Blake Griffin had 22 points in the first half Thursday/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
The Clippers shot 65.9 percent from the field in the first half and lead the Brooklyn Nets 70-37 at the break.
Blake Griffin scored 22 points on 10 of 13 shooting and DeAndre Jordan and Jamal Crawford each scored 12; Jordan also had 11 rebounds.
Chris Paul had just four points, but he doled out 12 assists in the half.
Mason Plumlee led Brooklyn (18-24) with 13 points. The Nets shot just 38.1 percent.
Blake Griffin has the 13th-highest salary this season in the NBA; teammate Chris Paul is No. 8, according to HoopsHype.com/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
HoopsHype.com has posted the team payrolls for the NBA, and it’s interesting to see that the Clippers have the third-highest this season at $84,733,649.
Brooklyn is No. 1 at $93,741,207 and the New York Knicks are No. 2 at $89,672,190.
Individually, the top salary belongs to the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant at $23,500,000. Clippers guard Chris Paul is No. 8 at $20,068,563 and Clippers forward Blake Griffin is No. 13 at $17,632,688.
Incidentally, the Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire is No. 2 at $23,410,988. He’s averaging 11 points and 7.5 rebounds.
Where is Cleveland’s LeBron James? He’s at No. 6 with a salary of $20,644,400.
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.