Player News - Clippers

Date: Team: Pos:

Blake Griffin is reportedly planning on re-signing with the Clippers when he hits free agency during the 2017 offseason.

Griffin is reportedly uninterested in leaving Los Angeles, and Doc Rivers is reportedly so confident that Griffin will stay that he's not even willing to engage in any trade talks involving the Clippers' franchise forward. There's still a long ways to go until Griffin is a free agent, but the odds favor the Clippers retaining him, as they'll be able to grant Griffin the biggest payday.
Aug 23 - 6:06 PM

Doc Rivers believes DeAndre Jordan is primed to have a breakout season.

Rivers used Jordan's age and maturity level as evidence for what will allow him to blossom to his fullest as the rationale for his stance. After averaging 12.7 points, 13.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks on 70.3 percent shooting last season, Rivers is clearly looking for his big man to take an even bigger step forward in 2016-17. Those numbers may be difficult to replicate if Blake Griffin (quad) can remain healthy, but it's obvious that the Clippers have made it a point to emphasize DJ's role ever since he decided to spurn Dallas in order to re-sign with Los Angeles.
Aug 20 - 2:14 PM

Doc Rivers is confident that the Clippers will be able to retain both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin for the long haul.

Rivers specifically cited Steve Ballmer's presence as owner as a driving force behind his confidence, but he also noted that both CP3 and Blake have said that they want to remain in Los Angeles. Both superstars can hit free agency after the 2016-17 season, but as usual in the NBA, their futures will be impacted by LA's ability to win at the desired level.
Aug 20 - 2:08 PM

DeAndre Jordan earned another start vs. Spain on Friday, tying the U.S. Olympic record with 16 rebounds while chipping in nine points, four blocks, two assists and one steal in 27 minutes.

Jordan played just 13 minutes as a starter in the quarterfinals, but he was terrific at both ends vs. Spain today. Mike Krzyzewski values his rim protection to set the tone defensively, but Jordan was also unstoppable on the glass and he took advantage of a few easy looks around the rim, finishing 4-of-6 from the field. He'll be a handful for whomever the U.S. faces in Sunday's Olympic finals.
Aug 19 - 4:26 PM

Chris Paul said he's excited about the players that the Clippers added this summer.

"I’m excited about it," Paul said. "We definitely signed some veterans, some seasoned NBA guys who’ve been through a lot of different situations." The Clippers were able to re-sign Austin Rivers, Jamal Crawford and Wes Johnson while also bringing in Brandon Bass, Raymond Felton, Alan Anderson and Marreese Speights on reasonable deals. The Clippers should be a top team in the West and CP3 will be a safe first-round pick. He did have surgery on his hand back in April, but he's reportedly 100 percent.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 19 - 10:27 AM

Jeff Ayres took part in the Lakers free agent camp on Wednesday.

Ayres last played with the Clippers and could now earn himself a camp invite with the Lakers. While he could play his way into a contract for the 2016-17 season, Ayres would only be a bench player for Los Angeles and isn't on the fantasy radar.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 18 - 9:39 AM

DeAndre Jordan started Wednesday's game ahead of DeMarcus Cousins, but he finished with a modest two points and four rebounds in 13 minutes of action.

Team USA's offense began clicking once Coach K inserted some bench players including Cousins, who racked up 15 points on 6-of-10 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs, with a pair of rebounds and a pair of blocks. Jordan offers more rim protection for Team USA, and it wouldn't be shocking if he started again during Friday's semifinals game vs. Spain.
Aug 17 - 7:34 PM

DeAndre Jordan is starting over DeMarcus Cousins against Argentina on Wednesday.

It's not a bad idea after USA sort of struggled in their last two. Jordan has been huge on the glass and has been setting good screens, so it makes sense. We'll see how it works out for them.
Aug 17 - 5:48 PM

DeAndre Jordan said he feels winning at the Olympics is more important than winning NBA championships.

"I think they're above NBA rings," Jordan said regarding bringing home a gold medal for Team USA. "I may get in trouble for saying that, but I believe that. I feel like this is more special. You're not just playing teams in the U.S. You're playing teams from all over the world. And this is even more special because there's an NBA champion crowned every year, but this is every four years. You've got to really think about that, man, because it's extremely special."
Source: ESPN
Aug 17 - 1:23 PM

According to Dan Woike of Los Angeles Daily News, Paul Pierce is planning on returning for his 19th season in the NBA.

He's been wavering on his decision for a while now, but Woike adds that he wouldn't be shocked if Pierce changed his mind. If his decision holds, Pierce will be returning to the Clippers with a very limited role after averaging 18.1 minutes in 68 games last season.
Aug 16 - 8:25 PM

DeAndre Jordan said he's not feeling any extra pressure to win in 2016-17.

Both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin can become free agents next summer, but Jordan isn't letting that influence how he approaches the upcoming season. "They’re both extremely talented players," Jordan said. "I believe whatever decision they make is going to be a great decision. I’m not worried about it right now. I don’t expect it to be a distraction during the season." While Jordan's free throw shooting leaves something to be desired, Jordan is one of the more dominant big men in the game and will continue to be a valuable fantasy asset this upcoming season.
Aug 16 - 9:46 AM

Devyn Marble has signed with Aris Thessaloniki, according to David Pick.

Marble had been receiving interest from teams in Europe and China and will now join Aris Thessaloniki in Greece next season. The 23-year-old hasn't had much fantasy impact during his two years in the NBA and is now firmly off the fantasy radar.
Aug 11 - 9:31 AM

Stephen Jackson said Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo are trying to recruit him to the Bulls.

Jackson has been eyeing an NBA comeback and said he's been in contact with the two Bulls players. "Well, actually not a lot of people know that Jimmy has been calling me," Jackson said. "We’ve been talking for like three months now. Even [Rajon] Rondo has been calling me, they really want me on the Bulls team." While the 38-year-old could hook on as a bench player with the Bulls (or another NBA team), he still wouldn't have any fantasy value if that happens.
Aug 9 - 9:42 AM

In addition to the Thunder, the Celtics, Magic and Bulls are also expected to pursue Blake Griffin in free agency, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.

Griffin has an ETO (early termination option) after the 2016-17 season, and he's widely expected to hit free agency in order to land a bigger payday. Boston has been mentioned as a possible Griffin destination prior, but the Celtics are connected to just about any big name (remember Kevin Love at Fenway?) because of their treasure chest of assets and ongoing search for a superstar. The reality is that almost the entire league will be in on Griffin if he hits free agency without a commitment to the Clippers, and these types of rumors—no matter how outlandish— will only intensify moving forward.
Aug 6 - 6:43 PM

The Thunder are expected to pursue Blake Griffin next summer.

Griffin has a player option for the 2017-18 season, but he's fully expected to opt out due to the rising salary cap. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical said that Griffin "has his own tensions" with Chris Paul in Los Angeles, but it's still unclear if the interest is mutual between OKC and the All-Star power forward. The Thunder are eyeing another star to play alongside Russell Westbrook, Victor Oladipo and Steven Adams, and right now it appears that Griffin is on the top of their list.
Aug 5 - 9:34 AM


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