Chris Paul to represent Team World in NBA game in August in South Africa

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Chris Paul will play on Team World when it takes on Team Africa on Aug. 1 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Team Africa will consist of players born in Africa and second-generation African players. The team is to be coached by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Among the players on that team will be Luc Mbah a Moute of the Sacramento Kings, Serge Ibaka of Oklahoma City and Festus Ezeli of Golden State.

Among those to play with Paul on Team World are brothers Marc and Pau Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies and Chicago Bulls, respectively. Brooklyn Nets coach Lionel Hollins will coach Team World.

“I look forward to representing Team World in the first NBA game in Africa,” Paul said in a statement.  “It will be my first visit to the continent, and I cannot wait to contribute to the growth of the game on and off the court.”

The proceeds will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs in South Africa, SOS Children’s Villages Association of South Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

ESPN will televise the game live at 6 a.m. (PT).

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Clippers announce they have waived guard Lester Hudson

Lester Hudson

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The Clippers on Wednesday announced they have waived guard Lester Hudson.

Hudson, who had been a star in the Chinese Basketball Association the past two seasons, came to the Clippers near the end of March. He played in five regular-season games, averaging 3.6 points and an assist. He appeared in seven of the 14 playoff games and averaged 2.0 points and an assist.

Hudson, 30, played his college ball at University of Tennessee at Martin.

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Clippers have come to terms with draft pick forward Branden Dawson

Clippers Sign Branden Dawson

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The Clippers on Wednesday announced they have signed Branden Dawson, who was chosen 56th in the recent NBA draft. The Clippers purchased his rights from the New Orleans Pelicans late the night of the draft.

Dawson, out of Michigan State, is a 6-foot-6, 225-pound forward. He averaged 12.8 points and 10.3 rebounds in four games during the recently completed Orlando Pro Summer League.

Dawson averaged 11.9 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in his senior season at Michigan State and was named second-team All-Big Ten.

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Clippers re-sign guard Austin Rivers to two-year deal worth $6.4 million

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The Los Angeles Clippers on Monday announced they have re-signed guard Austin Rivers to a two-year contract and signed center Cole Aldrich to a one-year contract with a player option for a second year.

The Clippers last week re-signed center DeAndre Jordan and signed small forwards Paul Pierce and Wesley Johnson.

Austin Rivers, son of Clippers coach Doc Rivers, signed for a total $6.4 million, according to a league source. That’s the most the Clippers could pay him.

The younger Rivers came to the Clippers during the 2014-15 season in a three-team deal with the Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns. He had just been traded from New Orleans to Boston and never had to report to Boston as he was then dealt to the Clippers.

Rivers averaged 7.1 points and 1.7 assists in 41 games for the Clippers after coming over in mid-January. He upped his level of play in the post-season when he averaged 8.4 points and 1.1 assists playing in all 14 games.

Austin Rivers was given a lot of credit for helping the Clippers win Game 4 of their first-round series at San Antonio by scoring 16 points on 7 of 8 shooting off the bench. That victory tied that series 2-2 and came on the heels of a 100-73 Game 3 loss at San Antonio.

Then, in the Western Conference semifinals, Rivers scored 25 points on 10 of 13 shooting to help Los Angeles to a 124-99 victory over Houston in Game 3 at Staples Center.

Rivers, who is 6-foot-4, played one season of college ball at Duke. He played the first 2 1/2 seasons of his pro career with New Orleans. He’ll be 23 on Aug. 1.

Aldrich, who is 6-11, has been in the NBA for five seasons. His contract calls for the veterans’ minimum. In his case, that’s $1,100,602 for the upcoming season. He played his first two seasons for Oklahoma City, played for Houston and Sacramento in 2012-13 and for the New York Knicks the past two seasons.

His most productive season came in 2014-15 when he averaged 5.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in 61 games with New York, starting 16 and averaging 16.0 minutes.
Aldrich, 26, was drafted 11th overall in the 2010 draft. He played his college ball at Kansas. He was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and second-team All-America in 2010.

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DeAndre Jordan takes to Twitter to apologize to Mavs owner Mark Cuban

DeAndre Jordan has taken some heat for not calling Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to tell him he had changed his mind about signing with the Mavericks to re-sign with the Clippers.

Jordan has taken to Twitter to apologize to Cuban for the way things end up going.

 

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Clippers make the signing of small forward Paul Pierce official

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The Clippers on Friday officially announced the signing of small forward Paul Pierce. The contract is reported to be for three years for roughly $10 million.

Pierce is being reunited with Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who was the head coach at Boston from 2004-13. Pierce began his career with the Celtics in 1998 and played for them for 15 seasons before playing for the Brooklyn Nets in 2013-14 and the Washington Wizards this past season.

Rivers and Pierce won an NBA title together in 2008.

Pierce, who is 6-foot-7, has career scoring and rebounding averages of 20.7 and 5.8, respectively. He averaged 11.9 points and 4.0 rebounds in 2014-15.

Pierce is 37 and will be 38 on Oct. 13. He prepped at Inglewood High.

It’s the third signing this week for the Clippers. DeAndre Jordan re-signed on Thursday, and Wesley Johnson also signed on Thursday.

Johnson averaged 9.1 and 9.9 points the past two seasons, respectively, for the Lakers. Johnson, a 6-7 small forward, will turn 28 on Saturday.

