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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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Rockets, Clippers Interested in Andre Iguodala

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Andre Iguodala

The Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers are two teams that are in strong pursuit of Memphis Grizzlies veteran forward Andre Iguodala, according to Stadium’s Shams Charania.

According to the report, the Grizzlies have tried to find a suitable trade partner to ship out Iguodala in the hopes of getting some value back, and have engaged in talks with the Dallas Mavericks and the Denver Nuggets at different points.

In regards to the Rockets, they are still not comfortable with the idea of going deep in the luxury tax just to land Iguodala.

The Clippers appear to be resistant in giving up newly acquired forward Mo Harkless in landing Iguodala.

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Clippers, Mavs, Bulls, Lakers Interested in Patrick Beverley

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Los Angeles Clippers point guard Patrick Beverley will see his fair share of interest as he heads to free agency, and that includes interest from the Clippers as well.

However, Beverley will be seeking to be rewarded for signing with his next team, or staying with the Clippers.

According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, Beverley is looking for a three-year deal worth over $40 million.

Teams such as the Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, and his hometown Chicago Bulls are expected to pursue Beverley in free agency.

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Clippers Interested in Bringing Back Tobias Harris

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The Los Angeles Clipper may very well bring back forward Tobias Harris once free agency kicks off later this week.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Clippers will be interested in bringing Harris back should they fail to land Kawhi Leonard this summer.

Harris was traded from the Clippers to the Philadelphia 76ers at the February trade deadline, and now is set to hit unrestricted free agency where he is likely to land a max contract.

Harris averaged 20.0 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists last season.

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