HoopsHype DeAndre Jordan rumors

November 10, 2013 Updates

DeAndre Jordan honors his late friend and former Houston-area basketball recruit Tobi Oyedeji before every game with a simple message. Since Oyedeji was killed in a car accident in May 2010, Jordan has Tweeted “#35 @TobiOye...” sometime before tipoff of each Clippers game. On Saturday he’ll make an even grander gesture in Oyedji’s honor. Jordan, who grew up in nearby Bellaire, Texas, is hosting 35 underprivileged students at Toyota Center when the Clippers play the Rockets. “His number was 35, so I have 35 inner-city kids who are exceling in athletics and academics coming to the game tonight,” Jordan said. “It’s a thing I’m going to do for a very long time.” NBA.com

November 2, 2013 Updates
November 1, 2013 Updates

The NBA has downgraded DeAndre Jordan's foul on Nick Young from a flagrant 1 to a standard personal foul. Jordan fouled Young with 1:25 left in the second quarter of the Clippers' 116-103 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday. The officials ruled it flagrant during live action, then confirmed it on review -- awarding the Lakers two free throws and possession of the ball. Los Angeles Times

DeAndre Jordan and Andrew Bogut got into a shoving match and had to be separated after receiving double technical fouls. Chris Paul stared down Klay Thompson on multiple occasions after plays. And Blake Griffin even got into it with Warriors coach Mark Jackson after bumping him on the sidelines one time too many. "He was taking it out and he bumped me twice," Jackson said. "I wasn't going to let it happen a third time." Griffin laughed about the incident, saying, "Before the game coach said we have to find a body and box out, and I just mistook him. It was my fault. "It was nothing, really. He thought it was more than I thought it was." ESPN.com

October 29, 2013 Updates

"I don't think it'll ever be a rivalry. You guys [in the media] want it to be, though," Jordan said. "I would say Memphis more than the Lakers." That's because the Clippers and Grizzlies have met in the first round of the playoffs the last two seasons. The Clippers won a thrilling Game 7 in Memphis during the 2012 playoffs and the Grizzlies beat the Clippers in six games last spring. "I hate every other NBA team in the league. If anybody [is our rival], I'd say Memphis," Jordan said. Los Angeles Times

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No one wants the Clippers to evolve – to grow up, you might say – more than Griffin. The fourth-year forward has had a challenging enough evolution of his own, trying to grow his own game while meshing with an older player in Paul who can be so relentlessly demanding. He needs Jordan to fill this role, and to feel fulfilled. So far, Griffin said, so good. "I think he just feels a lot of support from his staff and knows that it's ok to mess up," he told USA TODAY Sports. "We're all going to do it, we're all going to mess up, we're all going to make a mistake that we know we shouldn't have made or we know what to do but we just didn't do it, so I think when he knows that he has that support and he has that lenience, then he's going to be better. USA Today Sports

"He's been in double figures (in scoring) offensively every game, and we've yet to run a play for him," Rivers told USA TODAY Sports before the Clippers played at Phoenix on Tuesday night. "In the past, (not having a play called for him) would have bothered him, and then that would have taken away from his real job. And now, you can see him not thinking about it. "If he gets passed up, he gets passed up on offense and he just keeps playing defense. But I think it's really fun and nice to see him enjoying that end and understanding the impact he has on our team." USA Today Sports

October 5, 2013 Updates

One of the proposed trades attached to the eventual deal that got Rivers out of the final three years of his contract in Boston and allowed him to sign a new three-year deal with Los Angeles had the Clippers sending Jordan and a draft pick to the Celtics for Garnett. It was a side deal that the NBA nixed because such side deals go against league rules. Rivers said he's happy the deal fell apart. He had hoped there would be a way for the Clippers to land Garnett, but not at the expense of Jordan. "I couldn't get involved in that whole thing," Rivers said. "That was the strangest thing in the world. I was seeing the trade talks and I was saying, 'Wait a minute! We don't want to give away that guy!' We wanted that other guy too. That was the home run to get both. "[Jordan] is just too young and too gifted to let walk out your door, bottom line. He's a game changer defensively. He can single-handedly change a game with his defense. There's five guys, and that number maybe too high, that can do that single-handedly with their size and athleticism and he's one of them. When you have one of those guys, you want to keep them." ESPN.com

August 29, 2013 Updates
August 21, 2013 Updates

Jordan has heard it before. You look at his contract and then you look at his stats and you shake your head. Perhaps the only figure that has weighed him down more than his free throw percentage over the past two seasons was the four-year, $43 million contract he signed before the 2011-2012 season. At the time of the deal Jordan was 23 years old and hadn’t been a full-time starter in the league but was suddenly being paid like an All-Star. Whatever learning curve he should have been afforded, quickly went out the window as soon as the ink dried. “I don’t care what other people think about me to be honest with you,” Jordan said Wednesday at a “Call of Duty: Ghosts” multiplayer reveal event. “I know what I do. Nothing against them, but they’re not in the gym with me, they’re not running sand dunes with me at six in the morning. People can only go off of what they see and what they read but I’m working my (behind) off. I really don’t care about the contract. I’m trying to win a title. That’s the most important thing to me.” ESPN.com

Jordan has been working on his free throws daily this offseason with shooting coach Bob Thate, and says it’s slowly becoming second nature. He worked with Thate last season too, but never got comfortable with the new mechanics of his shot. Griffin’s free throw percentage improved from 52 percent to 66 percent last season under Thate’s tutelage; Jordan’s dipped from 52.5 percent to 38.6 percent. “I think it was such a culture shock last year of having to change my shot,” Jordan said. “But what I’ve been doing for the past however many years hasn’t been working so I have to change it. … I’ve been focusing on one shot now and I’m going to shoot that same way and I’m going to get ton of reps up and they’ll start to fall.” ESPN.com

When he walks around Los Angeles now, the old Clippers jokes he once heard have been replaced by questions about one of his many dunks that have gone viral or, more importantly to him, talk about the Clippers winning a championship. “The culture has changed so much,” Jordan said. “It changed when we got the No. 1 pick and everyone knew we were going to take Blake. And then it changed again when we got Chris. And it changed again when Doc came. “For a coach like that who won a championship in Boston to want to come all the way to Los Angeles to coach this team, it’s humbling. I think it’s going to be great season and I’m looking forward to doing some big things.” ESPN.com

August 19, 2013 Updates
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In DeAndre Jordan’s mind, interest from other NBA teams meant he was desired in a way perhaps the Clippers didn’t feel as well at times this offseason. As the Clippers pursued Kevin Garnett, Jordan was ready to move on if they pulled off a deal – and he took all the supposed interest as respect out of other franchises. “If I go, that just means that, honestly, somebody else wants you,” Jordan told RealGM on Tuesday. “As long as someone else is interested, and you’re wanted, you can’t feel negative. I never listened to the s--- on the news or the radio. I just wanted to get better and be ready for the season. Whatever jersey I had on, I really didn’t care to be honest with you. And if I got traded, then s---, so what? I’m still going to be in the NBA. I’m still going to be playing the game that I love, just for a different team.” RealGM

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