Clippers re-sign veteran forward Hedo Turkoglu

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Hedo Turkoglu

Hedo Turkoglu/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

The Clippers have re-signed forward Hedo Turkoglu, the team announced, without providing terms of the deal.

“We are happy to welcome Hedo back to the Clippers,” coach Doc Rivers said. “Hedo is a versatile, veteran presence who contributed to the championship culture we are building in Los Angeles.”

Turkoglu last season appeared in 38 games for the Clippers. He averaged 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds while averaging 10.3 minutes.

Turkoglu, 35, is 6-foot-10. He has a career scoring average of 11.5.

 

 

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Clippers to hold five-day training camp at Nevada Las Vegas

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Chris Paul

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Chris Paul and the Clippers will make their training-camp headquarters for the 2014-15 season at University of Nevada Las Vegas, the team announced Monday.

The five-day camp will take place Sept. 30-Oct. 4 and will  include two-a-day practices the first four days with a single practice on Oct. 4.

“Getting away for training camp offers our team a unique opportunity to bond and focus solely on basketball as we prepare for the season,” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said. “UNLV has first-class facilities and we are excited about starting the season in Las Vegas.”

The Clippers will play an eight-game exhibition schedule with the first game slated for Oct. 7 against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center.

The regular season begins Oct. 30 when the Clippers play host to Oklahoma City.

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Report: Clippers re-sign Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis for 2014-15 season

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Glen Davis

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The Clippers have re-signed veteran post Glen “Big Baby” Davis to a one-year contract for the veterans’ minimum of $1.2 million, according to league sources.

Davis, who is 6-foot-9 and about 290 pounds, came to the Clippers this past season from the Orlando Magic. He played the first four years of his career for the Boston Celtics under current Clippers coach Doc Rivers.

Davis, 28, played in 23 regular-season games for the Clippers in 2013-14. He averaged 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds. He has career scoring and rebounding averages of 8.7 and 4.7, respectively.

The Los Angeles Times was first to report this deal.

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Jordan Farmar talks about getting to stay home in Los Angeles with the Clippers

SAN DIEGO - 03/18/06 - ©DAILY BREEZE PHOTO: SCOTT VARLEY -- UCLA vs. Alabama in the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament at Cox Arena. UCLA won 62-59. Jordan Farmar drives to the basket in the 2nd half.

SAN DIEGO – 03/18/06 – ©DAILY BREEZE PHOTO: SCOTT VARLEY — UCLA vs. Alabama in the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament at Cox Arena. UCLA won 62-59. Jordan Farmar drives to the basket in the 2nd half.

With the Clippers signing of free agent Jordan Farmar, who spent last season with city rival the Los Angeles Lakers (including a stint in 2006-10), the obvious was there: Farmar would be staying in L.A., but in a different uniform.

But Farmar’s choice to stay close to home went deeper then leaving a rebuilding team to a legitimate contender.

“It’s huge, I mean Los Angeles is really special to me. I get a chance to live in my house and be around my friends and family and see my kids grow up,” said Farmar, who went to Taft and UCLA. “Those are all the things that are important to me outside of basketball.”

The Clippers were able to capitalize on the Lakers focusing their attention on luring superstar free agents LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony to L.A.

“It would’ve been an easy decision if the Lakers said, ‘We want to make you a point guard and offer you ‘X, Y and Z and we would love to have you here,’” Farmar told the L.A. Daily News’ Mark Medina. “But those weren’t the conversations going back and forth. So it wasn’t a choice for me to make.”

The Lakers’ attention elsewhere coupled with Rivers’ persistence and desire to get Farmar in a Clippers uniform put the contenders, who were two wins away from the Western Conference Finals in the driver’s seat for his services.

“(Doc) was definitely the first person I talked to. I just landed at LAX, my phone started ringing as soon as I got service, he was the first person that called and he kept calling and he was persistent,” said Farmar. “And that was a good feeling to feel wanted and to feel like you were going to be part of something special.”

This season the 27-year-old was plagued by groin and hamstring injuries, costing him 41 games. When he did play Farmar was effective, averaging 10.1 points per game, 4.9 assists and 2.5 rebounds. Farmar fills the hole left by the departure of backup guard Darren Collison, who opted out of his final year with the Clippers and joined the Sacramento Kings.

Farmar’s deal is for two years and worth $4.2 million.

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Assistant coach Tyronn Lue accepts job as associate head coach with Cleveland

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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.

