Pacific Notes: Lakers, Clippers, Karl, Kings

It was reported earlier this year that Chauncey Billups would retire if he didn't re-sign with the Clippers, but the veteran guard made it very clear today that he's definitely returning next season and will consider other clubs.  When asked if he would consider taking his talents to South Beach, the 36-year-old answered in the affirmative and indicated that he is "wide open" to possibilities this summer.  Here's more out of the Pacific..

  • Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times explains the decisions facing the Lakers on possible qualifying offers for the team's four potential restricted free agents.  Pincus' educated guess has Robert Sacre and Darius Morris back next season, Andrew Goudelock as a maybe, and Devin Ebanks seeking employment elsewhere.
  • Brian Shaw is rumored to be the Clippers' top head coaching candidate, but Jovan Buha of doesn't rank the Pacers assistant among his choices for the top three best fits for the L.A. job.  The three best candidates in terms of potential and fit are George Karl, Jeff Van Gundy, and Lionel Hollins, Buha writes.
  • A bankruptcy judge approved the sale of 7% of the Kings to new majority owner Vivek Ranadive, turning back a last-minute bid by limited partner Bob Cook to buy the share back, writes Dale Kasler of the Sacramento Bee.  The purchase of the share, formerly owned by Cook, means Ranadive and his partners will now control 72% of the club.  

Luke Adams contributed to this post.

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