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JaVale McGee on Clippers' radar

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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.
But the 76ers are expected to pick Russell third overall in the draft Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Los Angeles Lakers could snatch him up at No. 2. And there’s a chance he could slip to fourth to the New York Knicks. The interest of those teams was obvious during a predraft media availability Wednesday at a Manhattan hotel. Media members were crowded around Russell’s podium 10 minutes before he was scheduled to speak. And it stayed that way throughout his 30-minute news conference. “I was actually in my room before I came down here, just sitting on my bed for like 10 minutes,” he said, “just thinking, soaking it all in, thanking God.
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The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to pick up center Robert Sacre’s veteran-minimum team option, league sources told RealGM. Sacre — solidifying himself as a viable reserve big man and defensive presence in three NBA seasons — has lost 15 pounds since the end of the Lakers’ season. He is under a guaranteed option at $981,348 for next season, and there’s a chance the Lakers could look into reworking a longer-term deal with the 26-year-old.
But, a former financial advisor he’s suing in Bexar County for more than $1 million wants a federal judge to force Duncan to arbitration in California, or to move a portion of the suit to Colorado. U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday to take up motions by defendant Charles Banks, who says the investment agreements Duncan signed specify that all disputes over Duncan’s investments in hotel and winery businesses must go to arbitration in San Francisco or Los Angeles.
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Jon Barry, an analyst for ABC and ESPN, cited New York, Los Angeles and Miami as cities that are particularly popular among players. “People aren’t going to be going out in Milwaukee,” he said. While Barry said his night-life days were “long past” — his playing career ended in 2006 — he recalled trips to the China Club, a staple of New York’s club scene in the 1990s.
Knicks president Phil Jackson is spending Thanksgiving in Los Angeles with family. He said that was his plan in September. But Jackson, who was filmed by TMZ while grocery shopping in L.A. last week, apparently didn’t like that the trip has been viewed or portrayed as a vacation and responded on Twitter, saying he went home early for a doctor’s appointment. Jackson’s tweet read: “In spite of news of vaca, the reason to trip to LA allowed for medical checkups — all negative and thankful today.”
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If DeMar DeRozan needs a spot to hang his gold medal from the Basketball World Cup, the USA Basketball star has plenty of options to choose from. The former USC Trojans player and Toronto Raptors wing recently purchased a large estate in Tarzana for slightly over $3.75 million. The home, built in Mediterranean-style in 1995, occupies more than an acre in the gated Mulholland Park area with a pool, expansive lawns and a full basketball sports court. Entered through a grand foyer with a sweeping double staircase, the floor plan features detailed molding, distressed hardwood and a range of ceiling treatments.
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Two NBA superstars were at 1Oak nightclub right around the time Suge Knight was shot in a Hollywood nightclub early Sunday morning — and TMZ Sports has the video. Our photogs were rollin’ as Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee and L.A. Clippers star Glen “Big Baby” Davis walked up to the nightclub around 11:45 PM Saturday night … just like any other night.
Lin, the 25-year-old Los Angeles Lakers guard, recently took to Facebook to answer questions from fans during what he called Fan Appreciation Week. During the session, Lin admitted that he is not as humble as people may believe and admitted his struggles with sinning. “I’m not humble. Pride is [the] greatest sin I struggle with,” he wrote on Facebook. “But I’d say as I get older, go through more experiences in life and face tougher obstacles, I realize that I’m more sinful and need God more than I ever imagined.”
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Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers will square off against former teammate Pau Gasol and the revamped Chicago Bulls on Christmas Day next season, according to multiple league sources. It will be the Lakers’ 16th straight Christmas Day game, dating back to 1999, but the first they’ve played on the road since going to Miami to play Shaquille O’Neal and the Heat in 2006.
It is also difficult to leave Los Angeles, a city that I have come to love and a place where I was able to develop many close friendships and relationships. Despite the move, I intend to maintain close ties with the Los Angeles community, which will always feel like home to me. As I move into the next chapter of my NBA career, I’m embracing the opportunity to play with the Chicago Bulls, and I’m looking forward to becoming an active member of the Chicago community.
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Free-agent swingman Kent Bazemore has agreed to terms on a new deal with the Atlanta Hawks, according to sources close to the process. Sources said the in-demand Bazemore — pursued by the reigning champion San Antonio Spurs and several other teams — will sign a two-year deal worth a guaranteed $4 million from the Hawks. After playing sparingly in his first season and a half in the league, Bazemore emerged as a sleeper free agent following a solid finish to the 2013-14 campaign with the Los Angeles Lakers.
After their big sit-down with Carmelo Anthony in Los Angeles on Thursday, the Knicks are feeling “positive” about their chances of re-signing him, according to a source with knowledge of the meeting. Anthony received Knicks president Phil Jackson’s message “well” during the meeting, in which the Knicks verbally offered Anthony a maximum contract worth $129 million over five years.
As soon as the San Antonio Spurs claimed their fifth title, all the talk about where James will play next season heated up. Heat fans have just reason to be nervous. A source close to James, however, offered a response that might ease the concern. “Where is he going to go that is as good or better than Miami?” the source told to Yahoo Sports. “The San Antonio Spurs? The Chicago Bulls? The Los Angeles Clippers? Where is he [realistically] going to go?”
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Donald Sterling, whose racist remarks in a recording triggered the fight over ownership of Los Angeles Clippers, attended a predominantly black church service in South Los Angeles on Sunday. Sterling told KNBC-TV he went to Praises of Zion Missionary Baptist Church to support the church and said the service was “beautiful.” The station said the church’s pastor met Sterling recently and invited him to worship with the congregation. Sterling received a warm welcome, and Pastor J. Benjamin Hardwick told him the congregation was praying for him.