The Los Angeles Clippers would like to keep veteran guard Lou Williams on the roster for the long-term and are currently negotiating a contract extension with him, according to Yahoo Sports Shams Charania.
The talks come on the heels of Williams’ brilliant performance against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, where he went off for 50 points.
Williams is in the final year of a three-year, $21 million deal he signed back in 2015.
Williams, whose name has been mentioned in trade rumors, is hoping he can stay with the team for the future.
“Honestly, I hope not” Williams said of the trade speculation, according to Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.
“I’m putting my heart and soul into this basketball team with all the injuries that we’ve had and for us to still have an opportunity to be competitive. I would like to find a home here. I’m starting to bond with these guys. So hopefully this is where I am at the end of the year.”
Mark Jackson Believes Clippers Should Retire Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan Jerseys
ESPN TV analyst Mark Jackson strongly believes that the Los Angeles Clippers need to honor former players Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan by retiring their jerseys when their respective careers come to the end.
Mark Jackson wants the Clippers to retire the jerseys of Blake Griffin, DeAandre Jordan, & Chris Paul… A troika who played 6 years together & never got past the 2nd round.— Justin Termine (@TermineRadio) January 10, 2019
Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari Hoping Milos Teodosic Stays with Team
Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari is hoping that the team will be able to keep his teammate, guard Milos Tedosic, long-term and is hoping Tedosic decides to stay.
“Milos has been playing more minutes lately and he has played very well for us every time he has played,” Gallinari said, according to EuroHoops.
“We can use him more and more, so I’m hopeful that he will stay with us. He’s a great guy and we have a very good relationship. So, hopefully, he can stay with us for the whole season.”
Tedosic has expressed an interest in returning to Europe, which has placed a cloud of uncertainty over his future with the Clippers, and in the NBA.
“I think I definitely won’t stay here because… I came, I saw how it looks and somehow… I enjoy more and it’s nicer for me to play in Europe. So, I will return to Europe for sure, will it be during this season or at the end, we’ll see.” Teodosic said, during an interview with Glas Amerike.
Despite Gallinari’s plea, it may not be in the cards for either party to continue their relationship as Teodosic has fallen out of the rotation.
Clippers Patrick Beverley Ejected for Tossing Ball at Fan
Beverley claims that the fan told him to “f–k your mother,” which led him to bouncing the ball at him.
“I told the referee, I told the security,” Beverley said, according to ESPN. “I mean, I’ve never gotten ejected out of a game since I’ve been in the NBA. You know, I play hard, I play within the lines, of course. I play within the rules, of course. I’ve never been ejected in my career in the NBA, but I’m a grown man. I have morals. Of course, God is first, family is second for me, and I stand firmly behind that.
— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) December 3, 2018
“I just, I can accept the ‘F–k you, Beverley,’ the ‘F–k you, Pat,’ but out of the lines of my mother, anybody who knows me, man, knows I’m a family-first guy, and there’s some things that are unacceptable. After I told the refs, I told security, the Dallas security, told both of them and again, he said it again. So if no one going to control fans, what are we supposed to do as players?”
“This has happened to me twice,” Beverley said. “It happened to me in OKC. A fan can just walk up on me and clap in my face. It happened to me here after I tried to handle it in a different way. I let the ref know, the ref said, ‘Keep playing.’ I get on a loose ball, have a guy dive from the 3-point line to jump on me, and then a guy says it again while security is there, so there’s only so much you can take.
“Of course, I’m not praising me getting kicked out of a game. But I have morals, and I will stand for my morals, and family is important to me, and that’s one of the morals I stand for.”
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