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Clippers Hire Gerald Madkins As Director Of Basketball Operations

The Los Angeles Clippers announced Monday that the team has hired Gerald Madkins as the new Director of Basketball Operations. Madkins will work directly under current team Vice President of Operations Gary Sacks, and will work within all aspects of the team's basketball operations.

Prior to joining the Clippers' front office, Madkins worked as part of the New Orleans Hornets staff as the Vice President of Player Personnel. While in New Orleans, he was responsible for overseeing the scouting staff, managing the salary cap and database, and talent evaluation at all levels.

Madkins starred at UCLA from 1987-1992, where he was a team captain during his senior year. After his collegiate career, he played eight seasons in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors.

He has other West Coast ties as a former executive with the Seattle SuperSonics, now the Oklahoma City Thunder and had a prominent role in the franchise's 2008 draft, where it drafted future stars Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka.

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Clippers Exercise Fourth-Year Option On Guard Eric Beldsoe

The Los Angeles Clippers are making certain Eric Bledsoe will be around at least for the duration of the 2013-14 season. The Clippers exercised their fourth-year option on the point guard, which will ensure he stays past what will be his third year in the league.

Bledsoe has averaged 5.6 points, 2.9 assists, 2.4 rebounds, and 19 minutes over his career. He averaged 3.3 points in 40 regular season games last year, but he was recovering from surgery from a torn meniscus in his knee that kept him out of action to start last season. He performed very well during their playoff run, averaging nearly eight points per game while hitting nearly 60 percent of his shots and over 40 percent of his three pointers. He performed even better the deeper the playoffs went, averaging 11.5 points per game and increasing his shooting percentages to 70 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point land.

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Kenyon Martin Targeted By Celtics, Knicks

Free-agent forward Kenyon Martin, who spent the 2011-2012 season with the Los Angeles Clippers, is being courted by the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks among other teams, according to Alan Hahn of Sulia.

Martin is a longshot to join the Knicks because of his unwillingness to accept the veteran's minimum, which would be the likely offer from New York. Boston has gotten into the picture because it has more flexibility to add Martin as a complementary piece.

Martin played in 42 games last season for the Clippers, averaging career lows in points (5.2), rebounds (4.3) and minutes (22.4) on a Clippers team that made the playoffs. He signed as a free agent with the team Feb. 3 after spending seven seasons with the Denver Nuggets and four with the New Jersey Nets.

The 34-year old has averaged 13 points and 7.1 rebounds over his career. He earned a salary of $2.5M with the Clippers last season.

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How LeBron's Agent Switch Affects Chris Paul

LeBron James' current agent, Rich Paul, is breaking off from the powerful Creative Artists Agency (CAA) to become an independent agent, and James is following his agent away from the firm led by highly-regarded agent Leon Rose.

The bloggers at Clips Nation think this might have some aftershocks hitting the Los Angeles Clippers. See, Chris Paul and Eric Bledsoe are two notable CAA-represented players on the roster, and it's known that Paul is close to Rich Paul as well. So with a new faction coming in the form of the Klutch Sports Management group, what does that mean for the Clippers?

From Clips Nation's Steve Perrin:

(...) we can safely say that the big agents and agencies wield power in the NBA and teams want to remain in their good graces. No team wants to get Falked. We may not know what all this means, but one thing is clear -- by becoming LeBron James' agent, Rich Paul and Klutch Management just entered the upper echelon of agents and agencies, and through Eric Bledsoe and possibly Chris Paul the Clippers will be dealing with Rich Paul on some level. How it will affect the future of the team is anyone's guess.

It's hard to make any proclamations based on how little we know.

This news does, however, mean that the Clippers will be affected by the split at CAA. The business of sports agents don't get a lot of publicity, but within the innerworkings of the NBA, today's news that circled around LeBron James will in all likelihood be a deeper change in the landscape of the league than meets the eye.

