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Postby Kobe8Fan on Fri May 10, 2013 11:17 pm

Source: 'Zero Chance' Chris Paul Bypasses Extra Guaranteed Year

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By Marc Stein

Chris Paul has yet to commit to re-signing with the Los Angeles Clippers, but it is considered a probable outcome.

One source said that there are "too many positives" for Paul to remain with the Clippers.

Another source predicted that there's "zero chance" of Paul giving up the fifth year and nearly $30 million in additional guaranteed money.

The Clippers need to improve their roster in order to become a legitimate title contender, and Paul could potentially force his way out via trade after signing a new deal should the pieces not come together.


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Matt Barnes Betting On Chris Paul Re-Signing With Clippers

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Matt Barnes Betting On Chris Paul Re-Signing With Clippers

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By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Matt Barnes is one of six unrestricted free agents on the Los Angeles Clippers roster this off-season, but if he were a betting man, he would wager that Paul would be back with the Clippers, and he hopes the same for himself.

"Chris and I have seen each other a few times after the season and that's something we've discussed," Barnes told the Mason & Ireland Show on ESPNLA 710 on Wednesday. "Not to really get into his business too much, but I think the Clippers are one of his of top teams to say the least and if I was betting guy I would say he would be back with the Clippers next year."

Paul helped recruit Barnes to the Clippers before this season, and Barnes was signed to a one-year contract for the veteran's minimum. Barnes, who had a career season, averaging 10.3 points and 4.6 rebounds, hinted during his exit interview that Paul was again recruiting him to come back to the Clippers. Barnes said he was hoping to do that this summer if were to be given a raise.

"I'm going to sit down and talk to my family and see where the market's at," Barnes said. "I've been one of those guys the last three or four years that's always been a great bargain. I've played for the mid-level and have played well but have yet to see a pay day. Not to say that I'm asking for the world, but I'm definitely looking for a salary increase."

Barnes, who scored 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Game 6 of the Clippers first-round series against the Memphis Grizzlies, said he was open to going elsewhere but his preference would be to stay in Los Angeles.

"I had a great season with the Clippers and my family is very comfortable here in L.A.," Barnes said. "So the Clippers are going to be one of my top choices, but we're looking for a pay increase."

Before signing with the Clippers, Barnes, who played collegiately at UCLA, played two seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers. Barnes said he enjoyed his time with the Lakers but did not have the best relationship with former Lakers coach Mike Brown, which is why he believes he wasn't re-signed by the team last year.

"From what I heard after it ended, Mike Brown didn't want me back," Barnes said. "However true that is but that was from a pretty reliable source that I talked to throughout the year. That was the deciding factor. Mike Brown wanted to go in a different direction and give some of the younger guys a try."

Barnes said he enjoyed his time playing for Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro but wasn't sure if Del Negro would still be the coach after the Clippers' season ended with a first-round exit last week.

"I'm not sure," Barnes said. "After all we accomplished as a team this year to win the division and win the most games in Clippers history, unfortunately the playoffs are when your names are made or broken and to go out in the first round is obviously a disappointment for all of us. Management has a lot of tough decisions this summer."


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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

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Kyle Korver Wants To Sign With Winning Team, Hopes To Play Five More Years

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By Stephen Brotherston
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A professional basketball player heading into his mid-thirties as a free agent is supposed to be on the downside of his career. However, those who have a special skill that isn’t reliant on uber-athleticism are the exception to the rule and three-point shooting specialist Kyle Korver has only gotten better in his thirties.

At 32 years old, Korver is playing some of the best basketball of his career. He is on pace for the most starts in his career. He’s attempting the second-most three-pointers at 5.7 per game and hitting them at 45.6 percent, the second-highest rate in his career and he has made at least one three-point shot in 65 consecutive games (as of Wednesday night in Toronto). Only Reggie Miller (68), Dennis Scott (78), Michael Adams (79) and Dana Barros (89) have recorded longer consecutive three-point shooting streaks in the NBA.

“To be perfectly honest, when we got him a lot of people didn’t think we could use him in the role that we use him in,” Atlanta Hawks head coach Larry Drew said. “I have started him quite a bit, where his whole career has been coming off the bench, but he has shown his durability in being able to start and come off the bench. I don’t see him slowing down. As long as he can put that right arm in there, I think he is going to be out there.”

Somewhat surprisingly, Korver has brought a lot more to Atlanta than just a deadly three-point threat. A true veteran, Korver has contributed in a variety of ways both on and off the court and has earned the respect of his teammates and his coach.

“[Korver] is definitely a threat every time he is on the floor with his ability to shoot the basketball, but guys underestimate his ability to play defense,” Jeff Teague said. “He is a great team defender and he plays hard every night.

