Tag:Los Angeles Clippers
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:42 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 9:01 pm
 

Clippers match 4-year offer, keep DeAndre Jordan

Posted by Royce Young

UPDATE: As expected, the Clippers matched Golden State's 4-year, $43 million offer for restricted free agent center DeAndre Jordan, retaining his rights, according to Yahoo Sports and confirmed by Ken Berger of CBSSports.com

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The Warriors really wanted an athletic seven footer to help complete their transformation into a strong defensive team. They thought that player would be Tyson Chandler, but Golden State couldn't keep up with the New York Knicks.

So the Warriors have taken a step back and gone after a different big man. According to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com, the Warriors signed restricted free agent DeAndre Jordan to a four-year, $43 million offer sheet Sunday. The Clippers have three days to match the offer.

Jordan, who is just 23 and appears to be really be trending upward, has spent the last three seasons witht the Clippers and averaged 7.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 25.6 minutes a game alongside Blake Griffin.

The Warriors offered Chandler a four-year, $60 million deal last week but weren't able to land the defensive-minded center. So they've turned to a younger, rawer version of him.

What's interesting about this offer is that the Clips have already reportedly extended Jordan a five-year, $40 million offer, one which he turned down to instead check out the open market. So while Jordan could be looking at an extra two million per year, it's hard not to see the Clippers matching on this offer.

The Clippers are certainly inclined to match, unless they have visions of keeping some flexibility for the 2012 free agent bonanza. Chris Kaman certainly isn't a long-term solution at the 5, but you can be sure the Clippers still consider themselves players for Dwight Howard. But then again, you let Blake Griffin's boy walk because you didn't want to pony up an extra two million a year and you might be toeing a dangerous line of ticking off your franchise guy.

Of note: The Warriors are making this move with the ability to not use their amnesty provision on Andris Biedrins though. How? CSN Bay Area explains:
By waiving Jeremy Lin on Friday and not yet signing rookies Klay Thompson and Jeremy Tyler, it appears as though the Warriors can get to Jordan’s starting first-year salary – in the $9 million range -- by amnesty-ing Charlie Bell. The Warriors are waiting until Sunday to sign Jordan to the offer sheet because they need Lin to clear waivers.

Bell, who played sparingly last season, is on the last year of his contract and set to earn $4.1 million. He was recently arrested in Michigan after showing up intoxicated at his hearing for an earlier DUI.

The Warriors have told Bell to remain in Michigan – rather than joining the team at training camp – and that he is a candidate for amnesty.

Obviously Golden State would likely dangle Biedrins as trade bait so that the Warriors don't have more than $20 million a year tied up in two offensively challenged centers.

Again, it seems to me like it makes all the sense in the world for the Clippers to match. Then again, sense and the Clippers don't often mix well.
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:51 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 5:10 pm
 

Clippers sign Caron Butler for 3 years, $24M

By Matt Moore  

Caron Butler (Getty Images)Two days ago the Clippers were considered a potential front-runner in the race for Chris Paul. Thursday, they completed the most Clipper-esque move they could make. David Aldridge of NBA.com reports that the Clippers have signed the 31-year-old, coming-off-knee-surgery Caron Butler to a three-year, $24 million deal. 

Yup, still the Clippers.

Butler has toned down some of his worst temperments in recent years. He's a little easier on the trigger finger, works hard in a defensive scheme, has veteran experience and was a difference maker on the Mavs last season before he went down with knee surgery. Unfortunately, he's 31, and he went down with knee surgery.

The offers on the table for Butler as of Wednesday included the $5 million Mid-Level Exception from either the Spurs or Bulls, to be a competent role player on a championship contender, or $7 million to go to either the Nets or Clippers.

The Clippers went one million dollars above that to make sure they got Butler. Alongside Eric Gordon and Blake Griffin, Butler will be one of the veteran linchpins for a team that needed to improve on both ends of the floor. 

In unrelated news, the NBA Board of Governors was expected to vote to approve the new CBA deal which they agreed to with the NBPA (also voting Thursday) after a five-month lockout in an effort by owners to control wasteful spending. 

Wocka wocka wocka.

Posted on: December 6, 2011 10:01 am
Edited on: December 6, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Free Agency Buzz 12.6.11: Bulls want JRich?

 

Posted by EOB Staff

On a shortened schedule with the conclusion of the NBA lockout, free agency is going to be fast and furious. To keep track of all the wheelings, dealings, rumors, and reports, check Eye on Basketball daily for the Free Agency Buzz. 

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011

2:54 p.m. 