 

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Mark Cuban details Wednesday’s events from his perspective

Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban/AP file photo by Carolyn Kaster

 

Here is a message from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban from his Cyber Dust account as transcribed by The Sporting News. It details what Cuban says transpired from his part on Wednesday as he tried – to no avail – to speak with DeAndre Jordan, who eventually backed out of a verbally agreed to contract with the Mavericks to re-sign with the Clippers. Cuban’s message seemed a response to ESPN reporter Chris Broussard, who Wednesday tweeted that Cuban was driving around Houston on Wednesday, calling people to try to find out where Jordan lived.

 

 

Dear Mavs fans,

After all the nonsense coming from an ESPN employee on twitter, I thought I would provide the events of the day on Tuesday.

Through all of Monday we were texting back and forth discussing players available, the amount of cap room we had left. Who our staff liked. Who he liked. How excited he was.

Then on Tuesday the communications basically stopped and we started hearing rumblings from multiple people that something was up.

So I flew down to Houston and got a room at the galleria, which is just a few minutes from his house I had my driver take me to his house. It’s inside a small gated community but the gate was wide open. So we drove in and I literally walked up to his door.

There was no one home. So I texted him saying that I was there. I know something is up. Let’s talk. He texted me that he was on a date.

I told him to have fun. I wasn’t in a rush, that I was happy to come by there and say hi or if he wanted to make the date fun, take them to Dallas for a night out.

He didn’t respond.

After about 10 mintues I went back to the hotel. I wasn’t going to sit in front of his house. I didn’t think that was right.

When I got back to the hotel I texted him that I wasn’t in front of his house. Have fun on his date and we will talk.

He hit me back immediately saying thanks.

He knew I was in town. He knew I was close by. I knew something was up. I was getting the same reports everyone else was.

I also knew his agents were coming to town. It made sense that he would talk to them and worst case, even if he was having second thoughts the agent would be able to give me updates.

Like any big career move it’s natural to have second thoughts. So while I was concerned, I still wasn’t worried. SO I went to bed.

More to come.

And for those who care. I like this medium because it’s like having a face to face conversation. I can say what I want. No trolls. I can reach any size audience. And respond to people easily.

Broussard on Friday morning apologized for his Wednesday post on his TwitLonger account:

“Regarding my Wednesday report: I should have attempted to contact Mark Cuban before I reported what my sources were telling me. I always try to carry myself with honestly and integrity both personally and professionally. I recognize that I tweeted hastily, I’m sorry for it, and I will learn from my mistake.”

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Doc Rivers likes the moratorium period just the way it is now

DeAndre Jordan

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Free agents could be offered contracts July 1. But they couldn’t sign them until the clock struck midnight on July 9 Eastern time.

DeAndre Jordan on Friday, July 3, verbally agreed to a 4-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks. He backed out of that late Wednesday night and at 12:01 Eastern time, he re-signed with the Clippers.

During a conference call Thursday, coach Doc Rivers was asked if he thought the moratorium time between when players could accept and then sign contracts should be changed. Rivers at first was funny.

“I think it’s great now,” he said. “I mean, what kind of a question is that?”

Then he got serious.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I do think guys need time. People, you know, they make this decision and make it seem like it’s so easy for anybody to make. These are career decisions that young people are making, and career financial decisions people are making. If the ebb and flow goes back and forth where a guy decides and then undecides and then changes his mind and goes back, that’s life.

“It happens every day in business, and it happens in our business. The difference, if you’re the team the guy committed to first, it’s a tough seven days. I’ve been through that; or eight days, or whatever it is.”

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Doc Rivers not worried about scorn DeAndre Jordan could face

DeAndre Jordan

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In this world of haters – both those attending sporting events as well as those on Twitter – one has to wonder how much disdain DeAndre Jordan is going to face in the upcoming season as he and the Clippers make their way around the league. After all, Jordan did back out of a contract to which he verbally agreed with the Dallas Mavericks in order to re-sign with the Clippers.

Coach Doc Rivers on Thursday during a conference call said he is not worried about that.

“No, I think he gets heckled enough anyway,” Rivers said. “I don’t think we’re worried about that. When you’re on the road, you’re probably going to get booed and heckled as a group and the better you are, the more it’s going to happen.

“Listen, I played for the Knicks back when we were the bad boys of physicality. I played with the Celtics, which, other than the Boston people, people don’t love. That’s part of the game. I’m sure there will be some. There will be some at me and at Chris (Paul) and at Jamal (Crawford) and DJ and at Blake (Griffin) for whatever other reasons. That’s just sports. But that’s separate than the haters.”

Rivers talked about the social media aspect of all this. Jordan has taken his share of heat on Twitter since changing his mind and leaving the Mavericks and their owner – Mark Cuban – out in the cold.

“I think what the internet has done is make a lot of people brave because they’re faceless,” Rivers said. “Growing up in the league, when I grew up, everyone that wrote something was there every day. That’s why I appreciate all the beat guys that are there every day. They don’t have to agree with me every day, they have to take my crap at times, but at least they show their face.”

But, seriously, can you imagine what it’s going to be like the first time the Clippers play at Dallas? Wow!

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Doc Rivers to speak with reporters regarding DeAndre Jordan saga

DeAndre Jordan

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Coach Doc Rivers on Thursday afternoon will play host to a conference call with reporters to talk about the zany day that was Wednesday, a day of events that led to DeAndre Jordan backing out of his verbal agreement with the Dallas Mavericks to stay with the Clippers.

Jordan signed on the dotted line just after 9 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday. His new contract with Los Angeles is for four years and some $84 million.

Jordan has played all seven years of his career with the Clippers.

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