PLAYA VISTA, CA - DECEMBER 15: Vice president of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey speaks at a press conference introducing Chris Paul as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers on December 15, 2011 at the Los Angeles Clippers Training Center in Playa Vista, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Neil Olshey Leaves Clippers, Becomes Portland Trail Blazers GM

Los Angeles Clippers general manager Neil Olshey is getting interviewed by the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Blake Griffin Says Clippers 'Not Worried About Just The Lakers'

A man who found his Los Angeles Clippers in the same situation of hype last offseason, forward Blake Griffin knows that the revamped Los Angeles Lakers aren't the only team his team will need to worry about.

Griffin acknowledged that adding Steve Nash and Dwight Howard to the Lakers looks solid in theory, but he also told The Oklahoman that what looks good on paper only draws attention away from the other NBA contenders.

"I think there's a lot of tough teams in the Western Conference. There's one right here (in Oklahoma City) that the Lakers have to get over," Griffin said. "The Spurs have been a good team for the past 500 years. And I think we're preparing for that. So that's kind of what you expect people to do. You expect them to hand out the trophy in the middle of the summer. So we're not worried about that. We're not worried about just the Lakers."

Griffin has firsthand experience that the roster resume is only the beginning to going deep in the playoffs. Chris Paul joined the Clippers last year, causing expectations to rise. But the Spurs swept the Clippers in the second round of the playoffs.

The Clippers themselves have made solid rosters updates this offseason by bringing on Lamar Odom, Grant Hill and Jamal Crawford. However it's sliced, the Lakers won't have it easy.

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Clippers Promote Gary Sacks To VP Of Basketball Operations

Gary Sacks has been promoted internally to become the new vice president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Lamar Odom Traded To L.A. Clippers

Mo Williams exercised his $8.5 million player option on Friday, which cleared the way for a three-team trade to go through, sending Williams to the Jazz, Lamar Odom to the L.A. Clippers, and Utah will send the trade exception it received in the Mehmet Okur trade to the Mavericks..

With the move, Odom returns to the Clippers team that originally drafted him No. 4 overall in 1999. He started out strong for the Clips, averaging 16.4 points as a rookie and 16.6 points his second season, but left to join the Miami Heat in 2003-04. After one year in Miami, Odom joined the Lakers and played there till the 2010-11 season, winning the Sixth Man of the Year award. He sought and receiving a trade to Dallas this season and after a sub-par performance for the Mavs in 2011-12, Odom returns to his home base of L.A. He'll join a talented Clippers offensive front court that also includes Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.

Dallas had faced a Friday deadline (that had been moved to Saturday) on a $2.4 million buyout of Odom's $8.2 million option for next season but with this move L.A. inherits his entire contract.

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Lamar Odom Rumors: Utah Jazz Emerge As Third Team In Clippers Deal

The Los Angeles Clippers are looking for a way to bring Lamar Odom back to the team that drafted him, but will likely need a third team to make a deal happen. Well, according to a report from ESPN's Marc Stein, the Utah Jazz have emerged as a possible third party to make this deal a go.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Jazz are willing to take on Mo Williams in a three-team trade scenario that would send Odom to the Clippers and enable the Mavericks to shed Odom's salary without taking back any salary.

The ball now is now in Williams' court. The trade cannot be completed unless Williams agrees to invoke his $8.5 million player option for next season by Saturday's deadline, which means that the 29-year-old is essentially deciding if he wants to return to the Jazz where he began his career in 2003-04 -- or test free agency this summer.

Having your future put in the hands of another player is certainly not the best case scenario, but any scenario in which Lamar gets back to L.A. and the Mavs can wipe their hands of Odom's tenure there would be one were pursuing. Now we'll wait and see what Williams' next move is.

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Lamar Odom Rumors: Clippers Interested In Possible Deal With Mo Williams

According to a report from the Los Angeles Times Broderick Turner, the Los Angeles Clippers are interested in bringing back former Clipper Lamar Odom as part of a deal for point guard Mo Williams, and could be getting a deal done sooner than later.

The Clippers have had conversations with the Dallas Mavericks about bringing back forward Lamar Odom to the team that drafted him, according to several people who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

The Clippers would trade Mo Williams to the Mavericks for Odom, the people said, but Dallas wants L.A. to get a third team involved before discussions can continue.

Dallas has a Friday deadline to buy out the final year of Odom's $8.2-million contract for $2.4 million. Williams would be paid $8.5 million in the final year of his contract, so the deal would work under the collective bargaining agreement.

