed To Be Paul's New Preferred Team

If Chris Paul cannot go to either the Knicks or Lakers, his preference is to end up with the Cilppers, according to sources.

If Paul is willing to pick up his 12-13 option at the time of a trade, delaying his free agency by one year, the Clippers are prepared to give up either Eric Gordon or Minnesota's unprotected No. 1 pick for 2012.

This would delay Paul's free agency by one season.

Sources are confident that they can keep Paul on a long-term deal, especially if they can sign Blake Griffin next summer.

Via Marc Stein, Chris Broussard/ESPN

Warriors Exec Jerry West 'Not Sure' About DeAndre Jordan

Warriors executive board member Jerry West offered his thoughts on DeAndre Jordan, a restricted free agent the Warriors signed to a four-year, $43 million offer sheet.

“He’s a young, active player who is probably coming into his own,” West said. “Those are the kinds of players who people are willing to take chances on in terms of paying a lot of money. At the end of the day, you have to find out what’s in store for anyone. I’m just not really sure about him.”

The Los Angeles Clippers have three days to match the Warriors’ offer.

“It’s obvious that they need a low-post defender to help who they have, somebody who’s big and long and takes up a lot of space. But at what price?” West said. “I would never recommend or even consider signing someone unless it was just going to be a one-year fix for you. It gives the coach another piece of the puzzle. To me, everything has to play out, and, by Wednesday, we’ll know where things are. Then, you go to Plan B.”

Via San Francisco Chronicle

Clippers To Match DeAndre Jordan Offer Sheet

The Los Angeles Clippers will match the reported four-year, $40 million offer sheet made to their restricted free agent DeAndre Jordan by the Golden State Warriors Saturday, according to a source.

Jordan averaged 10.0 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per 36 minutes during the 10-11 season. Jordan started 66 games and averaged 25.6 minutes.

The decision to match Jordan's offer sheet will likely lead to a trade of Chris Kaman, according to a separate source.

"That's a lot of money for a guy who hasn't really proved anything yet, but it's cheaper than what losing Blake Griffin would do to their fan base," one league executive said.

Via Ric Bucher/ESPN.com

Clippers Emerge As 'Early Frontrunners' In New Paul Talks

The Clippers have emerged as the "early frontrunner" to acquire Chris Paul now that talks with the Lakers have fallen apart.

The Hornets were previously seeking a package built around Eric Gordon from the Clippers. But the Clippers have been reluctant to part with too many assets for Paul due to concerns about a long-term commitment.

As important as Gordon would be to the Hornets, the Clippers also own the unprotected 2012 first round pick of the Wolves.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN (via Twitter)

Warriors To Sign DeAndre Jordan To $40M Offer Sheet

The Warriors will sign DeAndre Jordan to a four-year, $40 million offer sheet, according to multiple sources.

Because Jordan is a restricted free agent, the Clippers will have three days to match the offer.

Jordan reportedly has already received an offer from the Clippers for $40 million, but it is for five years. Jordan's annual average is $2 million higher under Golden State's offer.

The Warriors will not need to amnesty Andris Biedrins to acquire Jordan.

Via Matt Steinmetz/CSN Bay Area

Celtics, Bulls, Clippers Also Expected To Pursue Dwight Howard

The Celtics, Bulls and Clippers are expected to aggressively pursue Dwight Howard, who has requested a trade from the Magic.

Orlando has given Howard's agent Dan Fegan permission to speak to the Nets, Mavericks and Lakers about Howard.

Howard is eligible to become a free agent in 2012 and while the Magic haven't given up on retaining him, they do not want to lose him without compensation in return.

According to Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel, the Magic are in trade talks with teams beyond his primary choices as one would expect.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Warriors Preparing Offer For DeAndre Jordan

The Warriors are preparing an offer sheet for Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, team sources confirmed. League rules require the Warriors have cap space available to cover the first year of the offer before the offer is made.

The Warriors, who have not hidden their desire to acquire a big man, have set their sights on Jordan, 23, after their No. 1 choice, Tyson Chandler, agreed to sign with the New York Knicks.

Jordan is a restricted free agent, so the Clippers will have the right to match the Warriors' offer.

