Okay, so the headline may seem a little contradictory, but it’s accurate. The Los Angeles Clippers are taking calls regarding the availability of center DeAndre Jordan, who has been receiving praise for the job he is doing with the team.
Jordan has been commended by the organization for keeping composed despite the nonstop trade rumors and despite Blake Griffin’s injury.
“We’ve got to stick with it and find a way to keep this ship afloat while these guys get healthy,” Jordan told Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports. “I’ll let (the front office) handle what they handle. That’s out of my control, so I’ll focus on what I can control.”
“Like I said, I’m happy being here and you know, we’ll see what happens. If they come to me and they want to talk about (a possible trade), we can talk about it, you know? I don’t believe nothing in this league until it happens.”
Obviously, a part of this is to increase Jordan’s value on the trade market, a market the Clippers are shopping Jordan in, listening to all calls, according to Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports.
Clippers’ Steve Ballmer Talks New Arena, Tanking, Down Year
The Los Angeles Clippers appear to be headed for a rough season but team owner Steve Ballmer rejects the idea that the team is going to be in tank mode, or that the team will simply accept a losing season.
“That ain’t us. Nuh-uh, no way,” Ballmer said toClippers’ season ticket holders and fans, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Helene Elliot.
“People can do it their way. We’re going to be good our way. We’re not going to show up and suck for a year, two years. I think we got higher expectations on us than the long, hard five, six years of absolute crap like the 76ers put in. How could we look you guys in the eye if we did that to you?”
Naturally, the Clippers need to talk the talk in with season ticket owners and fans, they have a business to run, but Ballmer was not reserved about his intentions to move the Clippers out of the Staples Center, where they currently share a home with the Los Angeles Lakers.
“We’re moving to Inglewood come hell or high water,” he said of a proposed arena near the site of the stadium being constructed for the NFL’s Rams and Chargers. “We gotta have a house. So we’re working on a plan to get our own house. We want to get our own house. It turns out the way this works in L.A., which is much beloved to me, that if you start now you might be done in six years.”
Although Ballmer is determined to move out of the Staples Center, he has no intentions of leaving Los Angeles.
“I love L.A. I also love my wife, by the way, but I love L.A. and I don’t want there to be any mistake about it. We want to be part of the fabric of this community” Ballmer said.
Clippers Tobias Harris Rejects $80 Million Extension Offer
Harris will play out final year of his current deal and become an unrestricted free agent next summer, when he’ll be eligible for a 5 year/$188M max deal from the Clippers or a 4 year/$145.5 contract from another team.
Harris averaged 19.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game over 32 games for the Clippers last season.
Clippers Expected To Keep Milos Teodosic
Despite a loaded backcourt the Los Angeles Clippers are expected to keep Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Broderick Turner.
Teodosic exercised a $6.3-million player option last month which led to speculation that the Clippers might move him, but the deadline to waive him passed on Sunday and he is now guaranteed $2.1M of his salary.
Teodosic averaged 9.5 points and 4.6 assists per game last season.
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