Odom spent much of last season not playing basketball after behavior problems and other injuries kept him off the court for most of the year, while played lackluster ball when he was in uniform. Hopefully a move back to L.A. could spark his fire once again.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Lamar Odom Could Be Dealt To Clippers

The trade rumors always fly left and right leading up to the NBA Draft each summer, and it appears the Los Angeles Clippers may be active this time around. The team is looking to take that next step in the Western Conference by adding a veteran player or two; could that player be Lamar Odom of the Dallas Mavericks?

According to this report from Marc Stein of ESPN, the Clippers are eyeing Odom in a potential deal to bring the forward back to SoCal in the near future. Here are a few more details.

The Los Angeles Clippers have engaged in trade discussions to bring Lamar Odom back to the L.A. team that drafted him, according to sources close to the situation.

Yet the deal, sources said, could hinge on the willingness of a third team to take on the contract of Clippers veteran guard Mo Williams, which would allow the Dallas Mavericks to send Odom to the Clippers with no significant money coming back to the Mavericks.

With a Friday deadline looming for the Mavericks to buy out the final year of Odom's contract for $2.4 million, Dallas officials have green-lighted Odom's agent, Jeff Schwartz, to try to find a new home for Odom this week via trade. The Mavericks and Schwartz also have discussed pushing the deadline back into July if an Odom trade can't be struck before Friday.

The Mavericks' interest in an Odom deal, though, is purely to gain financial flexibility, which likely necessitates a third team to take on Williams.

Odom could be a nice fit with the Clippers and certainly has the veteran experience that could prove big for the team next year, but he would not come cheap and unloading Williams on a different team would not be easy. Williams has a player option worth $8.5 million for next year, and one would have to think the veteran guard would decide to accept it due to the obvious financial implications.

It does not look like any deal is imminent, but this will definitely be a story to keep an eye on in the coming days.

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Mo Williams Rumors: Clippers PG Expected To Opt In, May Become Trade Bait

When healthy, Mo Williams was a vital component for the Los Angeles Clippers in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 NBA season. The point guard saw his role reduced with the arrival of superstar Chris Paul, but Williams remained a serious threat and clutch scorer off the bench as the Clippers made their playoff run.

The 2012-13 season would be the final year of Williams' contract. Williams has the ability to opt out, but has stated he does not plan on doing so. Eric Pinkus of HoopsWorld believes that Williams will indeed end up opting in and would then become back of a potential trade package. Pinkus explains:

Re: Mo Williams - I'm going with the assumption that he sticks true to his word and opts in with the Clippers (if he hasn't already). Once he does - he's clearly trade bait [ ... ]. I'm not sure what else LA is willing to give up outside of expiring contracts. It would - and should - take a LOT to pry Eric Bledsoe away from the Clippers. I wouldn't do it for a high pick in this draft (cept #1). Without Mo Clippers can be a cap team. With, they need to tread a finer line with salary.

Fans will likely be sad to see Williams go, but if it means the team has a better chance at retaining Paul and returning as a stronger team, most Clippers supporters will gladly take that option.

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Chauncey Billups Rumors: Clippers PG Likes L.A., Wouldn't Want To Return To Denver Nuggets

One of the biggest concerns for the Los Angeles Clippers is how they're going to be able to keep together their talented roster. One of the most important players is Clippers point guard Chauncey Billups. Billups has reiterated how much he enjoys Los Angeles and would like to stick around.

Billups is willing to test free agency though. And one of the most interesting tidbits is how Billups would like to avoid a reunion in Denver. Christopher Dempsey of the Denver Post had this to report.

Billups didn't rule out a return to the Clippers, but is clearly eager to see what awaits him when the free-agency period starts in July.

"I liked Clipperland. I liked the movement," Billups said. "I thought before I got hurt we really had fun and were playing great. I liked it a lot, but of course I would be crazy not to entertain any other offers that I might have. That's the fun of being a free agent."

And though his heart is in Denver, there will be no return to the Nuggets, a team that has traded him twice already in his career.

"I'll say this: Me and (team president) Josh (Kroenke) are cool," Billups said. "I'm good with everybody. But I can't see me, basketball-wise, playing in Denver again. What do you want me to do? They traded me two times. Want me to give them a third opportunity? My years there were great. We accomplished some great things. And they are looking good. ... I had some great years there, and I'm always going to live there, but I can't see that."

