Player News - Clippers

Date: Team: Pos:

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

Clippers owner Donald Sterling met with prospective buyer Steve Ballmer on Monday.

In the latest chapter of the Sterling saga, the embattled Clippers owner sat down with Ballmer for the first time on Monday to discuss the former Microsoft executive's bid for the team. It is unclear exactly what the two sides discussed in the meeting, but the session was described as "cordial" by sources familiar with the situation. Sterling is due to appear in probate court on Tuesday to determine whether Shelly Sterling acted properly when she took over the family trust that owns the NBA franchise and other assets, so there are likely more twists and turns to come before this is over.
Jul 22 - 11:08 AM

When Donald Sterling revoked the Sterling Family Trust on July 9, he triggered a process that could result in a default of nearly $500 million the Sterlings owe to three banks.

"I warned [Donald] that the revocation of the trusts would at some point lead to the default of our loans," Darren Schield, the CFO who manages the day-to-day operations of the Sterling' multi-billion dollar real estate empire testified. "I told him that the revocation would open up Pandora’s Box and there would be severe repercussions. We have to start selling our real estate. We have no choice. I don’t know if we could sell that many properties that quickly. Very likely it would be at reduced prices." Wednesday will be the final day of testimony, and Monday will be the closing arguments. Hopefully this won’t be a "story" much longer.
Jul 21 - 6:33 PM

Glen Davis will return to the Clippers after agreeing to a 1-year deal for the veteran minimum.

Davis will earn $1.2 million in his second season in Los Angeles. After a mid-season trade that sent him from the Magic to the Clips, Davis was underwhelming in his 23 games played. Big Baby averaged only 4.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 0.3 assists as a member of the Clippers. With Spencer Hawes likely being the first big of the bench for Doc Rivers, Davis' role may be further limited heading into next season.
Jul 17 - 2:26 PM

Walter McCarty signed a three-year deal to remain as an assistant coach for the Boston Celtics.

This will be McCarty's second season under Brad Stevens after playing over seven seasons with the Celtics. He had spoken about pursuing head coaching opportunities this offseason, but decided to sign a three-year deal to remain as a Celtics assistant.. Cue Tommy Heinsohn's "I love Wal-tah!"
Jul 17 - 9:59 AM

Clippers sign G C.J. Wilcox.

The Clippers selected him in the first round as the best available player. Sadly, Wilcox is buried on the depth chart and will need the Clippers to be bitten badly by the injury bug in order to get playing time. Wilcox is somewhat NBA-ready and could make an impact at some point.
Jul 12 - 10:55 PM

The Clippers signed G Jordan Farmar to a two-year, $4.2 million contract early on Thursday.

He'll be able to back up both guard spots and start when injuries require him to. He's a solid back up and sixth man candidate, especially if Jamal Crawford is involved in a sign-and-trade to play elsewhere this season.
Jul 10 - 12:26 AM

The Clippers officially signed FA C Spencer Hawes to a four-year, $23 million contract early Thursday morning.

Hawes will be a very serviceable backup to DeAndre Jordan and is a worthy starter if DJ gets hurt. But serving as a backup will hurt his fantasy value next season.
Jul 10 - 12:24 AM

Donald Sterling appeared in court on Tuesday as part of his fight to control the Clippers' franchise, but he was combative and erratic during an hour-long hearing.

He is claiming that his wife Shelly Sterling shouldn't have the power to unilaterally sell the Clippers, and that tests proving his mental incapacity should be invalidated. His performance in court didn't help his case, as he accused legendary lawyer Bert Fields of being a "smart ass" during questioning and exhorted him to "Stand up and be a man!" He also failed to answer any questions directly, but he'll be back on the stand when the probate trial continues on Wednesday.
Source: L.A. Times
Jul 9 - 9:46 AM

Jordan Farmar and the Clippers have agreed to a two-year, $4.2 million contract, with the second season a player option.

L.A. lost Darren Collison in free agency and they did well to land a quality backup PG with their bi-annual exception. Farmar should take over most of Collison's 26 minutes per game. Although he played well for the Lakers last season, injuries limited Farmar to just 41 games played -- fantasy owners should view him as little more than a low-end source of 3-pointers and assists while Chris Paul is healthy.
Jul 6 - 6:52 PM


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