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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Sources: Latest on DeAndre Jordan is he might remain in Los Angeles

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DeAndre Jordan is leaning toward going back on his word to sign with the Dallas Mavericks and re-sign with the Clippers, league sources told ESPN.com.

We’ve been following the progress of this situation throughout the day. It began when word came Wednesday morning that Jordan had called coach Doc Rivers and Blake Griffin on Monday to say he was having second thoughts about signing the four-year, $80 million contract he had agreed to sign with the Mavericks this past Friday.

League sources told this newspaper early Wednesday afternoon that Rivers, owner Steve Ballmer, Griffin, Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and Paul Pierce flew to Houston to try to convince Jordan to stay. The Clippers have offered Jordan a five-year max deal for roughly $108 million.

The Clippers contingent is reportedly with Jordan at his house and will stay there until 12:01 a.m. Eastern time, at which time Jordan can sign on the dotted line.

Stay tuned.

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Tweet: Clippers try to keep DeAndre Jordan away from Mark Cuban

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Mark Broussard of ESPN.com sent out a tweet Wednesday afternoon saying that the Clippers are stalling and trying to keep DeAndre Jordan away from meeting with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers, owner Steve Ballmer and players Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, J.J. Redick and Paul Pierce are in Houston to try to talk Jordan out of signing with the Mavericks. Jordan this past Friday agreed to a 4-year deal with Dallas, which, if signed would bring to an end Jordan’s time with the Clippers. Jordan, a 6-foot-11 center, has spent all seven years of his career in Los Angeles. Cuban is also in Houston, trying to thwart off the Clippers’ advances.

Players can sign free-agent contracts beginning Thursday.

Broussard’s tweet reads: “Clippers stalling, trying to keep DeAndre away from meeting with Cuban.”

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REPORT: Doc Rivers and company to try to get DeAndre Jordan to stay

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It’s kind of an unwritten rule that once an NBA player has agreed to sign with another team, his former team backs off. But the Los Angeles Clippers apparently aren’t doing that.

According to a story on ESPN.com, league sources have said that Clippers coach Doc Rivers, owner Steve Ballmer and point guard Chris Paul were going to fly to Houston on Ballmer’s plane on Wednesday to try to convince center DeAndre Jordan to walk away from the contract he agreed to with the Dallas Mavericks and return to the Clippers.

Another league source told this newspaper early Wednesday afternoon that the meeting was taking place at that time and that the contingent also included Blake Griffin, J.J. Redick and Paul Pierce, who last week agreed to sign with the Clippers.

Jordan, who has a home in Houston, agreed to a 4-year, $80 million contract with the Mavericks, who could only offer four years. The Clippers’ offered Jordan their max deal of five years for some $108 million.

Players can officially sign contracts beginning Thursday.

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Clippers giving Royce White a look on summer league team in Orlando

Royce White during his Iowa State days/Photo courtesy of ESPN.com

 

The Clippers have signed power forward Royce White to their summer-league team, which is currently playing in the Summer Pro League in Orlando, Fla.

White, just 24, played in three games with the Sacramento Kings in the 2013-14 season. He played his college ball at Minnesota and Iowa State and was selected 16th overall by the Houston Rockets in the 2012 draft. White is listed at 6-foot-8, 270 pounds. He has suffered from anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

The Clippers on Tuesday at Amway Center in Orlando defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 80-63. White did not play.

The league will continue through Friday.

The Clippers are 1-2 in the league. Guard C.J. Wilcox scored a game-high 22 points in Tuesday’s victory. Branden Dawson scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Dawson’s rights were purchased by the Clippers from the New Orleans Pelicans in the recent draft; he was selected No. 56 overall.

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Report: Clippers to talk with JaVale McGee and Amar’e Stoudemire

JaVale McGee/Photo by John Leyba, Denver Post

 

The Clippers might be interested in offering contracts to free agents center JaVale McGee and power forward Amar’e Stoudemire, YahooSports reported earlier today.

According to the story, which cited league sources, coach Doc Rivers was to speak with McGee via telephone Saturday and with Stoudemire on Sunday.

The Clippers on Friday lost DeAndre Jordan to Dallas when Jordan agreed to a 4-year deal worth some $80 million.

The 7-foot McGee has career scoring and rebounding averages of 8.4 and 5.5, respectively, but he has played sparingly the past two seasons. McGee is just 27. He  had his best season in 2011-12 when he averaged 11.3 points and 7.8 rebounds for Washington and Denver. He also averaged 2.2 blocks that season after averaging 2.4 in 2010-11, when he also averaged 10.1 points and 8.0 rebounds with Washington.

Stoudemire is 32. He has averaged 19.8 and 8.1 rebounds over the course of his 13-year career. He averaged 11.5 and 5.6 rebounds this past season for Dallas and the New York Knicks.

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Clippers could do sign-and-trade that would bring them Roy Hibbert

 

 

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Now that center DeAndre Jordan has agreed to a four-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks, the question is, where do the Clippers look for a replacement?

Just because Jordan is not re-signing with the Clippers does not mean the Clippers suddenly have all kinds of cap space. That’s not the way it works. Basically, they gained very little in that regard.

What the Clippers can do is a sign-and-trade that could bring them Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert. A league source told this newspaper shortly after Jordan’s team announced he was leaving that the Clippers could aim for a deal like this that would bring them Hibbert, send Jordan to Dallas with Dallas shooting guard Monta Ellis heading to Indiana. Ellis on Thursday agreed to a four-year deal with the Pacers.

The 7-foot-2 Hibbert, 28, has career scoring and rebounding averages of 11.1 and 6.8, respectively.

Free-agent contracts cannot become official until July 9.

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Jordan Hamilton, C.J. Wilcox to play on summer-league team in Orlando

 

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Forward Jordan Hamilton and guard C.J. Wilcox will be on the Clippers’ summer-league team that this year will compete in the Orlando Pro Summer League in Orlando, Fla.

They will be joined by second-round draft choice forward Branden Dawson and a host of rookies. Among them is 7-foot-2 center Liam McMorrow, a 27-year-old who has played in the National Basketball League of Canada and most recently in the Philippine Basketball Association.

The league will run July 4-10 at Amway Center in Orlando. The games will not be open to the public because of space limitations. But the games will be televised by NBA TV and recaps and box scores will be available online at www.orlandomagic.com.

 

 

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Report: Clippers, forward Paul Pierce agree to terms on 3-year deal

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The Los Angeles Clippers and small forward Paul Pierce have come to terms on a 3-year deal that will pay him nearly $10, YahooSports.com has reported.

The 6-foot-7 Pierce, who will be 38 when the 2015-16 season begins, has been in the NBA for 17 years. The Inglewood High alum has a career scoring average of 20.7 and a career rebounding average of 5.8.

Pierce played the first 15 years of his career with the Boston Celtics before moving first to Brooklyn and then to Washington this past season. He was coached by current Clippers head coach Doc Rivers in Boston.

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Former Clippers forward Matt Barnes traded to Memphis Grizzlies

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Former Clippers small forward Matt Barnes on Thursday was traded from the Charlotte Hornets to the Memphis Grizzlies for guard Luke Ridnour. Charlotte then traded Ridnour and a conditional 2016 draft pick to Oklahoma City for guard Jeremy Lamb, Charlotte general manager Rich Cho announced.

Barnes, along with post Spencer Hawes, was recently traded to Charlotte for wing Lance Stephenson.

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