HoopsHype Blake Griffin rumors

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The overall cloudy Knicks picture suggests that Anthony might force his hand to make the one and only trade that's best for him this season and beyond: going to the Clippers. In that scenario, a compelling blockbuster deal that fits money-wise would be Anthony and shooting guard Iman Shumpert for Griffin, small forward Jared Dudley and center Ryan Hollins. A deal-breaker could be a future first-round pick to the Knicks. Bleacher Report

The source close to the Clippers said Sterling might see Anthony as a major financial kicker to get the Fox renewal done and improve his franchise's value, which is average for an NBA team, approaching $500 million, according to Forbes—but it's growing. Sterling would have Anthony until at least 2015, when his current contract expires. As a businessman, Sterling is trying to go toe-to-toe with the Lakers, who have an exclusive deal with Time Warner Cable SportsNet, and a finalization with FSPT would spark a financial jump. Bleacher Report

But even with CAA's tight and discombobulated foothold on the organization, another source close to the team said it should pull the trade off "in a heartbeat," because the Knicks "aren't going anywhere until 2015"—and at least with Griffin, they have a young star they can build around through 2017, which is when his contract expires. The source said the Knicks should go into rebuilding mode without Anthony, who could simply leave the Knicks in the dust. Why not prepare now? Bleacher Report

December 12, 2013 Updates

Western Conference - Frontcourt: 1. Kevin Durant (OKC) 607,407 2. Dwight Howard (Hou) 295,120 3. Blake Griffin (LAC) 292,925 4. Kevin Love (Min) 275,506 5. Tim Duncan (SA) 217,271 6. Anthony Davis (NO) 149,579 7. Pau Gasol (LAL) 133,199 8. LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 132,818 9. Andre Iguodala (GS) 109,745 10. Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 89,093 11. Chandler Parsons (Hou) 77,179 12. DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 60,923 13. David Lee (GS) 60,015 14. Kawhi Leonard (SA) 55,023 15. Omer Asik (Hou) 53,827 NBA.com

December 8, 2013 Updates

"I wouldn't say pouting," Griffin said when Rivers' comments were relayed. "I think guys are frustrated and they want to play better and they want to play well. I guess we have to do a better job of playing through that and trying to keep better body language and a better demeanor, but that's tough." The Clippers' inability not to let bad calls or bad plays get the best of them and affect the way they play defense has been an issue the past two seasons. After Saturday's loss, many players were tired of it continuing to plague them. "We all got to grow up," DeAndre Jordan said. "Sometimes we're not going to miss a shot and tonight I don't think any of us shot the ball well, but that doesn't mean we can't give an effort on the defensive end because if we get stops, we don't score, but they're not scoring either. If we're not scoring the basketball, we have to play even harder defensively to stay in the game. … We just got to be consistent." ESPN.com

November 22, 2013 Updates

But not anymore. Now it just leads to some grumbling and a chorus of boos, which came down a pair of times during the Clippers' 105-91 loss in Oklahoma City. “Yeah, it's been happening,” Griffin said of the negative response. “But that's the great thing about Oklahomans, they're extremely loyal to their team.” Oklahoman

November 21, 2013 Updates

It’s Serge Ibaka verse Blake Griffin. The adopted son against the forgotten one. And it’s one of the league’s most intriguing head-to-head matchups, with the latest chapter in this wacky tale of sports loyalty set for Thursday night in OKC, when the Clippers visit the Thunder. “They have that budding rivalry,” said Thunder forward Ryan Gomes, who played with Griffin for two years in Los Angeles. “They’re both at that power forward. Blake is from Oklahoma and Serge plays in Oklahoma. So there’s a little bad blood between them.” Oklahoman

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Barnes was ejected after pushing Serge Ibaka, who got tangled up with Blake Griffin just before halftime. Not long after clearing off the court and heading to the locker room, Barnes sent a tweet where he vented his frustration for being ejected. Larry Brown Sports

Shortly after being ejected from the game, Barnes had a shocking reaction to what happened (UPDATE: Barnes has since removed the tweet). I love my teammates like family, but I’m DONE standing up for these niggas! All this shit does is cost me money.. SheridanHoops

Barnes' teammates came to his defense after the Clippers' 111-103 win. "One of the best teammates I've ever had. Matt has a big heart. He goes out there and competes every night. Not scared of nothing," said Chris Paul, who hadn't seen the tweet. "We appreciate what Matt does for us, and he's a great teammate," Griffin said. "We've got his back, and he's got ours." ESPN.com

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