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Blake Griffin Reportedly 100% Healthy After Surgery

Clippers fans everywhere held their collective breaths as former No. 1 pick, Blake Griffin, underwent yet another knee surgery in July as he prepared for the Olympics. Griffin already missed his rookie season with a broken kneecap and had been battling various injuries throughout his career, including the torn meniscus he suffered a little more than a month ago.

Here is the latest from the LA Times on his knee, which he says is 100% healthy:

"I came back after surgery and started rehabbing and getting back into it. I've been shooting and lifting [weights] and all that for a while now," Griffin told The Times in telephone interview Friday. "So, I'm pretty much back at 100%, been back at 100% for a little bit. So I'm good."

It'll be interesting to see how Griffin looks once he makes his return to the basketball court. While he can say his surgically repaired knee is healthy, the only real way to know is once he starts trying for his highlight reel dunks and begins getting up and down the floor.

The Clippers are scheduled to begin training camp in a little less than two months.

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Clippers Guard Chris Paul Will Miss 8 Weeks With Torn Thumb Ligament

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul will miss eight weeks after undergoing successful surgery on his right thumb, the team announced on Tuesday. After the break, the star point guard will be able to return to all basketball-related activities with full contact, the team said.

The surgery repaired a torn ligament in Paul's thumb, as the Los Angeles Times reports that he may have initially hurt the thumb during the playoffs.

Paul re-aggravated his thumb during Team USA's first day of training camp in Las Vegas last month and sat out a couple of practices leading into the Olympics. An X-ray then revealed a sprain, according to the newspaper.

That all means his performance at the 2012 London Olympics came despite the injury. Starting eight games en route to a gold medal, Paul averaged 8.3 points, 5.1 assists and 2.5 steals per game for the Americans. Perhaps his biggest contribution came in the gold medal game against Spain, where a fired-up Paul scored 11 points and had three steals.

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Clippers Finish Fourth In ESPN's Western Conference Standings Projections

ESPN released their Western Conference Standings projections for the 2012-2013 season and they predict the Los Angeles Clippers will finish fourth in the conference and second in the Pacific Division.

The Oklahoma City Thunder held onto the top spot in the conference with the Los Angeles Lakers coming in at second in the conference, first in the Pacific ,and the San Antonio Spurs rounding out the top three.

The Clippers are projected to have a 50-32 record, the same as the Denver Nuggets.

The Clippers didn't have the splashy summer transaction like last season when they brought in Chris Paul, but they did add some significant pieces that will help them try to exceed their projection and get into the top three in the conference. Lamar Odom, Jamal Crawford and Grant Hill add veteran savvy, scoring and versatility to a team that gets Chauncey Billups back from injury.

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Los Angeles Clippers Obtain Willie Green, Trade Rights To Sofo Schortsanitis To Atlanta Hawks

The Los Angeles Clippers have received Willie Green in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks to further upgrade a position of weakness from last season.

Green gives the Clippers another strong small forward presence, likely off the bench with Caron Butler and Grant Hill already on the team and the likely competitors to start at small forward. At 31 years old he's on the downside of his career, but he can still shoot effectively from the outside and will provide more necessary perimeter shooting to stretch the floor.

The Hawks received the rights to draft pick Sofo Schortsanitis for this trade, which means it's pretty much a salary dump on Atlanta's side. Schortsanitis was selected in the 2nd round with the 34th pick of the 2003 NBA Draft by the Clippers. He has never played in the league though; his closest flirtation was after his contract expired with Olympiacos and participated in Summer League with the team.

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Clippers Sign Ronny Turiaf To One-Year Deal

The Los Angeles Clippers have found another crucial bench cog by grabbing power forward Ronny Turiaf.

Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times files this report on the details of the contract.

The Clippers and free-agent Ronny Turiaf have agreed to a one-year, veteran’s minimum contract worth $1.146 million, said NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

Turiaf, a 6-10, 245-pounder, will be a backup power forward and center for the Clippers.

