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July 20, 2014 Updates

“No strings attached,” West said to the now-Clippers coach while making a pitch for a spot on Rivers’ summer league team. OK, Rivers decided. Summer league doesn’t require any commitment. “He just wanted a shot — he just wanted a chance with no commitments to try and make it,” Rivers said last week. Boston Herald

July 19, 2014 Updates

A lawyer for the man offering to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion told a judge Friday that Donald Sterling's stalling tactics are threatening to doom the sale by pushing it past a contractual deadline. At a hearing to set parameters for the rest of a probate trial, attorney Adam Streisand implored the judge to make a swift decision when hearings conclude July 28. He said the final deadline for closing the deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was extended by a month, but "the deal ends on Aug. 15." A month later, the NBA can seize the team and sell it at auction, Streisand said. Boston Herald

July 18, 2014 Updates

Sam Amick: Free agent big man Ekpe Udoh considering contenders, with decision expected this weekend. Was close to Clippers until they did Glen Davis. Twitter @sam_amick

On the B.S. Report, DeMarcus Cousins stopped by to talk about free agency, the ins and outs of Kentucky and whether he has a beef with anyone. Here are some highlights: On Blake Griffin and Chris Paul DeMarcus Cousins: I don't have a problem with Blake. Bill Simmons: Oh, you're one of the guys -- there's a lot of guys who CP kind of bugs them. Cousins: Yeah, I dislike CP a lot. Simmons: CP does a lot of talking. Cousins: I know. Simmons: What if you saw him off the court? You'd be OK with him. No? Cousins: I don't have a problem. ESPN.com

July 17, 2014 Updates

The Portland Trail Blazers announced their NBA preseason schedule today, highlighted by two games at the Moda Center vs. Western Conference rivals the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers. Portland will open the preseason slate on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at Utah before returning home to play the Jazz on Thursday, Oct. 9 and the L.A. Clippers on Sunday, Oct. 12. The team will close out the preseason with a three-game road trip at Denver, the L.A. Lakers (in Ontario, Calif.) and the L.A. Clippers. An additional home preseason game will be announced at a later date. NBA.com

ESPY Awards host Drake delivered a hilarious monologue to start the show, in which he jokingly acknowledged being a bandwagon fan and blew air in Lance Stephenson’s ear. At one point, Drake took a shot at Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, and Blake Griffin’s reaction was priceless. Drake noted that the audience was just a few hundred yards from the Staples Center, which is “as close as Donald Sterling is allowed to get.” The camera immediately cut to Griffin in the audience, who tried to stifle a laugh. For The Win

July 16, 2014 Updates

WJZ has confirmed that the transgender woman killed Wednesday in Baltimore is the the brother of NBA player Reggie Bullock. Newly signed to the Clippers, Bullcok tells WJZ Kevin Long, who identified as Mia Henderson was his brother. CBS Baltimore

As troubling as that might be in terms of public perception, given Sterling’s racially bigoted comments back in April, and as incendiary as that could become as an issue with the NBA’s players, Silver said the methodical pace of the probate trial in Los Angeles between the Sterlings could further delay the Clippers sale to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. “No, I cannot say it with certainty, and I cannot say it with certainty because it’s in the hands of the probate court,” Silver said. “I can say with certainty, we are doing everything in our power to move Donald out as an owner in the NBA. If the probate ruling doesn’t go in our favor, we’ll recommence our procedures under termination.” NBA.com

July 15, 2014 Updates

Rivers also said that he would have liked to bring in Paul Pierce, who helped him win a championship in 2008 and played under Rivers for nine seasons in Boston. Pierce wanted to come home to LA, but the financials did not line up, and he wound up going to the Wizards. “We talked a lot,” Rivers said. “Quite honestly, a sign-and-trade just wasn’t possible. That would be great, but Paul ends up in Washington and that’s great for him. But clearly, we have a relationship — and he has a relationship with LA, that is where he is from. That would have been great. But it just couldn’t happen. They’re in a tough situation because they have so much money — 100 million (payroll). So they can’t take on any more salary and a sign-and-trade would mean they’re taking on more salary. They literally just cannot do it. We knew it would be hard. We tried every avenue and it just wouldn’t work.” Sporting News

 

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