Player News - Clippers

Date: Team: Pos:

The Spurs are "exploring the feasibility" of making a free-agent run at Chris Paul, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

It's not going to be easy for the Spurs to keep Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge as two of their big three. If they do make a run at CP3, it likely means they'll have a really tough time bringing back Jonathon Simmons and some of their other veterans. The Clippers are still considered as the heavy favorite to bring CP3 back, but this will be a story to watch.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 10:28 PM

The Clippers are "widely regarded as strong favorites" to retain Blake Griffin (toe), according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

The Spurs are expected to pursue Chris Paul, which may also affect Griffin's decision to stay with the Clippers. The Clips will be able to offer Griffin more money when free agency starts on July 1. Griffin's durability has fallen off with only 35 games played in 2015-16 and 61 games in 2016-17 before a plantar plate injury ended his playoff run.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 10:24 PM

The Clippers take the threat of the Spurs pursuit of Chris Paul "very seriously," according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

It is important to note that the Spurs won't have the requisite cap space to make Paul a comparable offer unless they can clear some salaries off the books. Also, assuming the Clippers are willing to offer him a max contract, it's hard to imagine CP3 leaving $200 million in guaranteed money on the table. Nonetheless, Paul joining the Spurs would make San Antonio a legit threat to the Warriors out West, and give CP3 his best chance at experiencing postseason success.
May 26 - 12:21 PM

Luc Mbah a Moute is expected to opt out of his contract for the 2017-18 season.

He was slated to earn just $2.3 million next season, so it's an easy decison for LMAM as the 30-year-old veteran is looking to secure a long-term deal. Mbah a Moute is a good defender and locker room guy, but he's unlikely to make a fantasy impact anywhere he goes. In 22.3 minutes per game, he averaged 6.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals.
May 25 - 12:32 PM

Marreese Speights is looking for the mid-level exception of about $8.2 million per year according to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

Speights has already officially opted out his player option for next season, so he's an unrestricted free agent this summer. With the Clippers hoping to re-sign Blake Griffin and Chris Paul to max deals, Speights' contract demands are likely going to be too high for the Clippers to bring him back. He's a nice per-minute guy with averages of 8.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.5 blocks and 1.3 treys in 15.7 minutes per game, so hopefully he can find himself a nice role this summer.
May 25 - 12:26 PM

Zach Lowe of ESPN stated during a recent podcast that he believes the Spurs could be a legitimate option for Chris Paul as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

"There's been a lot of rumblings about Paul, and I think that's real," Lowe said of CP3 potentially joining the Spurs as a free agent. "I think there's mutual interest there. I don't know how real it is given the Clippers can offer a gigantic amount of money and are also a really good team; and the Spurs, like I said, have no sort of cap flexibility to get there. I'm very curious about what they do this summer and who's on the team next year." If Paul wants to chase a ring, his best shot of realizing that goal may be in San Antonio, but he'd have to take a pay cut to make it work.
Source: ESPN
May 24 - 10:19 AM

Marreese Speights has officially opted out of his contract with the Clippers.

This was expected. It was an easy decision for Speights, as he was set to make just $1.4 million next season. He averaged 8.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.5 blocks and 1.3 treys in 15.7 minutes per game in 2016-17. As an unrestricted free agent this summer, he will likely be able to land a deal for around $5 million annually.
May 23 - 12:06 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical said that the 76ers appear to be the favorites to sign J.J. Redick.

A return to the Clippers seems unlikely, as they won't have much financial flexibility if they re-sign Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to max deals. Redick is seeking $18-$20 million per season according to recent reports, and Philly has more than enough cap space to make that happen. Redick will be 33 in June, but he's coming off another strong season with averages of 15.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.6 triples on 44.5 percent shooting. Wojnarowski added that the Nets and Knicks are also interested in the veteran SG.
May 18 - 12:36 PM

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said that Blake Griffin (toe) is doing well.

"He’s doing well," Rivers said. "The surgery went better than we thought." Griffin had surgery on May 1, but the Clippers still haven't provided a timetable for his return. The Clippers are expected to offer Griffin and Chris Paul max deals this summer, and Griffin could be looking at a deal for five years and $130 million if he wants to remain in Los Angeles. The 28-year-old forward averaged 21.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.6 triples on 49.3 percent shooting in 2016-17, but his durability is a concern -- he's averaging just 54 games played over the past three seasons.
Source: WBT
May 4 - 12:05 PM

Doc Rivers said the Clippers will prioritize players with some length in free agency.

"We need more length and two-way players," Rivers said. "Again, that's easy to say. Little harder to do with the way our contracts are. We may continue to do what we've done or we may decide to change our contracts and have more flexibility." With Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Luc Mbah a Moute, J.J. Redick, Marreese Speights, Raymond Felton and Alan Anderson all hitting the open market this summer, the Clippers could look a lot different in 2017-18. However, if they are able to re-sign CP3 and Griffin to max deals, it's not going to be easy to bring in the quality role players that Doc desires with very little financial flexibility.
Source: WBT
May 4 - 11:56 AM

Blake Griffin had successful surgery on Monday to repair his plantar plate injury in his right big toe.

The Clippers should provide another update in the near future, but there's no report of a timetable yet. The Clippers are going to make it a priority to re-sign both Griffin and and Chris Paul this summer to max deals, so the All-Star forward will likely have to turn down a five-year, $130 million offer he wants to leave Los Angeles.
May 1 - 8:53 PM

Marreese Speights is expected to decline his player option for 2017-18.

It's a no-brainer for Speights, as he's going to opt out of a deal that would only pay him $1.4 million next season. The 29-year-old veteran averaged 8.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.5 blocks and 1.3 triples in 15.7 minutes per game, and he is reportedly looking for a mid-level deal that will start around $8.4 million per season.
May 1 - 12:10 PM

J.J. Redick could get a deal from another team for $18-$20 million per season according to the Los Angeles Times.

Several outlets are reporting that the Clippers are determined to re-sign both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to max deals, so there won't be any room left for Redick if that's the case. Even though he faded in Games 6 and 7 of the playoffs, Redick had a strong regular season with averages of 15.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.6 triples on 44.5 percent shooting. He will be 33 years old in June, but Redick appears to have a lot of gas left in the tank.
May 1 - 12:04 PM

According to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times, the Clippers are hoping to re-sign Blake Griffin to a max deal in addition to Chris Paul.

This comes on the heels of a report by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical that the Clippers are "committed" to re-signing Blake. The Clippers have to like their chances, as they can offer the All-Star forward $175 million over five years, while other teams can only offer around $130 million over four years. He appeared in 61 games in 2016-17, averaging 21.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.6 triples on 49.3 percent shooting. Griffin is currently on the East Coast getting his toe looked at, so we should get an update on his health in the near future.
May 1 - 11:54 AM

According to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times, the Clippers are hoping to re-sign Chris Paul to a maximum deal.

CP3 is fully expected to decline his $24.2 million player option for 2017-18 in order to test free agency. He has plenty of incentive to remain in Los Angeles, as he could get a five-year deal worth about $205 million with the Clippers compared to a four-year deal worth about $152 million for any other team. Chris Paul will turn 32 this month, but he averaged 18.1 points, 9.2 dimes, 5.0 boards, 2.0 triples, 1.9 steals and 2.4 turnovers this season and returned top-10 value in standard fantasy leagues.
May 1 - 11:46 AM


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