It'll be interesting to see what type of role Billups accepts with Los Angeles. Is he willing to be a backup point guard, or can he handle a whole season trying to be a converted two guard for the stretches where he and Chris Paul are both on the floor? It could be the biggest impediment for Billups coming back and might make him look elsewhere for more playing time as the primary point guard.

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2012 Clippers Offseason: Chris Paul Prepares For Olympics, Health Is Improving

A disappointing sweep at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs had the Los Angeles Clippers starting their offseason much quicker than they had hoped after acquiring the services of All-NBA First Team point guard Chris Paul.

But Paul hasn't sat on his hands.

Instead, Paul has already returned to the Clippers' practice facility to get work done on groin and hip injuries that became more and more of a problem as the playoffs went along, eventually rendering him powerless to stop a surging Tony Parker during the Spurs series.

Here's what Paul told Clippers.com:

"I'm feeling a lot better," Paul said. "Our training staff, to me, is the best in the league and as soon as the season was over we did a few things to get me back right."

Paul is still scheduled to join Team USA in Las Vegas on July 6 to start preparing for the Olympics.

"I'm going to enjoy it," Paul said. "Expectations are always high. And we set expectations for ourselves. This right here will probably be my last Olympics, so I'm going to go out there and cherish it and enjoy it."

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Ray Allen Rumors: Clippers A Possible Landing Spot?

The Boston Celtics have had a great run with their 'big four' of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen, but the sun may be setting on the fantastic four as rumors are swirling that Ray Allen may take off for greener pastures.

According to a report from Pro Bastball Talk, the Los Angeles Clippers may be one of the top candidates to vie for his services this summer:

If the Celtics don't pan out for Allen, Sports Illustrated's NBA writer Chris Mannix was told that the Knicks and Heat are at the top of his list. But a source very familiar with Allen's situation told ESPNNewYork.com that the Heat, as well as potentially the Clippers, will be more attractive to the five-time All-Star in the offseason because they're top teams that can offer more than the veteran's minimum of $1.4 million. That will likely be the Knicks' spending limit for free agents.

This is an interesting scenario that will have to pan out as the summer goes on, but the Clip Show would certainly love to have one of the most prolific shooters of all time on their squad next year.

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Chauncey Billups Rumors: Clippers Guard Wants To Return To L.A.

The Los Angeles Clippers have a host of decisions they need to make this offseason. One of them will be about whether the Clips can hold onto their players who will be free agents. Chauncey Billups, Reggie Evans, Randy Foye, Kenyon Martin, Nick Young, Mo Williams, all of them are unrestricted. The Clippers will need to do a lot to ensure everyone comes back.

One interesting tidbit comes courtesy of former general manager Neil Olshey regarding Billups's status. Eric Pincus of HoopsWorld had this to report.

The Clippers were very good with Billups as their secondary point guard with Chris Paul, and could very well have taken the next step as a franchise and gotten further if he had been healthy for the playoffs.

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Clippers GM Rumors: Los Angeles Looking At Kiki Vandeweghe?

Kiki Vandeweghe only played one season with the Los Angeles Clippers back during the 1992-93 campaign, but is not possibly joining the Clip Show in a new fashion as CBS Sports' Ken Berger is reporting that the former Denver Nuggets and New Jersey Nets front office executive is a possible candidate to replace GM Neil Olshey for the same position.

Clippers president Andy Roeser noted in a statement released by the team on Monday that the search for Olshey's replacement is already a work in progress. Vandeweghe hasn't worked with an NBA team for a few years now as he was let go from the Nets after the sale to Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov in 2010 where he was serving as GM and head coach for a while.

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Clippers Were Willing To Match Blazers' Deal For Neil Olshey

As more details come out about the departure of former Clippers general manager Neil Olshey to the Portland Trail Blazers, it's become more clear that Olshey just wanted a change and there wasn't anything the Clippers could do about it.

According to a tweet from Chris B. Haynes, Olshey agreed to a three-year deal with a team option for a fourth with the Blazers. The Clippers were willing to match the offer. Olshey still took the Blazers gig.

Olshey leaves at an important time for the Clippers as they come off one of their most successful seasons with major signings and moves on the horizon. All-Star power forward Blake Griffin could become a free agent during the summer of 2013 but all signs point towards him looking to lock up an extension with the club this summer if he can. According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Olshey's departure has not changed that.

Olshey had been with the Clippers for nine years working in both the front office and as an assistant coach.

