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Clippers Rumors: Griffin, Paul, Young, Williams

We already rounded up a series of Tuesday morning Lakers updates, so let's take a look at what's going on with Los Angeles' other team. Here's the latest on the Clippers….


  • Although Mo Williams has expressed a preference to pick up his 2012/13 player option and remain in Los Angeles, GM Neil Olshey isn't ready to take that as gospel yet. "Guys say a lot of things right after the season but I’m sure that [agent] Mark Bartelstein hasn’t really explored all his options yet," Olshey told Eric Pincus of HoopsWorld. "But once those are on the table, Mo will make an informed decision."
  • The Clippers wouldn't mind adding a two guard with some size, and a floor-spacing power forward, or "stretch four."
  • Olshey isn't worried about being able to bring in additional talent: "We’ve got trade exceptions, we’ve got one-year contracts, we’ve got draft picks we can move and the most exciting thing is now we’re a destination."
  • While the Clippers don't figure to have Chauncey Billups' Bird rights, since they claimed him off amnesty waivers, Non-Bird rights will be more than enough if they want to re-sign him — amnesty rules allow the Clips to offer up to 120% total salary, including the amount the Knicks are paying, rather than just 120% of the $2MM+ he's earning in L.A.


  • While the Clippers are expected to offer Blake Griffin a maximum contract extension, it's not a sure thing that Griffin will accept it, says Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld. According to Kyler, Griffin's future in Los Angeles could be tied to Chris Paul's — if Paul is willing to sign a long-term extension, Griffin likely would be too.
  • Unrestricted free agent Nick Young isn't expected to be a Clipper next season. Although Young would like to return, the Clips may not be able to make him a competitive offer.
  • It's not known yet whether Mo Williams will exercise his player option for next season. He almost certainly won't find a 2012/13 salary greater than the $8.5MM the option is worth, but he indicated earlier this season that he wouldn't mind some longer-term security.
  • Vinny Del Negro is expected to meet with owner Donald Sterling this week, with a decision on the coach's job status to come shortly thereafter. The Clips hold a team option on Del Negro for next season.


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4 thoughts on “Clippers Rumors: Griffin, Paul, Young, Williams

  1. Anthony Smith

    Two guard with size = Nick Young
    Floor-spacing power forward = Lamar Odom?

    • Crashyourcrew

      Lamar Odom would be a great choice. He would be happy to be back in Los Angeles regardless.

  2. Undertom

    clips need to pick up Lamar Odom (rerun)
    Still has value… always cared for Lamar
    good second line back up for Blake.

    Either motivate De Andre or trade him for 1st pick
    he was a real let down during play offs.

    Then go after Paul Gasol…….one year rent a vet….still produces 15 x 18 plus a smart player.
    Just a little worn but not worn out.

    We all know who the first pick is: imagine—Paul/Grif/ with him

    Keep Bledso…..he is a gamer

  3. Undertom

    Follow up:
    just imagine, Anthony Davis being mentored by Chauncie Billups:

    Speed, ball movement, defense, offensive powerand one hell of a second line up.


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