Player News - Clippers

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According to ESPN's Chris Haynes, the Rockets have a "serious chance of luring Chris Paul away" from the Clippers.

With Stephen Curry fully expected to re-sign in Golden State, Paul will be the top free agent PG on the market and will have several suitors this summer. Paul and James Harden are both ball-dominant players, so the Rockets probably aren't the best fit on paper. At least now we know why the Rockets are shopping both Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams. In addition to the Rockets, the Spurs and Nuggets are the most common teams linked to Paul, but the Clippers are still the favorites to re-sign CP3 since they can offer him a "supermax" deal for over $200 million.
Jun 25 - 9:21 AM

Chris Paul has informed the Clippers he is declining his option to become an unrestricted free agent, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

This has been expected for a long time as CP3 looks to get another long-term deal. Of course, there are the rumors of Paul looking to join the Spurs while there has also been some talk of him looking at the Rockets or Nuggets. Paul is past his prime at age 32, but his style of play should translate much longer than other point guards who rely so much on athleticism.
Jun 23 - 6:23 PM

Blake Griffin has opted out of the last year of his contract and will become an unrestricted free agent, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

It's a fairly expected move for the former All-Star. Griffin can earn up to a five-year, $175 million deal with the Clippers, or he could get up to a four-year, $130 million offer with another team. There is some uncertainty with the Clippers now that all of their stars have rumors of being on other teams. Considering the Celtics didn't do anything yet, they're someone to watch.
Jun 23 - 5:57 PM

The Clippers acquired the 48th pick from the Bucks to draft Sindarius Thornwell.

He was extremely effective for South Carolina last year, averaging 21.4 points, 7.1 boards, 2.8 assists, 2.1 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.9 treys. He also lived at the line last year with 8.4 attempts per game, so he sure figured out how to get to the cup. The Clippers haven't really used their young guys in a while, though.
Jun 22 - 11:55 PM

The Clippers used the No. 39 pick, via Philadelphia, to select Oklahoma St. PG Jawun Evans on Thursday.

L.A. traded for the rights to Evans, a 6'1" guard who averaged 19.0 points, 6.5 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.7 steals last season. He's just 6’1" and he posted a poor 33.5-inch max vertical at the combine, but he thrives in pick-and-roll sets and plays a controlled game. It’s possible he’s the latest undersized guy to get minutes, especially since the Clippers aren't overflowing with backcourt depth.
Jun 22 - 11:29 PM

According to ESPN's Chris Haynes, the Clippers have "gauged the market" on potentially trading DeAndre Jordan.

The All-Star center has two years and $46 million remaining on his current contract, though the final year is a player option. Haynes said that the Clippers have talked with a few teams about a potential trade, and one proposed trade was for Phoenix's Tyson Chandler and the No. 4 pick. The Suns reportedly "balked" at the proposal, so nothing is imminent. The Clippers are hoping to re-sign both Blake Griffin and Chris Paul to max deals this summer, but if the rumors are true about a potential pursuit of LeBron James in 2018, the Clippers will have to find a new home for Jordan.
Jun 20 - 9:57 PM

Jerry West was officially introduced as a consultant for the Clippers on Monday.

West is the basketball genius responsible for pairing Kobe Bryant with Shaquille O'Neal during his days as the Lakers' GM, and as a consultant for the Warriors, his pitch to Kevin Durant was crucial in helping lure him away from OKC. Now West will try to work his magic with the Clippers in what he is calling "the last adventure" of his life.
Jun 19 - 5:32 PM

Chris Paul has plans to talk with the Rockets and Nuggets, according to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

Most of the buzz around CP3 has been with the Spurs, but it's possible CP3 could wind up somewhere else, too. There's no doubt Paul dislikes how his teams are always out of the playoffs early in the postseason, so he could consider taking a pay cut. He does have his deal with Jordan and State Farm, so that may help.
Jun 16 - 3:47 PM

Both the Oklahoma City Thunder and Boston Celtics will make a bid for Blake Griffin, according to the Los Angeles Times.

It's a logical move for both teams. Griffin played his college ball in Oklahoma, and it has long been rumored that OKC would love to pair him with Russell Westbrook. The Celtics finished last season with the best record in the Eastern Conference and have cap space to offer a max contract to an attractive free agent. However, the most likely scenario is Griffin re-signing with the Clippers. L.A. can offer $175 million over five years, while any other team can offer only $130 million over four seasons.
Jun 16 - 10:26 AM

The Clippers are reportedly "closing in on" an agreement to build a new home arena in Inglewood, in the southwest of L.A. County.

The Clippers have a long-term lease with the Staples Center, and Vincent Bonsignore of the O.C. Register writes that "if all goes according to plan, [the Clippers] could be looking at an opening in time for 2022/23 season." Nothing is imminent, obviously, but it's an interesting twist for the Clippers franchise, which has long shared the Staples Center with the Lakers. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer would reportedly pay for all construction costs.
Jun 14 - 8:04 PM

The Celtics will reportedly pursue Blake Griffin and Gordon Hayward during free agency.

"Boston is really the danger for Blake Griffin," said Wojnarowski. "I think Boston's two primary free agent targets, right now, are Gordon Hayward and Blake Griffin. Now they're not going to get both of them, but they're both players that would potentially have interest there. I think Boston looks at in different ways with their future." The Celtics will have the cap space to be able to bring in another max-contract guy during free agency this offseason, so it'll be interesting to see if they're able to pry either Hayward or Griffin away from their respective teams.
Jun 14 - 1:11 PM

Jawun Evans is scheduled for a workout with the Pacers on Wednesday.

Evans is a maestro with the pick-and-roll, although he struggled to convert at the rim during his two-year college career. The Pacers might be looking for a point guard in the draft if they can't retain Jeff Teague during free agency, although Evans figures to be more of a backup than a starter at the next level.
Jun 13 - 5:29 PM

Jawun Evans reportedly has workouts scheduled with Portland, Oklahoma City and Utah.

Evans put in averages of 19.0 points, 6.5 dimes, 1.1 triples, 1.7 steals and 2.8 turnovers during his sophomore season at Oklahoma State, and while he is a bit undersized and lacks explosive athleticism, he's able to make up for that with his strength, solid footwork and a high basketball IQ. He's particularly adept at running the pick-and-roll, and he's currently projected to come off the board in the 30-range.
Jun 7 - 12:53 PM

Chris Paul intends to give the Spurs "serious consideration" in free agency this summer, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

This rumor has been bandied about quite a bit since the Clippers season ended, but this is the most credible report yet. While CP3 joining the Spurs makes a lot of sense from a basketball perspective, several roadblocks make this marriage unlikely. First, Paul would have to sacrifice more than $50 million in guaranteed salary. Secondly, the Spurs would have to gut their roster in order to clear the cap space necessary to make Paul a competitive offer.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 2 - 12:25 PM

The Clippers will reportedly try and bring in Jerry West to serve in an advisory role to the franchise this offseason.

West has been with the Warriors organization since 2011, and he's been absolutely paramount in turning the franchise around from a laughing stock to perennial title contender. The Clippers won't be the only team looking to try and woo West away from the Warriors when his contract expires in July, but Dubs' owners Joe Lacob has made it clear that keeping West on the staff will be a priority for the team this offseason.
Source: ESPN
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