Player News - Clippers

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Newly-appointed Clippers owner Steve Ballmer has yet to talk about a contract extension with head coach and president of basketball operations Doc Rivers.

Rivers was considering resigning if the Sterlings kept control of the franchise, but Ballmer's purchase of the team should go a long way towards keeping Doc around for at least the next two years of his contract. "Everything I know about Doc, I'm just 100% behind," Ballmer said of Rivers. "I think he's phenomenal. I'm lucky he's got a contract that runs a little while longer, but we have plenty of time to talk and I look forward to doing that."
Aug 19 - 10:20 AM

Newly appointed Clippers owner Steve Ballmer reiterated on Monday that he intends to keep the Clippers in LA, and that no name change is on the horizon.

It wouldn't make a ton of sense to move the Clippers as a lot of the organizations value stems from the fact that they are placed in the highly visible market of Los Angeles. Ballmer will bring a welcome change to the Clippers' power structure.
Aug 18 - 3:19 PM

An appeals court has rejected Donald Sterling’s petition to halt the $2 billion sale of the Clippers to Steve Ballmer.

"The evidence before this court indicates the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers … has closed," the ruling from the state 2nd Court of Appeal said Wednesday. "Thus, there is nothing for this court to stay." In other words, it would appear that Donald Sterling's days of owning the team are over.
Aug 13 - 7:23 PM

The NBA has countersued former Clippers owner Donald Sterling in federal court, seeking to recoup expenses related to their legal costs.

The league has poured legal resources into the removal of Sterling and the litigation of his $1 billion federal suit against the NBA. The sale of the Clippers was finalized on Tuesday but it's unclear whether Sterling will drop his suit -- if the competing suits are quickly resolved, we won't have to mention his name at any point during the regular season.
Aug 12 - 4:36 PM

Doc Rivers is expected to discuss a contract extension with new Clippers owner Steve Ballmer.

The departure of Donald Sterling is a relief for the entire NBA but it must be a particular blessing for Rivers, who had threatened to resign if Sterling remained in place next season. Rivers has two years remaining on his contract, at $7 million per season, and both sides appear eager to solidify Rivers' position for many years to come.
Aug 12 - 3:44 PM

The NBA has announced that the Clippers sale to Steve Ballmer is official.

And thus ends the Donald Sterling era in Los Angeles. After months of court cases and posturing, Sterling will hopefully fade off into the sunset as the Clippers officially belong to Steve Ballmer now. Most importantly of all, Doc Rivers and his team can focus on preparing for the 2014-15 regular season now that the soap opera is over.
Aug 12 - 1:06 PM

Blake Griffin pulled out of Team USA's basketball camp due to a back injury, but said on Tuesday that it's not a big deal and that he's ready for the NBA season.

"It's less than a hairline and my back is not fractured. Everything is still intact," Griffin said. "I can still come out here and I can do my workouts and I can do everything I used to do. I just shouldn't be playing and practicing everyday this early." Griffin's skipping Team USA seems more of a precautionary move than anything else. "If I start playing basically two months earlier than everybody else and then go through all of next season and the playoffs, then I'm probably going to put myself in a bad position. I couldn't do that." If you had doubts about drafting him, forget about them.
Aug 5 - 10:27 PM

Malik Wayns has signed a deal with BC Žalgiris of Lithuania and the Euroleague.

While Wayns will get to play with one of the oldest teams in Euroleague, this move won't change the NBA fantasy landscape at all. The 23-year-old has only played 29 games over three NBA seasons and suited up for just two games with the Clippers during the 2013-14 season.
Aug 5 - 1:15 PM

Sam Cassell has been allowed out of his contract with the Wizards to join Doc Rivers' coaching staff in Los Angeles.

Cassell has done a terrific job with the Wizards summer league team the past couple seasons and his enthusiasm really stands out. The Clippers were losing assistants left and right about a month ago with guys like Alvin Gentry and Ty Lue heading elsewhere, but they're slowly getting some credible guys to join Doc on the bench.
Aug 2 - 6:26 PM

Blake Griffin withdrew from Team USA camp to rest a small fracture in his back, which is not believed to be serious.

We're not going to tell you not to get worried about a fracture in anybody's back, but owners should exercise a bit of discretion before assigning any long-term concern to this. The injury reportedly isn't serious and it occurred during the playoffs, which may explain some of the (relative) lack of explosion he showed against the Thunder. ESPN's Ramona Shelburne adds that Griffin should make a "full recovery."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 28 - 10:55 PM

Donald Sterling lost his court case on Monday, as the judge ruled in favor of Shelly Sterling, rejecting all of Donald's arguments.

Steve Ballmer is now set to be the Clippers next owner, and the sale is expected to be finalized by August 15. The judge's ruling on Monday is only a tentative oral decision, and not legally binding, but it would be shocking to see a sudden reversal of the decision. The ruling is essentially appeal-proof, and hopefully this is the last we will hear of Donald Sterling. This is a huge victory for the NBA and it looks like the league is in good hands with commissioner Adam Silver at the helm.
Source: TMZ.com
Jul 28 - 6:08 PM

Chris Paul said it's "unacceptable" if Donald Sterling is still the owner of the team when the season begins and he could sit out in an effort to boycott the Clippers.

"That's something me and Doc are both talking about," Paul said. "Something has to happen, and something needs to happen soon -- sooner rather than later." Donald Sterling keeps dragging this drama out with multiple lawsuits, but the NBA seems like they'll take over the Clippers on Sept. 15.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 25 - 9:17 AM

Blake Griffin will not play for Team USA this summer at the FIBA World Cup in Spain.

"I want to focus and dedicate 100 percent of my energy on improving and preparing frmo the upcoming season with the Clippers," Griffin said. The Clippers were a bit of a letdown despite seeing Griffin having his best season, DeAndre Jordan breaking out, and Chris Paul becoming a more well-rounded scorer. Griffin's improved free throw shooting makes him a much more fantasy-friendly player to own, making him worth a look in the second round of upcoming drafts.
Jul 24 - 7:51 PM

Donald Sterling filed a lawsuit in Superior court on Tuesday vs. his wife and the NBA.

The suit alleges corporate fraud and that Donald is the sole shareholder of the Clippers. This is another lawsuit filed against the NBA on top of the federal case against them. This story isn't going away any time soon.
Jul 22 - 8:40 PM

Clippers interim CEO Richard Parsons testified in court on Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers said he'll quit if Donald Sterling is not removed as the team's owner.

Parsons was testifying in probate court, as part of a case dealing with Shelly Sterling's sale of the team to potential owner Steve Ballmer -- a sale Donald Sterling is trying to stop. Sterling practiced law throughout his adult life and he's vowed to exhaust all legal means to retain the Clippers franchise, but the NBA's front office is adamant that he will eventually be removed. Sterling did meet with Steve Ballmer on Monday in a meeting described as "cordial," so there's still a glimmer of hope that he'll voluntarily relinquish control.
Source: AP
Jul 22 - 6:27 PM


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