Player News - Clippers

Date: Team: Pos:

When asked about Paul Pierce's underwhelming season, Doc Rivers struggled to find an explanation.

"I don't know," Rivers said. "It was a mystery. He had some games where he looked like the old Paul. I don't know the answer yet, and I haven't sat down with Paul, so I don't want to say much." Although Pierce has two more seasons (one guaranteed) remaining on his current deal with the Clippers, it wouldn't be surprising to see him walk away this summer.
Source: ESPN
May 16 - 12:00 PM

Doc Rivers implied that Jeff Green would start at small forward if re-signed by the Clippers.

The Clippers have expressed their desire for Green, an unrestricted free agent who will turn 30 this summer, to return to the club. In 41 games as a starting forward, Green averaged 11.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.7 steals, 0.5 blocks and 0.8 triples on 41.7 percent shooting. Overall, Green averaged 10.9 points, 3.4 boards, 0.7 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.9 3PM during his regular season tenure (27 games) with Los Angeles.
Source: ESPN
May 16 - 11:52 AM

The Clippers announced Blake Griffin (quad) will not play in the 2016 Olympics.

There were some other reports of Griffin not playing in Brazil and now it's official. He's not expected to have surgery on his injured quad and should be ready for the start of next season.
May 6 - 5:40 PM

Wes Johnson is expected to decline his player option for the 2016-17 season.

His player option is only worth $1.2 million, so the swingman should get a decent raise due to the rising salary cap. Johnson averaged just 6.9 points, 3.1 boards, 0.7 blocks, 1.1 steals and 1.3 3-pointers in 20.8 minutes per game this season, so he shouldn't be on fantasy draft boards in most cases.
Source: ESPN
May 6 - 11:23 AM

Cole Aldrich is expected to decline his player option for the 2016-17 season.

He averaged 4.5 points, 4.2 boards and 1.1 blocks as a reserve, but posted averages of 15.8 points, 11.0 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.4 blocks and 2.4 steals in five starts this season. He would've made just $1.2 million if he picked up his player option, so it's an easy decision for him to opt out. If he does land in an ideal situation next season, the 27-year-old center could make some noise in fantasy.
Source: ESPN
May 6 - 11:20 AM

Austin Rivers is expected to decline his player option for the 2016-17 season.

He would've made $3.3 million next season, but he's going to take his chances and try to land a larger deal with the salary cap rising. The Clippers will obviously try to bring him back, but he wouldn't have much fantasy value if he decides to re-sign with Los Angeles. Rivers is coming off the best season of his career with averages of 8.9 points, 1.9 boards, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.9 3-pointers on 43.8 percent shooting.
Source: ESPN
May 6 - 11:14 AM

Jamal Crawford would like to return to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Crawford is due to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but would like to stay with the Clilppers. "I know my role, I respect my role, I respect my teammates," Crawford said. "I don’t like change, so I’m very, very comfortable here, and I’d love to stay here further. The 36-year-old is fresh off winning the Sixth Man of the Year award and will have similar fantasy value in 2016-17 if he's back with the Clippers.
Source: NBA.com
May 3 - 9:22 AM

Paul Pierce said he thinks he has another year left.

After the Clippers were knocked out, Pierce said he is about 50-50 to play next year. After playing 15 seasons in a row with the Celtics, Pierce has played for three different teams in three years. His minutes dropped to 18.1 per game last year and he would likely see even fewer minutes next year.
May 2 - 2:11 PM

Mike Woodson has interviewed to become the next head coach of the Sacramento Kings.

Woodson isn't an early favorite for the job, but the Kings are casting a wide net in their search.
May 2 - 11:38 AM

Vinny Del Negro has interviewed with Sacramento for the head coach position.

It's hard to see VDN becoming the next head coach for DeMarcus Cousins, but predictions about a franchise that can't even tell you its next move have become worthless.
May 2 - 11:36 AM

Pablo Prigioni will "probably" retire this summer according to ESPN.

He will be 39 years old in just a few weeks, so this isn't really a surprise. Prigioni averaged just 13.9 minutes in 59 regular season appearances and was never a reliable fantasy option.
Source: ESPN L.A.
Apr 30 - 9:40 AM

Paul Pierce said he is "50-50" on whether or not he will retire.

The Truth has two more years left on his deal with the Clippers, but he will be 39 years old in October and just had the worst season of his career by far. He averaged just 6.1 points, 2.7 boards and 1.0 assists in 18.1 minutes per game during the regular season, so he won't be a fantasy option next season if he decides to keep playing.
Source: ESPN
Apr 30 - 9:37 AM

J.J. Redick scored 15 points in a 106-103 season-ending loss to the Blazers on Friday, adding one rebound, one assist and one 3-pointer.

He surprisingly only had two shots from deep out of his 12 total field goal attempts. Redick's heel was a problem for him this series and it kept him down to 26 minutes in this game. It'll be interesting to see what the Clippers do this offseason, but Redick should still hold his mid-round value.
Apr 30 - 1:28 AM

Austin Rivers needed 11 stitches after an Al-Farouq Aminu elbow to his face during a season-ending loss to the Blazers on Friday, finishing with 21 points, six rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

He had four stitches above his eye and seven below it. Rivers made the offense go and the Clippers may have been blown out without him. He'll likely be getting more attention in free agency this summer with the Clippers as the favorites to sign him.
Apr 30 - 1:28 AM

Jeff Green got the start on Friday in a loss to the Blazers, finishing with 11 points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 36 minutes.

He had a better chance to perform with the Clippers banged up in the last two. Green will head into free agency afters showing some promise with the Grizzlies after they lost Marc Gasol (foot). His fantasy value hinges on his destination perhaps more than any other player.
Apr 30 - 1:25 AM


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