Western Notes: Clippers, Billups, Blazers

The judge in the trial to determine whether Shelly Sterling has the right to sell the Clippers to Steve Ballmer put the proceedings on hold until later this month at the request of Donald Sterling’s lawyers, as Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles.com details. Still, it’s likely that Ballmer will move back a July 15th deadline to finalize the sale, Markazi adds. Shelly Sterling said in testimony Thursday that her husband asked her to sell the team when it became apparent the league would seize control of it otherwise. Donald Sterling has said he has no intention of selling the team and has vowed a lifelong legal fight against the NBA.

More from the west:

  • Chauncey Billups engaged in a “wide-ranging” discussion with Nuggets president Josh Kroenke and GM Tim Connelly recently in Denver, though it’s not clear whether they talked about a playing role or a front office job, as Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post reports.
  • Blazers GM Neil Olshey said Thursday that he doesn’t anticipate making another offseason move, as The Oregonian’s Joe Freeman observes. Freeman doesn’t mention the fate of Mo Williams, who remains unsigned, though agent Mark Bartelstein told Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com this week that there was still a chance that Williams would re-sign with Portland.
  • Pau Gasol‘s interest in returning to the Lakers was contingent upon Carmelo Anthony coming to Los Angeles, tweets Mark Medina of The Los Angeles Daily News . Now that the Lakers have used up their available cap space, it’s likely that Gasol’s days with the team are at an end.

Chuck Myron contributed to this post.

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3 thoughts on “Western Notes: Clippers, Billups, Blazers

  1. Z....

    seems odd that Portland would sign Steve Blake and just be “done.” They must have a lot of faith in growth from Thomas Robinson and especially CJ McCollum. Even so…

  2. rxbrgr

    I’m guessing that Portland has yet to renounce Mo Williams’ rights/cap hold? If so, they still hold his non-bird rights and can sign him for 120% of last year’s room exception salary for up to four years. And if Williams still wants a 3-yr deal, then he could get 3 yrs and $10m from Portland. There may not be many better offers out there. And undoubtedly Portland would prefer him on the roster over Claver or Crabbe whom they could stretch/waive, right?


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