“He played for some great coaches prior to playing for us, so some of things he learned from those guys, he brings to this team. One good thing about Coach Drew is he listens to everyone, so if Kyle makes a suggestion, he listens to him. [Korver] has been on winning teams and he knows what it takes to win.”

In his 10th NBA season, Korver is on his fourth NBA team and has learned a thing or two about how to be successful without the raw athleticism that gets many young players into the league. Learning how to take care of your body and preparing for the long grind of the NBA season is a must to survive this long.

“You keep on getting experience. You keep on getting smarter. You learn the little tricks of the trade,” Korver said. “I don’t depend on jumping over people and running by everyone. I stay in great shape and always keep on moving, but I don’t have to necessarily hit a certain speed all the time. I feel the best I have felt in several years. One of things you learn how to do is take care of yourself and that is something I pay a lot of attention to.”

After playing the last two seasons under Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau in Chicago, perhaps Teague’s observations about Korver’s team defense shouldn’t come as a surprise. The three-point specialist has been getting pointers about how to stay in the league from other sources for a long time as well. As the second-round draft pick the Nets sold to the 76ers in 2003, the rookie Korver was an unexpected three-point shooting contest finalist at All-Star weekend and that experience was something to be remembered.

“I talk to a lot of guys like Steve Kerr and Reggie Miller and I remember talking to Ray Allen in my rookie year after the three-point contest,” Korver said. “We are taking a shuttle back to the hotel and he’s like, ‘Our game doesn’t depend on [those] things’ because we were watching the slam dunk contest after us and he said flat out, ‘Our game doesn’t depend on that, we are going to be able to keep playing long after them, probably as long as we take care of ourselves.’ [Allen] is one of the best examples of guys that have taken care of their bodies, every single day putting in the work. You look at him and Steve Nash and Jason Kidd, these guys just keep playing longer and longer and a lot of it is that.”

Korver justifiably believes he still has four or five good years left and like many veterans in their thirties, he wants to spend them with a winning franchise. Based on what he has accomplished this season, Korver has a lot to offer.

“I think I have still got, lord willing and no injuries, four or five good years, but you never know, we’ll see,” Korver said. “At this stage of my career, to be on a bad team, I just don’t want any part of that. It is good to be here. It is always good to be in the playoffs. The playoffs are a whole other world. It is a different game. It is where you make the memories. I want to play in a good culture on a good team.”

Atlanta only has three players under guaranteed contracts next season and Korver is not one of them, but the veteran likes the style of play and how Coach Drew has been using him in the offense, so it wouldn’t come as a surprise if he ended up back in Atlanta. With all of the uncertainty surrounding the Hawks, however, it shouldn’t come as a surprise if he is helping to effectively stretch defenses in his fifth NBA city next season either. Korver has the proven skills and experience needed by every serious playoff contender; he will be a free agent in demand this July.


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Hawks Want To Re-Sign Kyle Korver

Postby Kobe8Fan on Fri May 10, 2013 11:20 pm

Hawks Want To Re-Sign Kyle Korver

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The Atlanta Hawks have let Kyle Korver know that they want to re-sign him in free agency this offseason, and the interest in staying together is mutual.

“They said they would like to work something out, so we’ll talk in July,” Korver said. “I really enjoyed my year here in Atlanta. I enjoyed the team. I enjoyed the organization. I believe (general manager) Danny Ferry is going to do some great things here. I think he has a great opportunity to bring in guys who are going to play fun basketball.

“You know the vision he has. You know the kind of basketball that he likes to watch, and I think he’s going to bring in those types of guys, and I like the same basketball that he likes. So, I’m very open to coming back here.”

Korver, obtained in last offseason's trade with the Chicago Bulls, will become an unrestricted free agent July 1.


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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby THE_DAGGER on Sat May 11, 2013 3:22 am

Guys I would target with the vet min or mmle:

Devin Harris - Been in decline since his sole all star year for the Nets. Can probably still land the mle from a team this offseason. Worth a look if he's willing to entertain what we can offer. Would give us a better change of pace at the back-up pg. At the very least an NBA quality player at that position.

Omri Casspi - Had that decent rookie season with the Kings in 2010. Haven't heard much since being traded to the Cavs. From what I remember he was a 6'9" shooter with some feistiness. Hopefully, he was just another victim of Bryon Scott's dog house similar to Marcus Thorton, who went back to being productive after getting away from Scott.

Austin Daye - Is on the Grizzlies right now and isn't doing much. But, showed some signs in Detroit. Has the potential to be a poor man's Durant with his height, at 6'11", and perimeter skills.

