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Cavaliers Believe They Could Have Turned Irving, Love Into Chris Paul, Paul George

Jul 21, 2017 6:55 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers believe they could have turned Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love into Chris Paul and Paul George in June.

Cleveland kept both Irving and Love in June as they were unaware Irving would soon be requesting a trade before the end of July.

Paul orchestrated an opt-in and trade from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Houston Rockets before the start of free agency.

George was traded on June 30th by the Indiana Pacers to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul, Kevin Love, Paul George, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Offered J.J. Redick More Money Than 76ers

Jul 21, 2017 10:44 AM

Before the start of free agency, J.J. Redick was recruited by Chris Paul to join him with the Houston Rockets.

“Five days before free agency, I didn’t think Houston was even a possibility,” Redick said on his new podcast on Uninterrupted. “Then, the night before free agency started, I’m getting a call from CP [Chris Paul] telling me how much I need to go there.”

Redick claims the Rockets offered him more money in total than the one-year, $23 million deal he signed with the Philadelphia 76ers.

“Houston offered me more total money than Philly,” he said. “I knew in Houston I was going to come off the bench. Me and Eric Gordon do a lot of the same things. We were going to play some minutes together. He would get to finish some games; maybe I would get to. But it wasn’t necessarily going to be what I wanted in this point in my career for the court part of it. Now certainly, it was a contender and all that stuff, so that’s probably the main reason I wanted to do it.”

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Tags: J.J. Redick, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Clippers Expecting More Ball Movement Without Chris Paul

Jul 19, 2017 11:46 AM

With the Los Angeles Clippers moving out of the Chris Paul era, Doc Rivers expects their offense to feature more ball movement.

“Well, we’ll have ball movement,” Rivers said. “That’s one of the things, for the most part, that I’ve always preached. With Chris’ skill, you wanted to take advantage of what he could do, and he was a guy that needed the ball to make plays and he did it so well. You kind of changed to do that. If you look at my work historically, it’s been more of a ball-movement, cut basketball team, and that’s what we’re going to get back to doing.”

The Clippers ran their offense primarily through Paul and they were routinely near the top of offensive efficiency.

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Luc Mbah A Moute Agrees To One-Year Deal With Rockets

Jul 16, 2017 6:06 PM

The Houston Rockets have agreed upon a one-year deal with Luc Mbah a Moute for the veteran's minimum.

Mbah a Moute declined a $2.3 million player option with the Los Angeles Clippers.

For Mbah a Moute's career, he averages 6.3 points and 4.2 rebounds.

Mbah a Moute is one of the NBA's better small forward defenders.

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Tags: Luc Mbah a Moute, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Clippers Waive Kyle Wiltjer

Jul 15, 2017 7:51 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have waived Kyle Wiltjer.

Wiltjer was acquired by the Clippers from the Houston Rockets in the Chris Paul trade.

Wiltjer's $1.3 million deal would have become guaranteed if not waived by August 1st.

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Chris Paul Suggests Clippers Also Were Ready For Change

Jul 11, 2017 4:53 PM

Chris Paul explained his decision to leave the Los Angeles Clippers for the Houston Rockets.

"I feel like the last six years we’ve had a great run," said Paul. "I felt like it was not only a good time for change for me, but for the team, too. Everyone says, ‘We get killed. We can’t get there. We just can’t get over the hurdle.’ I felt like it was time for change."

Paul suggested the Clippers also were interested in making a change.

"I don’t think we need to get into all that stuff," said Paul when asked about how he told the Clippers he wanted to go to the Rockets. "We met. We talked. We both agreed it was time for a change."

Paul was also asked about the possibility of Carmelo Anthony joining him with the Rockets.

'Man, sit back and wait."

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Tags: Chris Paul, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Austin Rivers, Chris Paul Cleared Air Following Nepotism Report

Jul 11, 2017 1:10 PM

Chris Paul reached out to Austin Rivers to refute a report that suggested part of the reason why he wanted to leave the Los Angeles Clippers was due to the favoritism Rivers was perceived as receiving from his father Doc Rivers.

After Paul texted, Austin Rivers called him to discuss it further.

“I called Chris and was like, ‘Chris, what’s going on?’’” Austin Rivers said. “Chris is like, ‘This is the biggest bull(expletive) I’ve ever seen in my life.’ Chris was just like, ‘This is a joke.’ So I asked him, I’m like, ‘You don’t need to come out and say nothing publicly, I don’t need you to do that. It’s just going to make it even more, now they’re going to drag it out two more days. I’ll take it. I don’t care. I’ve been dealing with this (dynamic) since I was six (years old). I really don’t even care.’”

