Player News - Clippers

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The Clippers do not have a draft pick this season, but they are reportedly looking to acquire one.

The Clippers traded away their first-round pick to Boston in exchange for Doc Rivers two years ago, and the Nuggets currently own their second-round pick. The Clippers desperately need some help on the wing and their bench play was underwhelming during the playoffs, so they will likely do everything they can to reload this summer. They won't have a lot of cap room if DeAndre Jordan signs a max contract, so Rivers is going to have to be creative. The most obvious need for the Clippers is small forward right now, as Matt Barnes is currently penciled in as the starter.
May 24 - 10:13 AM

Chris Paul has been named to the All-NBA Second Team.

Joining him are Russell Westbrook, LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol and DeMarcus Cousins. All these guys had phenomenal seasons and are well worth the Second Team distinction. Westbrook led the league in triple-doubles (11) despite only suiting up for 67 games, and he finished fourth in the MVP voting. Gasol was the league-leader in double-doubles with 54, and DeMarcus Cousins was right behind him (third in the league) with 47 double-doubles. Aldridge had another quality season averaging 23.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.0 block per game, and it'll be interesting to see if he decides to leave Portland as a free agent this offseason.

Clippers vice president and head coach Doc Rivers said the team will offer DeAndre Jordan a max contract.

While Jordan has said he'll test open market and reportedly has some issues with Chris Paul, it may be tough for him to pass up the extra dollars that the Clippers can offer. Jordan can make around $109 million over five years with the Clips, while other teams will only be able to offer him $81 million over four years. It's no sure thing that Jordan stays with the Clippers, but this makes it all the more likely he won't be wearing a new uniform next season.
May 21 - 11:11 AM

Clippers' reserve guard Dahntay Jones said that there is no beef between Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan.

"Guys fight and argue on the court, but that's just the emotion of the game," Jones said. "People want to blow things out of proportion. Those guys are brothers, man. They sit with each other on the plane, on the bus. If you don't like a guy you stay away from him." The extra year and money the Clippers can offer DeAndre tilt the odds in their favor to retain his services, and this is a story we'll be following very closely this offseason.
Source: TMZ
May 19 - 3:40 PM

Clippers vice president and head coach Doc Rivers said this summer is big for Spencer Hawes.

Though Hawes didn't play a big part in the Clippers postseason run, Doc thinks he'll be an important player for the team next season. "This is a big summer for him," Rivers said. "We're going to need him." The 27-year-old still has three years remaining on the deal he signed last summer and will need to improve on his 2014-15 averages of 5.8 points and 3.5 rebounds to be fantasy relevant next season.
May 19 - 10:29 AM

Team vice president and head coach Doc Rivers said the Los Angeles Clippers are committed to re-signing DeAndre Jordan.

Jordan will have no shortage of suitors as an unrestricted free agent this summer, but Rivers said the team will do what they can to keep the big man. "We don’t need to go and get a max player, except for the one we have," Rivers said. "DJ loves it here. We know that, but you can’t take that for granted. There’s going to be a lot of teams [that want him], and if they’re not, there are a lot of dumb teams out there. There’s going to be a lot of teams coming after him that have money." The likely scenario here is that Jordan accepts a max contract with the Clippers, but we'll keep an eye out for any curveballs.
May 19 - 9:27 AM

Coach Doc Rivers said calling Austin Rivers' mom would be his easiest free agent pitch.

"I think he loved it here," Doc said. "I even think he liked the coach at times." Obviously, Doc transformed Austin into a capable backup player and his 25-point game on May 8 was one of the best moments of the playoffs. He'll likely be brought back at the minimum next season.
May 18 - 8:11 PM

There is "a growing schism between [DeAndre] Jordan and point guard Chris Paul" and it may contribute to Jordan's decision to stay or go as a free agent, according to FOX Sports' Bill Reiter.

