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Zach Lowe of ESPN stated during a recent podcast that he believes the Spurs could be a legitimate option for Chris Paul as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

"There's been a lot of rumblings about Paul, and I think that's real," Lowe said of CP3 potentially joining the Spurs as a free agent. "I think there's mutual interest there. I don't know how real it is given the Clippers can offer a gigantic amount of money and are also a really good team; and the Spurs, like I said, have no sort of cap flexibility to get there. I'm very curious about what they do this summer and who's on the team next year." If Paul wants to chase a ring, his best shot of realizing that goal may be in San Antonio, but he'd have to take a pay cut to make it work.
Source: ESPN
Wed, May 24, 2017 10:19:00 AM

Marreese Speights has officially opted out of his contract with the Clippers.

This was expected. It was an easy decision for Speights, as he was set to make just $1.4 million next season. He averaged 8.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.5 blocks and 1.3 treys in 15.7 minutes per game in 2016-17. As an unrestricted free agent this summer, he will likely be able to land a deal for around $5 million annually.
Tue, May 23, 2017 12:06:00 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical said that the 76ers appear to be the favorites to sign J.J. Redick.

A return to the Clippers seems unlikely, as they won't have much financial flexibility if they re-sign Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to max deals. Redick is seeking $18-$20 million per season according to recent reports, and Philly has more than enough cap space to make that happen. Redick will be 33 in June, but he's coming off another strong season with averages of 15.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.6 triples on 44.5 percent shooting. Wojnarowski added that the Nets and Knicks are also interested in the veteran SG.
Thu, May 18, 2017 12:36:00 PM

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said that Blake Griffin (toe) is doing well.

"He’s doing well," Rivers said. "The surgery went better than we thought." Griffin had surgery on May 1, but the Clippers still haven't provided a timetable for his return. The Clippers are expected to offer Griffin and Chris Paul max deals this summer, and Griffin could be looking at a deal for five years and $130 million if he wants to remain in Los Angeles. The 28-year-old forward averaged 21.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.6 triples on 49.3 percent shooting in 2016-17, but his durability is a concern -- he's averaging just 54 games played over the past three seasons.
Source: WBT
Thu, May 4, 2017 12:05:00 PM

Doc Rivers said the Clippers will prioritize players with some length in free agency.

"We need more length and two-way players," Rivers said. "Again, that's easy to say. Little harder to do with the way our contracts are. We may continue to do what we've done or we may decide to change our contracts and have more flexibility." With Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Luc Mbah a Moute, J.J. Redick, Marreese Speights, Raymond Felton and Alan Anderson all hitting the open market this summer, the Clippers could look a lot different in 2017-18. However, if they are able to re-sign CP3 and Griffin to max deals, it's not going to be easy to bring in the quality role players that Doc desires with very little financial flexibility.
Source: WBT
Thu, May 4, 2017 11:56:00 AM

Blake Griffin had successful surgery on Monday to repair his plantar plate injury in his right big toe.

The Clippers should provide another update in the near future, but there's no report of a timetable yet. The Clippers are going to make it a priority to re-sign both Griffin and and Chris Paul this summer to max deals, so the All-Star forward will likely have to turn down a five-year, $130 million offer he wants to leave Los Angeles.
Mon, May 1, 2017 08:53:00 PM

Marreese Speights is expected to decline his player option for 2017-18.

It's a no-brainer for Speights, as he's going to opt out of a deal that would only pay him $1.4 million next season. The 29-year-old veteran averaged 8.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.5 blocks and 1.3 triples in 15.7 minutes per game, and he is reportedly looking for a mid-level deal that will start around $8.4 million per season.
Mon, May 1, 2017 12:10:00 PM

J.J. Redick could get a deal from another team for $18-$20 million per season according to the Los Angeles Times.

Several outlets are reporting that the Clippers are determined to re-sign both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to max deals, so there won't be any room left for Redick if that's the case. Even though he faded in Games 6 and 7 of the playoffs, Redick had a strong regular season with averages of 15.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.6 triples on 44.5 percent shooting. He will be 33 years old in June, but Redick appears to have a lot of gas left in the tank.
Mon, May 1, 2017 12:04:00 PM

According to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times, the Clippers are hoping to re-sign Blake Griffin to a max deal in addition to Chris Paul.