  • Glen Davis is not expected to return to the Celtics, but CSN New England reports that the Detroit Pistons have interest in him and may offer him the full MLE. He's young enough it doesn't disrupt their core, and a Knight-Hamilton-Jerebko/Daye-Davis-
    Monroe is a pretty solid young (except for Hamilton) core. Not a bad idea. 

1:33 p.m.
11:55 a.m.
  • The Clippers will have a second meeting with Caron Butler. "Caron was really happy with the meeting," agent Raymond Brothers told ESPNLosAngeles.com. "We were really impressed by (general manager) Neil Olshey and (coach) Vinny Del Negro. I think they've got a good young team that can win. Caron had a really good feeling about it."
  • Via ESPN Dallas, Jason Terry wants an extension with the Mavs: "My focus is to sign an extension because being the core of what we've built to this point, I believe they want me here," Terry said. "And if the extension is not done, then that tells me something different. And so, I'm going to put all my efforts out here to prove to everybody in this league that I'm going to be here for another four to five years playing at a high level."
10:15 a.m.
  • The Saginaw News in Michigan, hometown of Jason Richardson, reports that the unrestricted free agent has strong suitors in Chicago, Boston, and Golden State. Each location makes a lot of sense. Richardson has hinted that he very much wants to contend for a title, and as a three-point threat who can defend at least decently, particularly in a stronger system, hes going to have huge value. The Bulls would find a lot of value in his perimeter range and ability to body 2s effectively. In short, he's a major upgrade over Keith Bogans, without the baggage that comes with Vince Carter or Tracy McGrady, and in their price range as opposed to Arron Afflalo.
9:45 a.m.
  • Yahoo Sports reports that the Clippers have extended DeAndre Jordan a five-year, $40 million offer sheet to try and retain the restricted free agent. Jordan is expected to not sign the sheet and instead look for a better deal on the open market, forcing the Clippers to match. $8 million a year is a steep price for a player with Jordan's limited offensive abilities, but given his position (center in a weak market, even in a free agency class full of centers), conditioning, age, and production, it's probably in the range of what he's worth. Anything higher and teams are flirting with overpaying him. Then again, given the run on centers in the next week, swinging for a younger one with freakish athleticism might be worth a few extra bills.
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:27 pm
 

Butler looking at Bulls, Spurs, Nets, Clippers?

Posted by Royce Young

Take away a major knee injury and Caron Butler might be one of the prizes of this free agent class. Not to say he's not something contending teams are after though. He's still a very enticing piece to someone's puzzle.

Question is, who is that someone? Because there are a lot of them. After reports of legit interest in the Bulls, Butler is said to be meeting with the Bulls and Clippers on Monday, the Spurs on Tuesday and the Nets on Wednesday and Thursday he could talk with the Pistons, according to ESPN Dallas.

Of note: The Dallas Mavericks aren't among the teams with interest in Butler right now. Not all that surprising given the Mavs roster and financial situation, but there was a thought that Dallas would try and keep him. The Mavs have said they'd like to keep Butler, but as of now, there's no reported meeting.

Problem for the Mavs is, they're already worrying about Tyson Chandler and J.J. Barea, plus the new luxury tax rules that could change how they spend.

The Clippers will meet with Butler face-to-face at heir practice facility Monday.

You can be sure the Bulls will sign a wing in the next few weeks whether it's Butler, Arron Afflalo or someone else. The Clippers want more scoring to go with Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon. The Spurs are always in the market for cheap veteran talent and with Richard Jefferson being iffy, Butler could be a nice replacement. The Nets want anything.

If I were handicapping this, I'd say the Bulls are the top option for Butler, but it's just whether or not the interest is mutual. It probably will depend on if the Bulls think they can get Afflalo. If not, the Clippers really do seem like a fit. They need a small forward badly and have the money to pay Butler.

And unfortunately for Mavs fans, I might put Dallas last in that list. Just doesn't seem like Butler will be back there.
Posted on: December 2, 2011 5:53 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2011 5:57 pm
 

Preview: NBA sets 5-game Christmas slate

Posted by Ben Golliver

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The NBA made its full 5-game Christmas Day slate official on Friday, releasing the opening night schedule in advance of Tuesday's full 2011-2012 schedule release. Here's a full game-by-game rundown for your holiday planning purposes. It's probably best to just ask for a divorce from your entire family right now.

