Los Angeles Clippers Rumors
Northeast Ohio Media Group confirms an ESPN report that the Cavaliers are exploring the possibility of trading for one of the most electric sixth man in the league: shooting guard Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers. The club is looking into using the Brendan Haywood non-guaranteed $10.5 million salary to acquire the reserve-scoring specialist.
The Miami Heat also reached out to Clipper management to gauge what it would take to pry Crawford away, a league source informed NEOMG. His services are being courted to South Beach for scoring assistance and insurance coverage in the event that Dwyane Wade misses a game or two.: 4 more rumors
He spoke to NEOMG on Monday and said he’s in great shape, but he’s not permitted to discuss potential trade scenarios. “I’m 100 percent healthy, motivated and ready for next year,” Crawford relayed to NEOMG. “I believe I have a big year in store. I’m just excited and ready for next season.” A Clippers official was adamant that Crawford wasn’t being shopped, but that’s not stopping teams from inquiring.
It’s very possible that General Manager David Griffin has better options for the $10.5 million Haywood contract. I’ve heard rumors about the Cavs and Jamal Crawford of the Clippers. Griffin would probably love to find a way to turn Haywood’s deal into a point guard and a wing player. So I’m not claiming the Johnson trade is extremely close.: 4 more rumors
Chris Broussard: Sources: Carlos Boozer is in on-going conversations with LAC, SA, Dallas and Toronto
Brad Turner: Clippers have had conversations about bringing center Ryan Hollins back, sources. Hollins played for Doc Rivers in Boston and in LA during 2013-14 season. Hollins viewed as a backup center.
Jared Zwerling: Source: With DJ leaving, more intrigue between Clippers and Amar’e Stoudemire, providing big-man support. Amar’e and Chris Paul are close.: 8 more rumors
The Indiana Pacers have engaged the Dallas Mavericks in discussions about a three-way sign-and-trade agreement that would potentially bring former All-Star center Roy Hibbert to the Clippers, a league executive told The Times on Saturday, though the Mavericks’ motivation to complete such a deal seemed doubtful.: 13 more rumors
Indiana is seeking to trade Hibbert after failing to get him to decline his player option for $15.5 million for next season by publicly implying in April he might be benched if he returned. The Pacers are expected to engage other teams for Hibbert’s services if the sign-and-trade agreement with the Mavericks and Clippers falls through.
Free-agent center JaVale McGee is a serious consideration for the Los Angeles Clippers, and plans to have a telephone conversation with president and coach Doc Rivers on Saturday, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Clippers, who lost center DeAndre Jordan to the Dallas Mavericks in free agency, are taking a strong look at McGee, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Clippers have roughly $2.2 million in exception space left to pay a player beyond the league’s minimum salary slot of $1.4 million.
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers’ son Spencer, who plays basketball at UC Irvine, was clearly not pleased by Jordan’s decision and took to Twitter to vent. Spencer Rivers tweeted: “If true I don’t see why someone signs with a team that might not make playoffs and have 0% chance of winning a championship… “Hope he does well and of course I’m mad he left lol am I supposed to be happy…”
Two of Rivers’ other kids weighed in on Jordan’s decision to leave. Tweeted his son Jeremiah: “Disappointed As I May Be. Can’t even be Mad, DJ Gave His All To The Clippers, Good Luck In Dallas Man.” Tweeted Rivers’ daughter Callie: “Doesn’t make sense, had a championship team. but ALWAYS wish him the very very best.”
Tim MacMahon: Mavs source doubts 3-way SNT that would send Roy Hibbert to Clips happens. Indy working other deals. Mavs not motivated to help LA.
Alex Kennedy: One executive I spoke to speculated that the Clippers may shop Jamal Crawford (who’s owed $5,675,000) as they look for a replacement center.
What the Clippers can do is a sign-and-trade that could bring them Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert. A league source told this newspaper shortly after Jordan’s team announced he was leaving that the Clippers could aim for a deal like this that would bring them Hibbert, send Jordan to Dallas with Dallas shooting guard Monta Ellis heading to Indiana. Ellis on Thursday agreed to a four-year deal with the Pacers.: 13 more rumors
Ken Berger: @Brian Windhorst cites benefits of LAC sign-and-trade with Dallas for Jordan. In fact, source tells me Clips have approached Mavs about it. Benefits for Clips obvious. Mavs could get an asset, maybe even a useful player, for their trouble.
Brian Windhorst: Just as Suns did w/Steve Nash & Cavs did with LeBron, Clippers need to put aside emotion & try to get Mavs to do sign & trade for exception. For example: double sign & trade with Monta Ellis that would land Roy Hibbert in LA & help Mavs pick up an asset or two plus Jordan. Or 3-way trade with Brendan Haywood’s contract that could enable Clips to make offer for Nene, Pekovic or Koufos. There are ways out for LAC