This comes on the heels of a report by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical that the Clippers are "committed" to re-signing Blake. The Clippers have to like their chances, as they can offer the All-Star forward $175 million over five years, while other teams can only offer around $130 million over four years. He appeared in 61 games in 2016-17, averaging 21.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.6 triples on 49.3 percent shooting. Griffin is currently on the East Coast getting his toe looked at, so we should get an update on his health in the near future.
Mon, May 1, 2017 11:54:00 AM

According to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times, the Clippers are hoping to re-sign Chris Paul to a maximum deal.

CP3 is fully expected to decline his $24.2 million player option for 2017-18 in order to test free agency. He has plenty of incentive to remain in Los Angeles, as he could get a five-year deal worth about $205 million with the Clippers compared to a four-year deal worth about $152 million for any other team. Chris Paul will turn 32 this month, but he averaged 18.1 points, 9.2 dimes, 5.0 boards, 2.0 triples, 1.9 steals and 2.4 turnovers this season and returned top-10 value in standard fantasy leagues.
Mon, May 1, 2017 11:46:00 AM

Paul Pierce played his final NBA game on Sunday, finishing the Clippers' loss to Utah with six points on 2-of-4 shooting, one 3-pointer, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 22 minutes.

"I gave every ounce I could, each and every day," Pierce said after the game. "And I have no regrets, even to the last day." Pierce exceeded 20 minutes once during the 2016-17 regular season, but he hit that mark three times in the playoffs as coach Doc Rivers leaned on him with Blake Griffin (toe) unavailable. Pierce finishes with career averages of 19.7 points, 1.6 threes, 5.6 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.6 blocks. He was the Finals MVP during the Celtics' championship season in 2008, made the All-Star team 10 times, and is a guaranteed first-ballot Hall of Famer.
Sun, Apr 30, 2017 07:19:00 PM

Jamal Crawford put up 20 points, four boards, three assists, one triple and one turnover in 32 minutes off the bench during Sunday's 104-91 Game 7 loss to Utah.

Crawford came alive during the fourth quarter of action, scoring 14 of his 20 points while posting a usage rate of 34.3, but ultimately, the end result was yet another first-round exit for Los Angeles. He's due roughly $28.7 million over the next two seasons, but it wouldn't be shocking to see him traded elsewhere during the offseason if the Clippers decide to blow things up. As for fantasy hoops, Crawford is past his prime and won't be worth drafting in most leagues next year.
Sun, Apr 30, 2017 06:48:00 PM

DeAndre Jordan went 9-of-12 from the field and 6-of-15 from the stripe during Sunday's Game 7 loss to Utah, on his way to 24 points, 17 rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 40 minutes.

Jordan had his double-double by halftime, and he double-doubled in every game for the Clippers during their first-round series. If you discount the horrendous free throw shooting, Jordan posted first-round value during the 2016-17 season with averages of 12.7 points, 13.8 boards and 1.7 swats per contest on 71.4 percent shooting, but he might not be quite as efficient next year if Chris Paul elects to leave as a free agent.
Sun, Apr 30, 2017 06:41:00 PM

Austin Rivers went 4-of-12 from the field in Sunday's Game 7 loss to the Jazz, on his way to nine points, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and two turnovers in 38 minutes.

Rivers perhaps was a bit too comfortable jacking up contested shots in this one, and while he did do a decent job defensively against Gordon Hayward, his inability to have a positive impact on the offensive end was a major issue for Los Angeles. As a side note, with the Game 7 loss, the Clippers became the first team in NBA history to blow a series lead in five straight postseasons, so it'll be interesting to see what happens with J.J. Redick, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin during free agency.
Sun, Apr 30, 2017 06:40:00 PM

J.J. Redick attempted just five shots through 22 minutes of play during Sunday's Game 7 loss, making one of them and finishing with one 3-pointer, two rebounds and one turnover.

Redick attempted just three shots through the first three quarters, and had just two attempts through the fourth quarter of action, so his no-show performance couldn't have come at a worse time for Los Angeles. That being said, he’s going to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and as one of the elite 3-point bombers in the league, he should have no shortage of suitors. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin's free agency will likely dictate what Redick decides to do this summer.
Sun, Apr 30, 2017 06:34:00 PM

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