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Blazers, Clippers Discusses DeAndre Jordan Trade

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The Portland Trail Blazers have engaged in trade talks with the Los Angeles Clippers revolving around big man DeAndre Jordan, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Broderick Turner.

Jordan, who is readily available on the trade market, has been linked to a number of teams such as the Cleveland Cavaliers (who isn’t?) and most of the contending teams in both the East and the West, but Portland is an under-the-radar suitor.

Turner’s report indicated that the Clippers are looking for “a first-round draft pick, financial flexibility and young players” in return for Jordan, similar to how the Blake Griffin/Pistons trade went down last week.

Jordan is averaging 11.6 points, 14.9 rebounds and 1.0 block per game, in what is arguably his best season in his career and adding him to a Portland team that already boasts the likes of Damian Lillard, the up-and-coming Jusuf Nurkic, and the productive CJ McCollum, could vault the Blazers among the Western Conference elite.

Portland is currently sixth in the conference with a 29-23 record as of this writing.

 

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Clippers’ Steve Ballmer Talks New Arena, Tanking, Down Year

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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.

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Clippers Tobias Harris Rejects $80 Million Extension Offer

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Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris has rejected a four-year, $80 million extension offer made by the team, according to TNT’s David Aldridge.

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.

 

 

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Clippers Expected To Keep Milos Teodosic

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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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