The report adds, "Paul's well-known edginess and drive ground on Jordan's nerves for much of the year." It also says the Mavs are in the mix to land Jordan. Without CP3, Jordan was not able to do much as an offensive weapon outside of putbacks, so not wanting to be with him wouldn't be a basketball decision. The Clippers are going to offer him a max deal and are still the heavy favorites to land DJ.
Source: FOX Sports
May 18 - 3:27 PM

DeAndre Jordan is seeking a five-year max deal in free agency this offseason, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Per Wojnarowski, "it'll take a five-year, $100 million max contract to re-sign him," and Woj notes that the Mavericks will be "chief among several significant suitors" for the young center in a market that also includes the Lakers. There are only a handful of teams that can realistically commit that kind of money to Jordan, and his market may not be as robust as it's being painted to be currently. USA Today's Sam Amick reports that "there have long been rumblings that Jordan is eager to step into a new situation, one where he's not always perceived as the third fiddle." We'll see about that. That's a good role for Jordan. The Clippers are prepared to do whatever it takes to re-sign him, and per ESPN Los Angeles, that includes offering a maximum contract. Doc Rivers called retaining DJ his top offseason priority.
May 18 - 9:27 AM

Doc Rivers coached his record-setting 12th NBA playoffs Game 7 on Sunday, but the Clippers' loss also made him the only coach in history to twice blow a 3-1 series lead.

The Clippers have some soul-searching to do this summer and it begins in the front office. Doc's coaching prowess is unquestioned and his handling of the Donald Sterling debacle was a case-study in grace under fire, but his GM skills (as the team's president) leave much to be desired. For instance, Spencer Hawes, who signed for $23 million over four years last summer, averaged 3.3 points and 1.6 rebounds in the playoffs. The Clippers' bench is woefully thin and they failed to upgrade their wing rotation, all of which is at least partly attributable to Rivers. It will be an interesting summer in L.A., to say the least.
May 17 - 7:47 PM

Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 27 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and one block in 44 minutes on Sunday, but it wasn't enough to avoid a season-ending loss in Houston.

Blake was a beast throughout L.A.'s run, ranking sixth in the playoffs in scoring (25.5 points per game), third in rebounds (12.7) and ninth in assists (6.1). Unfortunately, his pretty stats in Game 7 were overshadowed by lackadaisical defense and a string of sloppy turnovers, giving him plenty to mull as he heads into the offseason. He cracked the top-25 in 8-cat leagues during the regular season and there's no reason to expect slippage next year.
May 17 - 7:46 PM

Chris Paul double-doubled with 26 points and 10 assists during the Clippers' crushing Game 7 defeat, adding five rebounds, four assists and four turnovers in 45 minutes.

It was the most minutes CP3 had played in a game all season, but the Clippers were doomed by 18 turnovers, 32 personal fouls and sketchy fastbreak defense. Paul may have deferred too often offensively but he still dominated Jason Terry and the Rockets in Games 5-7, averaging 26.3 points and 10.3 assists, and he's currently the postseason assist leader at 8.8 per game. The eight-time All-Star will go back to the drawing board next season, as he tries to make his first ever Conference Finals appearances. "I got to get better I’ll tell you that much. It starts with me," Paul said after the loss. "Getting close ain't good enough."
May 17 - 7:45 PM

J.J. Redick struggled throughout Sunday's season-ending defeat, shooting 4-of-12 from the field to score 10 points with two 3-pointers, six boards, three assists and four blocks.

He missed some open looks from the perimeter but his greater fault was turning the ball over six times, which overshadowed his career-high four blocked shots. Redick has greatly improved defensively since joining the NBA and his sharp-shooting (plus a lack of competition) all but guarantees that he'll keep the Clippers' starting SG job next season.
May 17 - 7:43 PM

Matt Barnes was a no-show in Game 7, going scoreless with two rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one turnover in 22 minutes.

Barnes committed four personal fouls in limited action and L.A.'s swingmen couldn't guard James Harden without fouling or even make a bucket -- Barnes, Jamal Crawford, J.J. Redick and Austin Rivers combined for 29 points on 11-of-36 shooting (30.6 percent). Sunday's dud shouldn't color fantasy owners' view of Barnes next season, as he was a sneaky late-round value thanks to 1.8 three-pointers with steady scoring, rebounds, steals, blocks and percentages.
May 17 - 7:38 PM

The Clippers' offseason priority is re-signing unrestricted free agent DeAndre Jordan, according to Doc Rivers.

DeAndre had 16 points, 17 rebounds, four steals, three blocks and one turnover in 39 minutes during Sunday's road loss, the latest reminder of his immense importance to the Clippers' future. Jordan, Austin Rivers and Glen Davis are the only regular rotation players without contracts for 2015-16, so Rivers and the front office should make a full-court press to retain their star center, even if it results in a huge luxury-tax bill.
May 17 - 7:32 PM


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