But Love, in Cleveland — it works. And yet, the Internet still really wants to see Love traded. “That’s just something that you live with,” Love said. “We have so much hype and media and the good and the bad surrounding this team and it just comes with the territory. So, I love this team, love the coaching staff, my teammates, the organization. I mean, I don’t think it will ever leave but frankly, I don’t really give a s—.”
So after three years of Ballmer’s ownership, it might just be long enough to draw some conclusions. Most importantly, according to Clippers insiders, is his commitment to keeping both Griffin and Paul long term no matter what it costs.
Erik Horne: Kendrick Perkins on @TheVertical on his time in Oklahoma City and his trade: “When’ started playing, my first game was in Washington whenl played for OKC. I remember! came out and it was like ‘boom.’ We just took off from there. The guys, from Russ, to Kevin, to everybody just fell under my wing. I had a two-bedroom townhouse and they was there every night. Every night we was home, they was there. Every time we went on the road, we were in there watching games together. It was instant. I instantly forgot about Boston — the four years, $36 million dollars helped a little bit, too. I didn’t forget about Boston, but I’ma tell how much the organization meant to me in Oklahoma City: When I got traded from there like two years ago, do you know after I got traded, me and Sam (Presti) talked, and (assistantgeneral manager) Troy Weaver and they actually told me to come by the practice facility. And you know we sat in the office and hugged and cried for about 35-40 minutes, all three of us.”
Erik Horne: Kendrick Perkins on @TheVertical on his time in Oklahoma City and his trade: “They crying, I’m crying, because they didn’t want to part. And they said ‘we’ll cross paths.’ The crazy thing about it is even Mr. (Clay) Bennett sent me a long paragraph, which is rare from an owner, sent me a long paragraph thanking me for what I’d done for the organization, and that we will cross paths again, that I’ve been a blessing, that he hates to lose me, that he didn’t want to do it and stuff like that. But I know the business part of it. Sometimes it happens. I got a $9 million dollar contract. ReggieJackson ain’t take the extension, he didn’t wantto be there, so yeah I get thrown in, I know the business. But you never know what opportunity might come up. I didn’t burn no bridges. Everything still was great overthere in Oklahoma City when I left. You always leave those doors open, because you never know.”
Also keep Rudy Gay’s name in mind. He informed the Kings that he likely will opt out of his contract next summer, and a close associate said the Heat appeals to him. Gay has averaged 18.4 points per game in his career, with 750 three-pointers on 34.4 percent shooting.
Gay won’t be the most popular King when opening night rolls around. After quietly asking to be moved during the offseason, Gay made it clear last week that he will opt out of his contract next summer, although he did leave a small window to return to Sacramento. “Personally, I made the decision to opt out,” Gay said. “Whether I sign here, whether I play the rest of the season, whether I even start here, it’s really not up to me. But wherever I am, I’m going to play to the best of my ability and try and do what I can.”