Turiaf's most recent stint came with the Miami Heat, where he won an NBA championship this past season. Turiaf averaged only 1.9 points and 2.6 rebounds per game with Miami in the playoffs in about an average of ten minutes of playing time per game, and played only minimal time during the regular season. The former Gonzaga big has spent a couple of years with the Lakers and Warriors, as well as the Knicks and the Wizards.

Turiaf will join Lamar Odom and Ryan Hollins as the primary Clipper bigs off the bench, joining Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Neither Turiaf and Hollins can hope to match the rebounding capacity of Reggie Evans (although Odom will be more of a playmaker), but they might be able to provide more of a scoring punch, and Turiaf might be able to showcase some of the trademark energy off the bench.

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NBA Free Agency: Clippers Sign Former UCLA Bruins Center Ryan Hollins

The Los Angeles Clippers attempted to shore up their front court depth on Monday by announcing the signing of former UCLA Bruins center Ryan Hollins. The 7'0" big man was a part of the Bruins' Final Four team in 2006, and has spent six years in the NBA.

Hollins averaged 3.4 points and 2.1 rebounds per contest in 39 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics. In the playoffs with the Celtics, Hollins averaged 1.5 points and 1.6 rebounds per game in 17 postseason contests.

The 27-year old center while at UCLA blocked 101 shots, the fourth most in school history, and was drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats in the second round of the 2006 NBA Draft, with the 50th overall pick. Hollins' finest NBA season came in 2009-2010 with the Minnesota Timberwolves, when he averaged 6.1 points and 2.8 rebounds in 73 games.

In six NBA seasons Hollins has averaged 4.2 points and 2.3 rebounds, in 13.0 minutes per contest. The Clippers are his fifth NBA team.

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Clippers Offseason: Ryan Gomes Released Through Amnesty Clause

The Los Angeles Clippers have released forward Ryan Gomes through the NBA's new amnesty clause. The deadline was to decide on releasing Gomes was at 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday. Now with an extra space open on the roster, the Clippers are expected to sign veteran wing Grant Hill to a two-year deal.

As for Gomes, he will still earn his $4 million in salary this season. It just won't count against the Clippers' salary cap. He averaged just 2.3 points-per-game in 32 games last season with LA, so the decision was not exactly a tough one to make with no trade suitors out there.

The Clippers will continue looking to improve their roster, although they appear to be a team close to finalizing everything before practices resume in a few months. They already made their big splash of the offseason by signing Blake Griffin to a five-year contract extension.

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Los Angeles Clippers Offseason: Grant Hill To Sign Two-Year Deal

According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the deal with free agent forward Grant Hill will be for two years.

Hill will turn 40 prior to the start of the 2012-13 season but it'll be a young 40. Having played for the Phoenix Suns, Hill is in top health as the Suns' training staff is known for extending the playing lives of aging players. Also, Hill lost seasons of his career while with the Orlando Magic due to ankle injuries so his game number isn't as high as someone in at his age who played consistently throughout their career.

The Clippers can bring Hill on via sign-and-trade with the Suns or by using its bi-annual exception.

Hill averaged 10 points, three boards and two assists in 28 minutes per game for the Suns this past season.

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Los Angeles Clippers Offseason: Grant Hill To Sign With Team, According To Report

According to a tweet from Sports 620 KTAR in Phoenix, Arizona's John Gambadoro, Phoenix Suns free agent forward will join the Los Angeles Clippers.

Hill's name had been mentioned more often with another team from LA, the Lakers, so this would be quite the coup if Hill was to join the Clippers.

The Clippers have already brought in Lamar Odom via trade, signed Jamal Crawford, re-signed Chauncey Billups and signed Blake Griffin to an extension in a summer that rivals last summer when the team brought in Billups and Chris Paul.

Hill would add some veteran know-how and versatility to the frontcourt where he can guard both forward spots, hit the mid-range jumper with consistency and provide a calming force in the locker room. A team with Billups and Hill in the locker room is a team headed in the right direction.

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Blake Griffin Undergoes Successful Knee Surgery

It is hard to judge who he has a bigger impact on - the front line of the U.S. National Team or the Los Angeles Clippers, but two collective gasps were heard when Blake Griffin went down with an apparent knee injury during a Team U.S.A. practice on July 11th.