Chase Budinger - Casualty of the emergence of Chandler Parsons on the Rockets. Streaky shooter with some athleticism at the sg/sf position.

Al-Faroug Aminu - Still a very raw player. Athletic and has good size at the sf spot. Ended the season with a 20 rebound game. Maybe being around Kobe and Metta (if he's still here) could help mold him into a serviceable player.

Dorell Wright - Should probably be our main target. Could fill a lot of holes for us if he plays like he did his first year with the Warriors. Can shoot the 3, 6'9", decent athlete, can defend, and has good all round skills.

Welsey Johnson - Similar to Aminu in terms of development. I believe he's a Kobe guy though and that they have the same agent.

Tyreke Evans - Probably the most unrealistic, but would yield the highest rewards if everything panned out. Was rookie of the year in 2010. He looked like the pg version of LeBron at that time. Hasn't played up to that level since for whatever reasons. But, the potential is still there. The Kings would have to decline his qualifying offer for us to have a glimmer of a chance. Even then, he would have to take a pay cut to play with us next season.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Center Court on Sat May 11, 2013 1:46 pm

^^^ Tyreke is never going to happen.

But the list i pretty good.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Armani on Sat May 11, 2013 2:17 pm

JJ Reddick is a legit replacement for Meeks, if we can afford him. He can definitely help relieve Kobe's minutes, too. Solid, clutch playoff performer. Aminu is a pretty good defender @ SF, but can't shoot. Chase Buddinger is the opposite.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Doc Brown on Sat May 11, 2013 2:29 pm

We aren't getting Reddick with the mini-MLE.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Armani on Sat May 11, 2013 2:47 pm

Sign and Trade Magic wand type stuff... Maybe Mitch swings Pau that way and somehow gets Larry Sanders back in a deal, too. :man10:
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby The Rock on Sat May 11, 2013 3:24 pm

Well then
https://twitter.com/mcten/status/333331906970144768

A name to look for the Lakers to pursue this offseason: Francisco Garcia. LAL tried to trade Vujacic for him when Garcia was with SAC


Team option of $6.4 mil. They will probably let him go
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Weezy on Sat May 11, 2013 4:15 pm

I like Garcia, but I don't think he's any better than Blake, so I wouldn't see the point.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Doc Brown on Sat May 11, 2013 4:22 pm

Weezy wrote:I like Garcia, but I don't think he's any better than Blake, so I wouldn't see the point.


Garcia is a SF.
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Postby Weezy on Sat May 11, 2013 4:48 pm

Really? As long as I've seen him I feel like he's played PG or SG, and he's only 6'7 and not the biggest guy, so he seems a little undersized. And again, he's 31, so we'd be staying just as old, he's not what I'd call athletic either. I guess he can shoot, but to me he seems like Barnes with less hustle.
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Postby Rooscooter on Sat May 11, 2013 4:58 pm

^^Garcia is a "wing"..... :man1:
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Center Court on Sat May 11, 2013 7:46 pm

Doc Brown wrote:
Weezy wrote:I like Garcia, but I don't think he's any better than Blake, so I wouldn't see the point.


Garcia is a SF.


Garcia is a Battier type player- little bit meaner.

Great locker room guy, very good defender, can hit the open 3, and would could maybbbee had for the Vet Min. If we can add a quality starting SF Ideal player to get mins at the 2/3 off the bench.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Battle Tested20 on Sat May 11, 2013 11:19 pm

bnr034 wrote:Since Mike Brown is coach of the Cavs... Could we trade D morris to the Cavs??? you know its all about the length :man11: :man10:

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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Battle Tested20 on Sat May 11, 2013 11:24 pm

Center Court wrote:
Doc Brown wrote:
Weezy wrote:I like Garcia, but I don't think he's any better than Blake, so I wouldn't see the point.


Garcia is a SF.


Garcia is a Battier type player- little bit meaner.

Great locker room guy, very good defender, can hit the open 3, and would could maybbbee had for the Vet Min. If we can add a quality starting SF Ideal player to get mins at the 2/3 off the bench.

O man getting him for the vet minimum would be a steal :man13:


well..... maybe not a steal because he's not a truly great player, but for what we need and can afford that would be a great signing
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Pig Miller on Sun May 12, 2013 3:58 pm

Here's my list of guys i think are worth looking at and may come relative cheap.

Dorrell Wright
James Jones
Brandon Rush
CJ Watson
Marco Bellinelli
Daquan Cook
Anthony Morrow

Can Xavier Henry play? Worth taking a flyer on assuming we drop ebanks/morris/etc? His numbers atrocious, but curious if he's worth a spot on the team more than some of our other young guys
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Helljumper on Sun May 12, 2013 6:51 pm

A few years back, Kobe and Garcia got into it while he was still on the Kings. I've never really liked the guy, but after that game, I jokingly thought that we would definitely get Garcia to keep with the trend of going after players who stood up to Kobe (Metta, Barnes).

