Steve Ballmer Rumors

He is likely to command at least triple his current $6 million salary this summer, which, as it stands now, would push the Clippers into the luxury tax. While Harrell embodies the hard-nosed ethos owner Steve Ballmer grew to admire as a Detroit Pistons fan in his youth, the prospect of having him leave for nothing in return or being financially handcuffed for the foreseeable future could influence the Clippers’ deadline strategy, several opposing executives say.
Storyline: Montrezl Harrell Free Agency
As the president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Clippers, the Teaneck native and former New Jersey Nets head coach is playing a significant role in the transformation of the NBA landscape in Los Angeles, working for an owner he reveres in Steve Ballmer and alongside close friend and head coach Doc Rivers. Together they guided the Clippers out of a dark period and into a run of sustained success. Now the Clippers, after a summer that included signing Kawhi Leonard and trading for Paul George, are one of the top teams in the Western Conference and a contender for the franchise’s first NBA championship.
Anderson watched the Clippers overcome a 15-point deficit to win in front of a sold-out crowd of 18,997 fans at Staples Center. Leonard scored a game-high 35 points and has been the star of the two games so far, not James or Davis. Clippers guard Patrick Beverley made a key defensive play in the end to thwart a late James 3-pointer attempt. The Clippers also won the first regular-season meeting between the teams, 112-102, sans George, on opening night. “It’s the Steve Ballmer-era. No egos. It’s our time. June 2020, let’s go,” said longtime superfan Clipper Darrell via text. “It feels so good to be a Clippers fan.”
Jamal Crawford, the NBA’s three-time sixth man of the year, played for the Clippers under both regimes. He sent WUSA9 a video Monday thanking Ballmer for not just his generosity but his social conscience. “You’ve always cared about the right things in life,” Crawford says into his iPad camera. “Even as the years went on, you didn’t just care about things pertaining to what your interests might be. You care about everybody, and that says a lot. Keep doing the work you’re doing and I’m proud to call you a friend.”
The California Air Resources Board has granted fast-track approval to a proposed $1.2 billion Los Angeles Clippers arena in Inglewood that should allow the project to be finished in time for a 2024 basketball season. After nearly a year of back-and-forth negotiations, CARB determined last week that the project will not result in a net increase in greenhouse gases and, thus, qualifies for special protections from environmental lawsuits that could otherwise stall construction for years.
Storyline: New Clippers Arena