Griffin felt discomfort in his knee and underwent an MRI on July 12th which revealed the damage sustained in the team's practice arena in Las Vegas.

The Clippers announced today that Griffin underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to repair a medical meniscus tear in his left knee. The surgery was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic.

Although Griffin will miss the entirety of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, he is expected back at full health in time for the start of the Clippers training camp in the fall.

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Los Angeles Clippers Offseason: Clippers Frontrunners For Darko Milicic, According To Report

The Los Angeles Clippers are one of the frontrunners for new free agent Darko Milicic, according to a report from Marc Spears. The Minnesota Timberwolves used their amnesty clause on Milicic in order to clear up cap room for their pursuit of Nicolas Batum. Milicic then went unclaimed on waivers and became a free agent on Saturday. The other teams in the running for the center's services are the Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets, according to Spears.

Milicic was drafted by the Timberwolves second overall in the 2003 NBA Draft. In 2012 he averaged 3.3 rebounds and 4.6 points per game, compared to 6.0 rebounds and 4.2 points per game in his career.

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L.A. Clippers Rumors: Marco Belinelli Could Be Acquired, According To Report

The Los Angeles Clippers are looking to fill out their roster after handing out some big deals this offseason. Now with Blake Griffin locked up for the near future with a monster contract, the team is now looking at Italian sharpshooter Marco Belinelli, according to a report.

Bellinelli played last season with the New Orleans Hornets and averaged 11.8 points-per-game. The main reason he's of interest to the Clippers: he's just under 40% in his career from behind the 3-point arc.

Here's the latest report on the situation from ESPN.

One of the players the Clippers have interest in is Italian sharpshooter Marco Bellinelli, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. [...]

The Clippers have discussed signing Bellinelli with their mini mid-level exception and various sign-and-trades with the Hornets, one of which involves small forward Ryan Gomes and a pick heading to New Orleans.

Bellinelli would not be expensive to acquire and he could serve as a nice shooting option off the bench, but he could be buried in the rotation if everyone is able to stay healthy.

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Blake Griffin Agrees To Five-Year, $95 Million Deal With Los Angeles Clippers

Blake Griffin is about to get paid. According to a report from Ken Berger of, Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to a five-year, $95 million deal. That full amount relies on Griffin making another All-Star team and All-NBA selection, which he is likely to do.

This deal seems to have been inevitable, but it wasn't actually agreed upon until Tuesday when the actual reports surfaced. Griffin is set to make just over 7.2 million in 2012-13 and had a qualifying offer for the following season. Next on the Clippers' priority list has to be retaining the services of Chris Paul, whose contract expires at the end of the upcoming season.

Signing Paul to an extension would ensure that the Clippers keep the foundation of their playoff team in tact.

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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: MarShon Brooks To Clippers, First Round Pick To Nets As Fourth Team In Deal

The Los Angeles Clippers didn't figure to be a part of the Dwight Howard deal, but apparently the Brooklyn Nets needed more teams to make this deal work. The Cavaliers, Nets, Magic and Clippers apparently are the new four teams being involved.

Chad Ford files this report from ESPN that has Los Angeles taking on one of the more talented rookies from the 2011 NBA Draft in MarShon Brooks.

According to sources the Nets would receive Howard, Jason Richardson, Chris Duhon and Earl Clark in the proposed deal. The Magic would get Brook Lopez in a sign-and-trade, Luke Walton, Damion James, Shelden Williams, Armon Johnson and three first-round picks -- two from the Nets and a lottery protected first from the Clippers. The Cavs would get Kris Humphries in a sign-and-trade, Quentin Richardson, Sundiata Gaines, a first round pick from the Nets and three million in cash. The Clippers would receive MarShon Brooks.

Apparently the Clippers aren't quite ready to concede a first round pick.