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Blake Griffin Rumors: Clippers PF Will Seek Extension Despite Neil Olshey Departure

The departure of Los Angeles Clippers general manager Neil Olshey could really cause a lot of consternation this offseason. There are two key players that could be in trouble this season. One of them is their impressive power forward All-Star Blake Griffin, who figures to be a great player. Griffin could be the franchise player the Clippers rely on for the next decade, but the departure of general manager Neil Olshey could possibly complicate matters.

ESPN seems to feel comfortable that the managerial change won't do any damage to Griffin's relationship with the Clippers. Marc Stein seems to believe that Griffin will continue to seek a contract extension this summer rather than waiting for free agency next summer. This would be a real bright spot for the Clippers after what appears to be a rather rash decision to let Olshey go, as it might convince Chris Paul to stick around too once he becomes a free agent.

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Chris Paul Rumors: Clippers PG Probably Displeased With Neil Olshey Leaving

Los Angeles Clippers general manager Neil Olshey was responsible for bring Chris Paul to L.A. He swung the deal that brought Paul to a team that was able to contend in the Western Conference. And now he's gone! You have to imagine Paul has to be pleased with this turn of events.

No he's not. Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated had this to say about CP3 must feel about Olshey's departure.

If Paul isn't happy with his general manager heading out, then you can only think it's going to be harder to retain his services in a year when he becomes a free agent. The Clippers point guard is approaching his prime, and he needs to be put in the best possible situation if he expects to win a championship. It'll be crucial for L.A. to keep Blake Griffin to ensure Paul wants to come back. Letting a solid general manager go cannot help the image of the team in their superstar's mind.

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Neil Olshey Will Not Return To Clippers, According To Source

According to a tweet by ESPN.com's Kevin Arnovitz, Los Angeles Clippers GM Neil Olshey will not return to the Clippers organization next season:

Olshey was rumored last week to be one of the four finalists in the running for the Portland Trailblazers open GM position. Interestingly enough, Olshey's agent, Warren LeGarie, was the same agent for former Blazers GMs John Nash and Kevin Pritchard.

Originally promoted as an assistant general manager in 2008, Olshey became the Clippers GM after the organization fired Mike Dunleavy Sr. as head coach and general manager in 2010.

Notable transactions under Olshey's time as GM include the drafting of Blake Griffin in 2009 and the trade for Chris Paul during this past year's NBA offseason.

Before his stint in the front office, Olshey was the Director of Player Personnel starting in 2003 and became an assistant coach in 2004.

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Clippers Rumors: Neil Olshey Finalist For Blazers GM Job

The Los Angeles Clippers have yet to really reach out to general manager Neil Olshey, which is allowing him to go out and explore other avenues. One of the most prominent vacancies out there is currently the Portland Trail Blazers job, a position where Olshey's name has been circulated.

The Blazers have reportedly narrowed their list to four finalists, and Olshey has already met with the Blazers. However, Olshey can't consider himself the favorite for the job, because each of these candidates appear to have their own staunch supporters inside the organization.

John Canzano of the Oregonian has more about Olshey.

David Morway, the general manager of the Indiana Pacers, is believed by many to be the favored candidate of Blazers president Larry Miller. Meanwhile, if you believe insiders, Allen confidante Bert Kolde is pushing for Los Angeles Clippers general manager Neil Olshey.

Trouble is, Olshey is a client of agent Warren LeGarie. Remember, LeGarie also represented former Blazers GMs John Nash and Kevin Pritchard as well as ex-assistant general manager Tom Penn. You'd think Allen wouldn't want to eat at that restaurant again.

This figures to go right down to the wire.

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Clippers Offseason: Kenyon Martin May Not Fit Into The Clippers' Future

With the season over and the Los Angeles Clippers looking at what they need to do to prevent their season from ending like it did this year at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs, one decision they have to make is whether to bring back veteran forward Kenyon Martin.

Martin was a valuable contributor off the bench once he joined the team, but ESPN Los Angeles' Pedro Moura questioned whether or not Martin fits into its future.

Where does Martin fit in with the Clippers' roster of the future? He doesn't, really. But he does make some sense for next season, simply because he's a better option than anybody else the team could get for the veteran's minimum. They can use the non-Bird exception on him and pay him around $3 million, without having to worry about the cap at all.

But if Martin is looking to make more money and for more playing time, he may decide that his best bet would be to look elsewhere.

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Clippers General Manager Neil Olshey Meets With Portland Trail Blazers

Los Angeles Clippers general manager Neil Olshey is getting interviewed by the Portland Trail Blazers.

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