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Clippers head coach Doc Rivers and Blake Griffin defend Chris Paul after Game 5 loss

Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul, Hedo Turkoglu (8), Jamal Crawford (11) and Blake Griffin (32) walk back to their bench in the closing minutes of a 118-97 loss to the Golden State Warriors during the second half in Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Sunday, April 27, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul, Hedo Turkoglu (8), Jamal Crawford (11) and Blake Griffin (32) walk back to their bench in the closing minutes of a 118-97 loss to the Golden State Warriors during the second half in Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Sunday, April 27, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

After the Clippers’ emotional 105-104 Game 5 collapse to the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road, where Los Angeles squandered a 13-point lead in the final four minutes of play, point-gaurd Chris Paul took the blame.

Paul’s stretch of play in the waning moments would make no highlight reel. Paul turned the ball over with 17.8 seconds left that led to the controversial out-of-bounds call involving Reggie Jackson and the Clippers’ Matt Barnes call with 11.6 seconds left.

After the review kept the ball with the Thunder, Paul fouled Russell Westbrook on the elbow as he attempted a three-point shot with 6.4 ticks left. Westbrook sunk all three for the 105-104 lead.

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Doc Rivers: Potential Shelly Sterling ownership would be ‘very difficult’ for Clippers

When the NBA banned Donald Sterling for life last Tuesday, it hoped for a clean slate for the Los Angeles Clippers.

However, his wife Shelly Sterling has issued statements that she intends to try and keep ownership of the team within her family. She has also denounced her husband’s racist comments, and denied accusations of racism herself.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers did not comment on his personal feelings toward a Shelly Sterling ownership, but said it would be “a very hard situation” due to her connection with Donald.

“I think it’d be very difficult,” Rivers said Thursday. “I guarantee you every person wouldn’t be on board with that. Whether I would or not, I’m not going to say, but I just know that would be a very difficult situation for everybody.” Continue reading

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Jamal Crawford’s shot looked much better in Game 3 against Warriors

Jamal Crawford has been struggling with his shot for a little while now, no thanks to a strained left calf that has hampered him for a couple of months.

Crawford is 11 of 30 from the field in the first three games of the Western Conference playoff series against the Golden State Warriors – 5 of 14 from 3-point range. But he was 5 of 11 and 3 of 6 during the Clippers’ 98-96 victory over the Warriors on Thursday at Oracle Arena in Oakland. That was noteworthy, coach Doc Rivers suggested Friday at the team’s hotel in San Francisco.

“Well, I think he needed it because when you’re not healthy, you need the ball to go in,” Rivers said, “and so I think it was good.”

Two of Crawford’s baskets came back-to-back late in the third quarter. He made a 3-pointer and then an 18-footer that gave the Clippers a 75-62 lead.

The Clippers lead this series 2-1. Game 4 is Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at Oracle Arena.

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Chris Paul’s right hamstring still a minor concern

Chris Paul’s right hamstring has become a bit of an issue, but apparently not a big one. He injured it in the first half of Saturday’s loss to Golden State in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff series.

Paul played 36 minutes in that one. He played 27 minutes in Monday’s 40-point victory in Game 2, but no starter played more than 30 in that one because they were not needed in the fourth quarter.

Coach Doc Rivers said at Tuesday’s practice he was going to limit Paul over the next two days.

“He needs it because I think he’s doing everything he can with it, to be honest,” said Rivers, whose team will play Thursday at Golden State in Game 3. “Two days of huge rest for him. It’s funny, you go into the series talking about J.J. (Redick) and Jamal (Crawford), and we left the game last night thinking we need two days for CP, and so these days will be good for him. He won’t do much. He may do a little tomorrow, but nothing today. We’re not doing anything today anyway.”

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Bench play Monday was off the charts for Clippers in 40-point romp

The Clippers scored only 26 points off the bench in their 109-105 loss to Golden State on Saturday in the first game of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

It was much different Monday when the bench came through with a whopping 58 points in the Clippers’ 138-98 rout of the Warriors at Staples Center. Leading the way was Danny Granger with 15 points, Hedo Turkoglu had 13 and Darren Collison 12. Jamal Crawford started slowly, but he finished with nine points on 4 of 8 from the field.

“I thought our bench tonight was fantastic,” coach Doc Rivers said in the post-game news conference. “Great in the second quarter, obviously great in the fourth quarter. They shot the ball well, they defended. And that’s what we need our bench to do. That’s what that was about, just no let-up.”

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