Paul and Rivers spoke for approximately 40 minutes. 

“What do I have to do with someone else’s move?” Austin Rivers asked. “Chris wanted to move because he’d been (with the Clippers) for a while. He’s had great years there, but he wanted something new. A lot of players want that. It’s really that simple.”

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Tags: Austin Rivers, Chris Paul, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Thunder Agree To One-Year Deal With Raymond Felton

Jul 7, 2017 5:56 PM

Raymond Felton has agreed upon a one-year deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Felton spent last season with the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Thunder had a severe deficiency at backup point guard last season.

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Milos Teodosic Agrees To Two-Year, $12.3M Deal With Clippers

Jul 6, 2017 2:40 PM

Milo Teodosic has agreed to a two-year, $12.3 million deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Teodosic has been considered one of the best point guards not in the NBA.

Teodosic will receive an option in the second year of the deal. Teodosic would be a restricted free agent if he opts out.

Teodosic averaged 14.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 6.4 assists in 25.1 minutes per game last season for CSKA.

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Clippers Interested In Tony Allen

Jul 5, 2017 5:00 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have interest in acquiring Tony Allen in a sign-and-trade with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Allen played for Doc Rivers with the Boston Celtics before he signed with the Grizzlies.

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JaVale McGee To Meet With Clippers
JaVale McGee also remains engaged with the Warriors on re-signing with them.

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Clippers Agree To Danilo Gallinari Sign-And-Trade On Three-Year, $65M Deal
The Clippers have agreed to trade Jamal Crawford, Diamond Stone and Houston's 2018 first round pick to Atlanta in sign-and-trade for Danilo Gallinari.

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Derrick Rose To Meet With Clippers
Derrick Rose will meet with the Clippers on Wednesday.

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Jamal Crawford Prefers To Sign With Lakers
The Lakers have interest in signing Jamal Crawford on a one-year deal at a significant salary.

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Warriors Likely To Sign Either Jamal Crawford Or Nick Young

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Gary Sacks Leaves Clippers' Front Office
Gary Sacks' contract with the Clippers expired on June 30th.

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Danilo Gallinari Likely To Join Clippers In Sign-And-Trade With Nuggets, Hawks
The Hawks will receive Jamal Crawford and likely Houston's 2018 first round pick from the Clippers.

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Jonathon Simmons Receiving Interest From Kings, Clippers, Wolves
Jonathon Simmons is limited due to the Gilbert Arenas provision on what he can sign for in restricted free agency.

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Clippers Focused On Danilo Gallinari, Joe Ingles In Free Agency
The Clippers are seeking more shooting and playmaking around Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.

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J.J. Redick Rules Out Re-Signing With Clippers
J.J. Redick is receiving interest from the 76ers, Wolves and Nets in free agency.

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Blake Griffin To Agree Upon Five-Year, $173M Contract With Clippers
Blake Griffin plans on signing a five-year, $173 million contract with the Clippers.

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Blake Griffin Cancels Meetings With Suns, Nuggets As Clippers Improve Position
Unless there is a wildcard team that enters the picture, there is a sense that Blake Griffin will re-sign with the Clippers.

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Danilo Gallinari, Rudy Gay, Joe Ingles Headline Clippers' Free Agent Wish List
The Clippers have interest in Jonathon Simmons, Rudy Gay, Danilo Gallinari, P.J. Tucker, James Johnson, Joe Ingles and Andre Iguodala in free agency.

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Blake Griffin To Meet With Suns On Saturday
The Suns can offer Blake Griffin a four-year, $130 million contract.

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Luc Mbah A Moute Declines $2.3M Player Option With Clippers
Luc Mbah a Moute signed a two-year, $4.5 million deal with the Clippers last offseason.

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Exec: Nobody Is Going To Rat Anybody Out On Tampering
The Clippers have not complained to the league about a possible tampering violation on Chris Paul, according to an NBA official.

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Chris Paul Had Serious Interest In Spurs But Had Concerns On Aldridge, Parker Situations
Chris Paul was open to remaining with the Clippers but had concerns over how they would get better.

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Reuniting With Trevor Ariza Factored Into Chris Paul's Decision On Rockets
The Clippers attempted to trade for Trevor Ariza in the past.

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Rockets Acquire Chris Paul From Clippers In Eight-Player Trade
The Rockets traded for Chris Paul two days before he could have become a free agent.

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Chris Paul Lost Faith In Doc Rivers Due To How He Favored Austin Rivers Over Team
When Doc Rivers decided not to trade for Carmelo Anthony in a trade that would have included Austin Rivers, Chris Paul's position on the matter solidified.

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