Via Marcus Thompson II/San Jose Mercury News

Bledsoe Underwent Knee Surgery, Out Until January

Eric Bledsoe underwent surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee on October 7th. He is expected to be sidelined approximately 6-8 weeks.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Benton Emblom at the Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham, Alabama.

Via Press Release

Caron Butler To Sign With Clippers For $24M Over Three Seasons

Caron Butler has agreed to terms with the Clippers on a three-year deal worth $24 million.

The Clippers had been looking to upgrade their small forward position.

Tayshaun Prince was initially the primary target of the Clippers, but he agreed to stay with the Pistons earlier in the day.

Via David Aldridge/NBA.com (via Twitter)

Warriors, Rockets, Hornets, Nuggets Involved In Talks With DeAndre Jordan

The Warriors, Rockets, Hornets and Nuggets are involved in the bidding to sign DeAndre Jordan to an offer sheet on Friday, according to sources.

The Clippers have been expected to match any offer Jordan receives from a rival team.

Jordan is a restricted free agent.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Sources: Paul Won't Commit To Extension With Warriors Or Clippers

Chris Paul has only reportedly told the Knicks that he willing to sign an extension after the season.

Lakers Believed To Be Paul's New Favorite Landing Spot

While the Knicks remain Chris Paul's preferred destination, he may be warming to the Lakers.

Clippers Tell Gordon He's Not In Paul Trade Talk

Eric Gordon is eligible for a contract extension from the Clippers.

Butler Narrows List Of Suitors To Spurs, Bulls, Nets, Clippers

Prized free agent Caron Butler has narrowed his list of teams to four.

Hornets Most Interested In Curry, Gordon In Exchange Of Paul

Stephen Curry and Eric Gordon are the pieces New Orleans would be most interested in a deal for Chris Paul.

Clippers Withholding Gordon, Jordan From Paul Trade Offer

The Clippers are willing to absorb other players such as Trevor Ariza.

Hornets Expected To Make Decision On Paul Trade By Friday

Chris Paul would reportedly prefer the Clippers over the Warriors because of the chance of being paired with Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon.

Warriors Offering Curry, Thompson, Udoh For Paul

The Warriors are also prepared to amnesty Andris Biedrins and sign Tyson Chandler in an effort to land Chris Paul.

Griffin Aiming To Instill Winning Attitude With Clippers

Blake Griffin wants to change the culture surrounding the Clippers.

Caron Butler, Clippers Set For Second Meeting

Caron Butler will meet with the Clippers for the second time in as many days.

Clippers Offer DeAndre Jordan Five-Year, $40M Deal

The Clippers have offered DeAndre Jordan a $40 million contract, but he still is likely to sign a higher offer sheet with a rival club.

Spurs, Pistons Monitor Kaman Situation

The Clippers could elect to move Chris Kaman if they re-sign DeAndre Jordan.

Clippers, Warriors Appear To Be Hornets' Preferred Trade Partners For Paul

Chris Paul met with GM Dell Demps on Monday and the tone was amicable, though the likelihood for a trade appears to be increasing.

Butler Has Meetings Set With Clippers, Spurs, Nets, Pistons

Caron Butler has four meeting set as he explores his options in free agency.

Paul Open To Trade To Magic, Clippers

Chris Paul is open to playing for the Magic and Clippers.

Mo Williams Makes Playoff Guarantee For Clippers; Griffin Embraces Prediction

Mo Williams guaranteed the Clippers will return to the postseason for the first time since 2006.

NBA Announces Five-Game Christmas Day Schedule

The Knicks, Celtics, Mavericks, Heat, Bulls, Lakers, Thunder, Magic, Warriors and Clippers will play on Christmas Day.

Caron Butler Prefers Bulls Or Clippers

Free agent swingman Caron Butler is reportedly hoping for an offer from the Bulls.

Clippers Offer Gordon Four-Year Extension, Will Match Offers For DeAndre Jordan

With $13 million in cap space, Clippers general manager Neil Olshey believes his team is at a crossroads.

Clippers, Nets Interested In Prince

The Clippers have reached out to Tayshaun Prince.
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