Darren Collison/photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
Doc Rivers was talking priorities on the night of the NBA Draft. One was to re-sign backup point guard Darren Collison.
“Our first guy, I’ll be honest, is one of our guys that opted out,” Rivers said June 26. “He’s a little guy. That’s very important for us.”
Rivers confirmed he was talking about Collison. Lo and behold, Collison has agreed to a three-year deal with the Sacramento Kings. The accord is for $16 million, according to the L.A. Times, which first reported the news.
Collison told this newspaper in mid-June he wanted to stay with the Clippers.
“My intention is to stick with the Clippers,” he said. “They’re a good team. Good teams like San Antonio and Miami have stuck with the same core. I’d love to stay for three to four years, but there has to be a mutual agreement.”
Collison, out of UCLA and Etiwanda High in Rancho Cucamonga, just completed his fifth NBA season. He spent a year with New Orleans, two with Indiana and one each with Dallas and the Clippers.
Over that time he has averaged 11.9 points and 4.9 assists. He averaged 11.4 points and 3.7 assists this past season with Los Angeles. He played in 80 regular-season games, starting 35.
Here is the Associated Press story: http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20140703/darren-collison-agrees-to-3-year-16-million-deal-with-sacramento-kings-according-to-source
Paul Pierce/photo courtesy of Brooklyn Nets
It’s been no secret that the Clippers are interested in small forward Paul Pierce of the Brooklyn Nets. That has been reported by this and other outlets. But Wednesday, ESPN.com reported that the Clippers are actually involved in talks for a sign-and-trade deal with the Nets. This, the report said, was “according to sources with knowledge of the situation.”
If the deal takes place, it would reunite Pierce with Rivers, who were player and coach at Boston.
The story suggested any accord would likely include a combination of Clippers Jared Dudley, Matt Barnes and Reggie Bullock.
Pierce, 36, attended Inglewood High and Kansas. He played for Boston the first 15 years of his pro career before toiling for Brooklyn this past season. The 6-foot-6, 230-pounder has a career scoring average of 21.3. However, he averaged a career-low 13.5 in 2013-14.
C.J. Wilcox/photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
It’s kind of cool that shooting guard C.J. Wilcox could be competing with Jamal Crawford for playing time next season as the Clippers’ first-round draft choice plays the same position. Of course, Crawford is established and Wilcox is going to be a rookie, so it’s not likely Crawford will have to worry about getting enough minutes of his own.
Interestingly, the two know each other. Wilcox played college ball at University of Washington, and Crawford is from Seattle.
“He’s up in Seattle every summer, so he’s been in a lot of open gyms and a lot of runs,” Wilcox said. “I’ve competed against him and been around guys who are really close with him, so I know we’ll probably be able to mesh a little bit since we’ve spent some summers together up in Seattle and going against each other. Hopefully, he’ll take me under his wing and show me the ropes since I went to school in Seattle and he’s from that area. … I think he’ll help me take some strides.”
Carmelo Anthony/photo courtesy of New York Knicks
A league source has confirmed that the Clippers are interested in making a pitch for free agents Carmelo Anthony (Knicks), Trevor Ariza (Wizards) and Paul Pierce (Nets).
The period to begin negotiating with free agents began Monday. The Clippers are also hopeful of retaining two of their own free agents – Darren Collison and Glen “Big Baby” Davis, with the most important name being Collison.
Willie Green/photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers on Sunday announced they have waived guard Willie Green.
Green appeared in 55 of 82 games during the 2013-14 regular season. He averaged 5.0 points and 15.8 minutes.
Green, 32, is a veteran of 11 NBA seasons. He has a career scoring average of 8.5. He averaged a career-best 12.4 points in 2007-08 with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Green played two seasons with the Clippers. He averaged 6.3 points in his first season with the club in 2012-13.
C.J. Wilcox (left)/photo by Associated Press
It wasn’t surprising to hear C.J. Wilcox talk about playing with point guard Chris Paul after the Clippers on Thursday drafted him with the No. 28 pick in the first round.
“Everyone watches Chris Paul; he’s the best point guard in the game,” said Wilcox, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard out of University of Washington. “He came and worked out with us up in Agoura Hills one time and it was good to see him in person, good to go against him and compete against him.
“I think that helped me get a sense of how he plays in person. I’m really excited. I know he’s really good at finding guys and getting in good positions to succeed. I think that’s going to help me in the long run.”
Mitch McGary/photo courtesy of University of Michigan
I’ve seen more than one mock draft predict that the Clippers will select Mitch McGary with their No. 28 pick in the first round of Thursday’s NBA Draft.
These are just guesses, of course, but it’s worth telling you something about him just in case it comes to fruition. McGary – a 6-foot-10 post – averaged 7.5 points and 6.3 rebounds as a freshman for Michigan and was named to the NCAA Final Four all-tournament team.
His sophomore season was hectic, to be sure. He played in just eight games because he had back surgery and averaged 9.5 points and 8.2 rebounds. Then, during the NCAA Tournament – he was not playing – he tested positive for marijuana and was facing a one-year suspension had he stayed at Michigan.
McGary is a big guy at 260 pounds, and could give the Clippers some depth in the post.
Tyronn Lue/Photo courtesy of NBA.com
The way things are going, coach Doc Rivers is going to have to find an all-new staff to assist him next season. With associate head coach Alvin Gentry already having accepted a similar post with the Golden State Warriors, assistant coach Tyronn Lue on Monday accepted the job as associate head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to a report on YahooSports, which cited league sources.
Lue had been an assistant under Rivers for five years, the first four when both were with the Boston Celtics.
Jared Dudley – Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
Jared Dudley has the ability to do some things on the basketball court. As recently as the 2011-12 season he averaged 12.9 points and 4.6 rebounds for the Phoenix Suns – both career-highs. But whereas he averaged 31.1 minutes that season, he averaged just 23.4 this past season for the Clippers, when he averaged 6.9 points and 2.2 rebounds. He did shoot a respectable 36 percent (81 of 225) from 3-point range, however, so he does have value.
Dudley is signed for next season for $4,250,000, so the 6-foot-7 small forward will be back unless he is traded. Just 28 – he’ll be 29 in July – Dudley still has several years left to play. It will be interesting to see what his role is for the Clippers in 2014-15.
Photo by Associated Press
Danny Granger, a 6-foot-8 small forward, was once a high-scoring player who averaged as many as 25.8 points during the 2008-09 season with the Indiana Pacers. He was nowhere near that player when he signed with the Clippers in early March. Playing for his third team this past season – Toronto and Indiana being the other two – Granger averaged 8.0 points for the Clippers in 12 regular-season games, during which he averaged 16.2 minutes. He averaged only 10.3 minutes and 2.6 points in 13 playoff games.
But it should be noted that at times Granger showed flashes of what made him a fine player who, from the 2006-07 season through 2011-12, averaged 13.9, 19.6, 25.8, 24.1, 20.5 and 18.7 points, respectively.
Since Granger is still just 31, he would be a good guy to keep on the team. He seemed to work well within the team, and appeared to be a good guy in the clubhouse. That he still has the ability to score quick points because of his shooting prowess – he has a career 3-point shooting percentage of 38.1 – makes him a valuable commodity.
Granger has a player option of $1,316,809 for the 2014-15 campaign.