Game 1: Boston Celtics at New York Knicks 12 p.m. ET TNT

A rematch of the 2011 Eastern Conference series that saw the Celtics rudely show the Knicks the door in four games, New York enters with homecourt advantage and, presumably, a return to full health. Amar'e Stoudemire's back should be better, Carmelo Anthony underwent offseason elbow surgery and veteran point guard Chauncey Billups who went down in the playoffs has had more than six months to get right.

The Celtics bring back their core four All-Stars in Rajon Rondo, Paul Piece, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, but there are plenty of questions as to who will make up the supporting cast. Be prepared to hear the words "last stand" for Boston and "Chris Paul" for New York ad nauseum on the broadcast. 

Game 2: Miami Heat at Dallas Mavericks 2:30 p.m. ET ABC

The Big 3 and company must travel to Texas where the Mavericks will get to celebrate their 2011 NBA Finals victory over the Heat on opening night. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban couldn't have asked for anything more. Despite loads of roster questions and taking to the road on Christmas, Miami should enter the game as favorites, given that Vegas is convinced they are clearly the odds-on pick to win the 2012 title. Given how much time and energy LeBron James and Dwyane Wade spent working out and playing hoops this summer, it's a fair mantle to give them.

The big question for Dallas will be how much of last year's title-winners return? The roster is littered with free agents, including the staple of the defense, center Tyson Chandler, a major wing, Caron Butler, and key role guys in guards J.J. Barea and DeShawn Stevenson. The free agency period will be a flurry of activity in Big D. 

Game 3: Chicago Bulls at Los Angeles Lakers 5 p.m. ET ABC

A marketer's dream: two supersize markets and storied franchises with two of the biggest names in the game head to head in the dream time slot on the league's showcase day. It was worth ending the lockout just for this game.

The Bulls will begin their quest back to the Eastern Conference Finals, hopefully with a new rotation piece or two to make the life of 2011 MVP point guard Derrick Rose easier. The Lakers usher in a new era under first year coach Mike Brown, who will have just a few weeks to learn that All-Star guard Kobe Bryant is in charge and his job is mostly to just push the right buttons when it comes to headcases Andrew Bynum (violent outrages), Pau Gasol (heart ache) and Metta World Peace (just about everything). 

Game 4: Orlando Magic at Oklahoma City Thunder 8 p.m. ET ESPN

The biggest question mark on the schedule: What will the Orlando Magic look like on Christmas? With rumor after rumor swirling around All-Star center Dwight Howard, and GM Otis Smith admitting that he is now open to trade possibilities, Orlando will carry a massive media storm into Oklahoma assuming that Howard isn't already dealt. Guard Gilbert Arenas will likely be shown the door with the amnesty clause and the Magic figure to be players on the trade market given their mediocre, overpriced roster parts.

If the Magic figure to be engulfed in turmoil, the Thunder should be just the opposite. Oklahoma City returns every important member of its rotation, including All-Stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. A solid sleeper pick to win the 2012 NBA Finals, Oklahoma City has a carefully constructed top-8 that covers just about every base there is to cover. Playing in front of a raucous home crowd should make this a great coming out party for the maturing Thunder.

Game 5: Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors 10:30 p.m. ET ESPN

The nightcap will be headlined by All-Star forward Blake Griffin, the league's most explosive up-and-coming inside force. Griffin's still-underrated sidekick, Eric Gordon, will get a nice opportunity to reintroduce himself to a national television audience.

Golden State has undergone a major makeover from the ownership level on down over the last 18 months and new coach Mark Jackson will make his professional debut. The Warriors figure to trot out their excellent backcourt one-two scoring punch in Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry and may even have a revamped post presence if they are able to get something done during free agency. The fifth game on the NBA's Christmas slate has shootout written all over it. Staying up late will be worth it.
Posted on: December 1, 2011 4:15 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2011 4:16 pm
 

Report: Warriors to play Clippers on Christmas

Posted by Royce Young

What was once a triple-header has evolved into a quintuple-header to open the NBA season on Christmas. Right now, the known games are the Celtics at the Knicks, the Heat at the Mavericks and the Bulls at the Lakers. Add Blake Griffin and the Clippers heading to Oracle Arena against the Warriors to that list as well, according to InsideBayArea.com.

The set of games is to include a 10:30 p.m. ET West Coast game and that would presumably be it. The slots are (all Eastern), noon, 2:30, 5:00, 8:00 and 10:30. Celtics-Knicks will be the noon game and I'd imagine the Heat and Mavs would be the 2:30 slot. With the Warriors anchoring at the 10:30, that leaves the Lakers and Bulls to play at either 5:00 or 8:00.

