Clippers sign Chuck Hayes, adding yet another piece to the puzzle

Chuck Hayes’ NBA Journey

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One of the knocks on the Clippers this past season was they weren’t deep enough on the bench. That doesn’t figure to be an issue in the upcoming campaign, not with all the new players being brought in to shore up the roster.

The Clippers this week signed power forward/center Chuck Hayes. The Clippers had already signed forwards Paul Pierce, Josh Smith and Wesley Johnson; guard Pablo Prigioni; and center Cole Aldrich in the off-season. That’s not to mention they traded for wing Lance Stephenson and grabbed forward Branden Dawson in the draft.

Hayes is a 10-year veteran who most recently played for the Toronto Raptors. He appeared in just 29 games in 2014-15 and averaged 1.7 points and 1.8 rebounds in 8.8 minutes per game. He has averaged 3.7 points and 5.0 rebounds over his career.

At 6-foot-6, Hayes is short for a center. But he does weigh in at 240 pounds. Out of San Leandro, Hayes played his college ball at Kentucky. He averaged 9.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists over four seasons for the Wildcats.

 

REPORT: Knicks among teams interested in Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford

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The New York Knicks apparently have expressed interest in acquiring Clippers sixth-man Jamal Crawford.

Crawford’s name has been mentioned in trade rumors in the past, and it’s no surprise they have surfaced again after the Clippers acquired – among others – wing Lance Stephenson during the off-season.

According to a story in the New York Daily News, the Knicks are one of three teams interested in Crawford; the other two are Cleveland and Miami.

Crawford, 35, played for the Knicks from 2004-09. He has a career scoring average of 15.6 and this past season averaged 15.8 points for the Clippers in 64 games.

Clippers’ six-game exhibition schedule includes two games in China

Chris Paul

Chris Paul will soon begin his fifth season with the Clippers/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

The Clippers have released their six-game preseason schedule and it includes two games in China.

The slate opens Oct. 2 with a game against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center. The Clippers then go to Vancouver for a game against the Toronto Raptors on Oct. 4.

The Clippers will travel to China to play the Charlotte Hornets on Oct. 11 and Oct. 14 in arenas in Shenzhen and Shanghai, respectively.

The final two games of the exhibition schedule will feature the Clippers playing host to defending-NBA champion Golden State on Oct. 20 and the Portland Trail Blazers on Oct. 22.

NBA schedules released; the Clippers will play at Dallas on Nov. 11 on ESPN

DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan and the Clippers will play at Dallas on Nov. 11/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

NBA schedules for the 2015-16 season were released Wednesday and, for at least the first two weeks, the scheduling gods were good to the Clippers.

The Clippers will play their first seven games in California. They open Oct. 28 on the road at Sacramento, then host Dallas, Sacramento and Phoenix. The Clippers then play a road game Nov. 4 at defending-champion Golden State before returning home for games against Houston and Memphis.

The Clippers will play their first out-of-state game Nov. 11 at Dallas, where extra security might be needed to keep DeAndre Jordan safe from those angry Mavericks fans who are bound to let Jordan know how much he disgusts them after he backed out of a verbal agreement to sign with Dallas, only to re-sign with the Clippers. That game will be televised by ESPN.

The Clippers don’t play the Lakers until Christmas night, and that will be a Lakers home game.

 

Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin to attend Team USA mini-camp

Chris Paul

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USA Basketball on Thursday announced that Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan will be among 34 players to participate in the Team USA mini-camp Aug. 11-13 in Las Vegas.

The roster is expected to include all 12 members of the 2014 gold-medal winning World Cup team as well as nine Olympic gold-medal winners – eight from the 2012 London Games team.

Paul won Olympic gold medals with Team USA in the 2008 Beijing Games as well as in London. Griffin was originally part of the 2012 team, but was forced to withdraw because of injury.

Head coach is Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski.

The mini-camp will feature practices on Aug. 11 and Aug. 12 and will culminate with a showcase game between Blue and White teams Aug. 13 at Thomas & Mack Center.

Clippers have officially signed guard Pablo Prigioni of Argentina

Prigioni on Joining "Perfect Team"

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After agreeing to terms on a contract with guard Pablo Prigioni on July 22, the Clippers on Tuesday made his signing official.

He is expected to be paid for veteran’s minimum, which for Prigioni is $981,348. Prigioni, 38, has played three season in the NBA. His first two were spent with the New York Knicks. He started this past season with the Knicks before finishing with the Houston Rockets.

Prigioni, who is 6-foot-3, has career scoring and assist averages of 3.8 and 3.0, respectively. He previously played professionally in the Spanish and Argentine leagues.

A native of Rio Tercero, Argentina, Prigioni played in the 2008 Beijing Games with the Argentinian national team, which won the bronze medal. He also toiled for Team Argentina in the 2012 London Games.