Anyways, he would be a solid pick-up ... as a last resort. If after trading Pau, we've filled all our roster holes other than back-up SF and only have the mini-MLE/minimum as a tool to fill that spot, then sure. I'd rather go after proven guys with a skillset that we need (shooting) than getting another Ebanks.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby D.B. Cooper on Sun May 12, 2013 7:04 pm

Pig Miller wrote:Here's my list of guys i think are worth looking at and may come relative cheap.

Dorrell Wright
James Jones
Brandon Rush
CJ Watson
Marco Bellinelli
Daquan Cook
Anthony Morrow

Can Xavier Henry play? Worth taking a flyer on assuming we drop ebanks/morris/etc? His numbers atrocious, but curious if he's worth a spot on the team more than some of our other young guys


Nice list. Ifwe're stuck with Gasol, Dantoni should make him a back up C no matter how much he pouts.
Kobe
DH
Gasol
Nash
Clark(only if its a bargain)
Hill
Glock
Blake

GTFO to Morris, Ebanks, Duhon, Jamison, Meeks, MWP. If we can dump Gasol, Blake and Nash I won't be sad.
Wright, Rush, Watson and Robinson intrigue me.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby The Rock on Sun May 12, 2013 7:59 pm

How many guys out there are actually specialist defenders and dont suck on offense ....like 12 to 15? (Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Thabo, Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng, Hinrich, Delfino, Shane Battier, Mario Chalmers, Corey Brewer, Eric Bledsoe, Iman Shumpert, Randy Foye, Avery Bradley, Courtney Lee, Francisco Garcia...Ariza used to be here)...heck even Tony Allen has to be substituted out late in games & during critical stretches...PG/SG/SF is a true skill position on offense we cant have black holes here like in the past...we can get away with that when it comes to PF/C position as they can be used to set screens (Ibaka, Perskins, Haslem, Asik, Nick Collison, Taj Gibson, Chandler, Hansbrough come to mind)

I mean these types of NBA above average defenders are so hard to find...2 way players like Holliday, Conley, Iguodala, Paul George are above average on both ends & can hold their own on Defense but they're stars and we're talking about adding perimeter role players here. Its really hard to find guys who lock up other NBA players & not suck on offense we just need to find players who can hit 3s and hope they play adequate defense (like Sasha did in 2008)...Wright, Morrow, Dunleavy fit the bill IMO

Somene whos sneaky and under the radar is Omri Casspi. Hes very much like Sasha where he gives everything he has and sometimes that can lead to bonehead fouls/T's but at least he brings intensity on D and can hit 3s (35% for his career in 4yrs in SAC/CLE)
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Postby Battle Tested20 on Sun May 12, 2013 9:02 pm

Please no to Omri Casspi. 'You guys thought Sessions folded under pressure. Casspi your right tries really hard but I have never seen him come up big in pressured situations. The bright lights of LA and the expectations here would eat him up.
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby Center Court on Mon May 13, 2013 12:12 am

Battle Tested20 wrote:Please no to Omri Casspi. 'You guys thought Sessions folded under pressure. Casspi your right tries really hard but I have never seen him come up big in pressured situations. The bright lights of LA and the expectations here would eat him up.



What pressure have you seen him under?

Casspi is feisty, big, long, defends VERY well, brings intensity and is decent at hitting the open shot.

Vet Min- YES PLEASE.

The one thing this free agent class has is plenty of quality wing bench players. All for different reasons but all good. C Brewer, R Brewer, Morrow, Wright, Garcia, Casspi, James Johnson, Henry, Aminu, Wes Johnson, Budinger, Dunleav, Foye.

All would be good fits for different reasons. Max those guys (some) will the the MLE, most a portion, and some minimum.

Doesn't mean that they become the savior of our team, but they become part of a team this is severely lacking in that category: shooting, youth, energy, defense, and athleticism.

This off seaoson comes down to trade options. Unless Korver or Jack want to sign here for cheap, free agency alone isn't going to drastically improve us. What can Pau bring back? Does Blake have any value? Do we trade Jordan Hill and replace him with cheap vets like Turiaf?
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby The Rock on Mon May 13, 2013 12:25 am

For veteran's minimum why not?? Beggars cant be choosers!
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Re: Roster Improvement: Free Agents Now and Later?

Postby WilliamHaven on Mon May 13, 2013 1:04 am

Garcia hasn't played close to a full season in 5-6 years
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