Not surprising the league woudl lean on the Warriors and Clippers for this game. You've got Griffin, the great Warrior crowd, the debut of Mark Jackson coaching Golden State and lots of offense from Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis. Easy choice.

Question is what the other game would be. Most are speculating that it will be Thunder versus Grizzlies, but that's not set in stone yet.

Look for the full, revised NBA schedule to come out sometime next week.
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:34 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2011 4:22 pm
 

Magic GM Otis Smith open to trading Dwight Howard

Posted by Ben Golliverotis-smith-dwight-howard

A new NBA season has apparently brought a new approach to managing the future of franchise center Dwight Howard for Orlando Magic GM Otis Smith.

After months of proclaiming that the Magic would not trade Howard under any circumstances, Smith reversed course on Wednesday in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel
“I think you have to look at everything,” Smith told the Orlando Sentinel when he was asked if he'd consider trading Howard.

“I don’t think you can take anything out of consideration. I think, one, you have to talk to your player first. We have to figure out where his head is, not where everyone thinks his head is, and just more figure out where he wants to be. And then you have to make the best decision of what’s in the best interests of the franchise. That’s how I’ve always went about it: to make the best decision that’s in the best interests of the Orlando Magic."
By this point, NBA observers can read through the phrasing without even squinting to get between the lines. 

As we've learned time and again over the last few years in free agency, "take a look at everything" is the magic code phrase to fellow GMs. Translated it means: "Call me with something to look at." The phrase "talk to your players first" translates to "we will give it all we've got but we admit it might not be enough."  And, of course, the phrase "best interests of the team" translates to "we aren't leaving this process empty-handed."

As recently as last April, Smith told the Orlando Sentinel that the team was taking a firm no-trade stance on Howard.

"The answer will be the same as it always is: No."

Obviously, it's impossible to "look at everything" if you hang up the phone immediately.

This development is not all that surprising. Howard spent the lockout traveling the world and making it clear he was keeping his options open. The Magic, like any team, would be foolish to allow a MVP-caliber superstar like Howard walk out the door without receiving a package of young talent, draft picks and salary cap relief in return.

On Tuesday, word surfaced that the New Jersey Nets were prepared to offer a trade package for Howard. The Los Angeles Clippers are also reportedly interested and the Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly investigating the matter too.

Earlier Wednesday, Royce Young of CBSSports.com explored the question of how the Magic might keep Howard.
Posted on: November 29, 2011 12:59 pm
 

Report: The Clippers are going hard after Howard

Posted by Royce Young



Ever wonder what it would look like for a team to score 100 points, all coming on dunks? That could be your 2012-13 Los Angeles Clippers if they get what they want.

According to ESPN.com, the Clips are in hot pursuit of Howard and will do anything to get him, except trade Blake Griffin:
"While the Clippers like Chris Paul, sources say they like Howard even more. The Clippers have made it clear to executives throughout the league that they will do whatever it takes -- outside of trading Blake Griffin -- to get Howard, who will become a free agent at the same time as Paul, either this season or next summer. So they will not move the players they'll try to use to get Howard to New Orleans for Paul."
A frontcourt of Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin? Salivate with me, NBA junkies.

"Big market team really, really wants Dwight Howard!" really shouldn't be big news. It's kind of obvious that there will be a lot of teams interested in trying to claim 2012's top free agent prize.

But, what is interesting, is the fact that the Clips would be willing to move anyone off the rosters sans Griffin to get Howard. What do they have that could entice the Magic? Because "anything but Blake" would include Eric Gordon. And Eric Gordon's a very, very good player. Averaged 20 points a game last season and that was with him injured. I'm a firm believer that Gordon could be a 25-point-a-game player.

So Gordon, plus DeAndre Jordan (a blossoming defensive big man), a first-round pick and someone for cap relief like Chris Kaman (who has a $12.7 million expiring deal) or Mo Williams. Not a terrible deal, right? Probably as good as what the Magic could get from anyone else.

My question is, is this smart for the Clips? Obviously Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin teaming inside would be insane, but the Clippers have something working right now with a duo of Gordon and Griffin. That's a solid young core, plus Jordan who is becoming a really nice compliment alongside Griffin. Add a dynamic point guard -- and who knows, maybe that's Eric Bledsoe -- and a good wing scorer and you've got a potential playoff team.

If you give it all up to get Howard, you've got maybe the best frontcourt in NBA history, but you're also missing players to pass them the ball or make a shot on a kickout.

It might not make the most sense in the world in terms of structuring a basketball team, but good lord, what a frontcourt. I'm pretty sure that tandem would make YouTube explode.
 
 
 
 
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