Doc Rivers to speak with reporters regarding DeAndre Jordan saga

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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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

Adam Silver doubts change will come regarding intentional fouling

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According to a story on ESPN.com, NBA commissioner Adam Silver told reporters covering the NBA Finals in Oakland that there is little chance there will be a rule change that would prevent the intentional fouling of poor free-throw shooters like DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard of the Houston Rockets.

Silver said league executives at the general managers meeting in mid-May were opposed to any changes.

“The data shows that we’re largely talking about two teams, throughout the playoffs,” Silver said. “In fact, 90 percent of the occurrences of Hack-a-Shaq invole the Rockets and the Clippers. And for the most part, it’s two players. Seventy-five percent involve two players, DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard. So then the question becomes, should we be making that rule change largely for two teams and two players?”

Jordan, an unrestricted free agent, shot just 39.7 percent from the free-throw line this season and has just a 41.7 career percentage over seven seasons. Howard shot 52.8 percent this season and has shot 57.3 percent over 11 seasons.