Pacific Notes: Clippers, Russell, Jordan

Shelley Sterling found it appealing that Steve Ballmer would put up all of the money in his bid for the Clippers by himself and not as part of an investment group, since it signaled he’d treat the team like family instead of as another asset, writes Ramona Shelburne of “I never wanted to sell it, and we never would’ve sold it,” Sterling said. “But I didn’t want to see it being dismantled. I mean, maybe they wouldn’t even play for the whole year. I didn’t know what the league was going to do. The only thing I knew is that I had to keep the team from being dismantled.

Here’s more from the Pacific Division:

    • Though many mock drafts peg the Lakers to snag a big man with the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft, the team is considering Ohio State guard D’Angelo Russell at that spot as well, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer writes. “For us, we [have] some holes to fill. So it’s not like we only have one need,” coach Byron Scott said. “We have three or four different needs we need to fill. Obviously in this draft, you got two great bigs and you got a great point guard in Russell, as well. We got to wait and see what Minnesota does. So we are going to do our due diligence to bring them in and work them out and go from there.” You can view Hoops Rumors’ full prospect profile for Russell here.
    • With DeAndre Jordan set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and a challenging salary cap situation for the team to navigate, the Clippers have an important decision to make regarding the big man. Amin Elhassan of (Insider subscription required) breaks down the different scenarios for the franchise regarding re-signing Jordan, as well as what could happen if he departs this offseason.

Chuck Myron contributed to this post.

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