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

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DeAndre Jordan/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

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

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DeAndre Jordan/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

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 to unveil new look in and around Los Angeles on Thursday

Members of the Clippers family on Thursday will visit several locations around the greater Los Angeles area to meet with fans and unveil their new look with a food and t-shirt giveaway.

The Clippers will have a presence at Sprinkles Cupcakes in downtown Los Angeles (735 S. Figueroa) from 8 a.m. to noon with owner Steve Ballmer appearing from 10-10:45 a.m. T-shirts and cupcakes will be distributed.

The Clippers will be at Pink’s Hot Dogs (709 N. La Brea) from noon to 2 p.m. with coach Doc Rivers and longtime broadcaster Ralph Lawler buying lunch for fans from noon-1 p.m.

Also, Gillian Zucker, president of business operations, will meet with fans at L.A. Metro (800 N. Alameda St.) from 6-7 a.m. with the team presence beginning at 4 a.m. and lasting until 8 a.m.

The Clippers will have people at a total of 32 locations around the city. Other prominent locations and times include:

6 – 8:30 am     Stauffer Middle School                       Lamond Murray (7 am – 8 am)

11985 Old River School Road            Clippers Spirit Dance Team

Downey, CA 90242

 

5 – 6 am          American Airlines Terminal/LAX        Clippers Spirit Dance Team

1 World Way, Los Angeles CA, 90045

 

8 am – 1 pm    Universal Studios                                Gary Grant (10:30 am – 12 pm)

100 Universal City Plaza                    Pooh Richardson (10:30 am – 12 pm)

Universal City, CA 91608                   Clippers Spirit Dance Team

(Fountain near Saddle Ranch)

 

9 am – 2 pm    Santa Monica Pier                              Olden Polynice (11:30 am – 12:30 pm)

380 Santa Monica Pier                       Darrick Martin (11:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Santa Monica, CA 90401                   Clippers Spirit Dance Team

(Pacific Park basketball game – access by walking down pier)

 

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VIDEO: You might say Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is fanatical about team

Not that anyone could have had any doubts about the love Clippers owner Steve Ballmer has for his team. But here is a fine example of just how much Clippers blood is already flowing through his veins in just his first season as boss. Check out Ballmer as his Clippers are defeating San Antonio 107-92 on Sunday in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series. The Clippers were up 79-61 at this point:

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Steve Ballmer is a billionaire, but even Fergie can’t make him a good dancer

The joint was really rocking Wednesday night. That being Staples Center, where the Clippers blasted the Lakers to the tune of 114-89 after leading by as many as 43 points.

The Clippers led by 10 points (34-24) after the first quarter. During the timeout ahead of the second quarter, recording artist Fergie pleasantly surprised everyone by performing one of her hits on the basketball court, which turned into a really cool dance party with Fergie’s dancers and apparently a couple of Staples Center ushers joining the fun.

They weren’t the only ones. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer danced, too, and though he was pretty lousy at it, you don’t have to be a good dancer when you’re a billionaire many times over. Check him out:

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Clippers now 2-0 on road trip after routing host Miami Heat 110-93

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Chris Paul scored 26 points and had 12 assists on Thursday in Miami/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

The Clippers on Thursday night put on their best performance of the season by defeating the host Miami Heat 110-93 at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Los Angeles shot 55.8 percent from the field, 41.9 percent (13 of 31) from 3-point range. Miami shot 44.8 percent, just 23.1 percent (6 of 26) from beyond the arc.

The Clippers (7-4), who led 39-15 after one quarter, also out-rebounded the Heat (6-6) by a 35-30 count. Los Angeles had 31 assists, Miami just 11.

The Heat were missing guard Dwyane Wade (hamstring), but it’s unlikely his presence would have made much difference, the way the Clippers played.

Blake Griffin and Chris Paul scored 26 points apiece to lead the Clippers, J.J. Redick scored 14 points and DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Miami’s Chris Bosh led everyone with 28 points.

The Clippers are now 2-0 on this seven-game road trip. Up next are the Memphis Grizzlies (10-2) on Sunday at 3 p.m. (on Prime Ticket).

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Blake Griffin likes that owner Steve Ballmer will be into the games

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Blake Griffin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

New Clippers owner Steve Ballmer figures to be at a lot of games this season. With his rather wild and crazy enthusiasm, it makes sense that the television cameras will pan to him as much as possible during breaks in the action or directly after a big play.

As much as Blake Griffin has already said he loves Ballmer’s enthusiasm, he said he doesn’t expect to look in Ballmer’s direction that much. But  he’ll still appreciate him.

“Honestly, I probably won’t pay a whole lot of attention to it,” Griffin said Friday ahead of practice. “But it’s great if you do look over and see your owner there really into it, really supporting you. As opposed to maybe not being there, or looking like he didn’t care.”

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Season-ticket holders to be treated to private party at Universal Studios

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Steve Ballmer/Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News

 

Clippers season-ticket holders tonight (Thursday) will be rewarded for their loyalty when the Clippers host a private party for them at Universal Studios from 7:30 p.m. to midnight.

New owner Steve Ballmer is expected to be on hand, as will Clippers announcer Ralph Lawler and the Clippers spirit squad.

The Clippers will return to exhibition play Sunday when they travel to Portland for a 6 p.m. game (on Prime Ticket).

Golden State defeated the Clippers in their exhibition opener Tuesday.

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