It's interesting that Los Angeles picks up a player who probably might not be too useful for the Clippers. Brooks averaged 12.6 points per game, 2.3 assists per game, and 3.6 rebounds per game with a PER of 13 in his first season. With Jamal Crawford already on board, Eric Bledsoe and Chauncey Billups likely to spend a lot of time playing the two with Chris Paul spending most of his time at the one, it's unlikely the Clippers would make Brooks a regular member of their rotation.

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2012 Clippers Offseason: Blake Griffin Skips USA Team Practice To Work On Clippers' Contract Extension

According to a tweet from Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is not at practice for the USA men's basketball team because he is taking care of his contract extension. Spears cited a USA Spokesman as his source.

This is great news for Clippers fans. Griffin has turned into one of the top power forwards in the game and one of the league's most popular players during his first two seasons on the court. There could be so many more Griffin highlights already if not for him missing his true rookie season with an injury then only having 66 games to possibly play during this lockout-shortened season but he's still managed to put together quite the portfolio.

If Griffin signs, the Clippers will have extended Griffin, traded for Lamar Odom, re-signed Chauncey Billups and signed Jamal Crawford as a free agent. Since Billups missed the majority of the season, it's almost like he's a free agent signing.

After a tough exit from the playoffs at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs, the Clippers didn't sit on their hands and are deeper, more talented and more explosive on offense. If Griffin can return from the Olympics with the sense of renewed confidence that buoyed Kevin Durant into a career year this past season, the Clippers could take another step towards a Western Conference crown.

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Chris Paul Turns Down Clippers Extension, Doesn't Rule Out Signing Extension Next Year

Before we get too far into this, the big takeaway is that Chris Paul will be the starting point guard for the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2012-13 NBA season and will get to play for a full year with Chauncey Billups and new acquisition Jamal Crawford.

Paul opted in for the coming season before coming over in a trade from the New Orleans Hornets prior to the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season. So he's here no matter what. But he did pass on a recent three-year, $60 million extension offered to him by the Clippers.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles explains that Paul may have a chance to pick up a five-year, $108 million extension next summer, which is obviously more appealing to him. Still, Paul is very excited about the team heading into the new season.

"I'm excited about our future. Bringing in Jamal (Crawford), and obviously getting Chauncey (Billups) back. Everybody knows how I feel about that. That was huge."

Paul stressed that he would wait until next summer to decide whether he wants to remain in Los Angeles for the long haul.

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NBA Free Agency Rumors: Clippers Cancel Meeting With Ray Allen

The Los Angeles Clippers have been a busy bunch in free agency thus far, signing two veteran guards in the way of Jamal Crawford and Chauncey Billups. The team had also been linked to free agent Ray Allen and had scheduled a meeting with him on Thursday, but those plans have fallen apart with Crawford and Billups agreeing to deals.

Here is the latest from The L.A. Times:

With Crawford and Billups reaching deals with the Clippers, L.A. cancelled the visit they had planned for free agent shooting guard Ray Allen on Friday.

Allen's shooting ability in the backcourt could have been a nice bonus for the Clippers this upcoming season, but it would have created a logjam in Los Angeles if he signed with the club. It'll be interesting to see how the team spends the rest of their money with about $10 million locked up on Thursday.

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Jamal Crawford, Chauncey Billups To Sign With Clippers, According To Report

According to a report form the Los Angeles Times' Broedrick Turner, the Los Angeles Clippers are set to sign two important pieces for their future as both Jamal Crawford and Chauncey Billups will indeed sign contracts with the Clip Show.

Crawford, an unrestricted free agent who opted out of his $5.2 million contract with the Portland Trail Blazers, has been offered a spot by the Clippers. He is expected to sign a three-year, $15.7 million contract, according to the executives.

Billups, who played in just 20 games last season with the Clippers before suffering a season-ending left Achilles tendon surgery, will sign a one-year deal that could be worth up to $4.3 million if he reaches bonuses, the executives said.

Along with the recent arrival of Lamar Odom, the Clippers are certainly stacking up their talent for next year, looking to make another playoff run after their elongated second-season drought.

Crawford averaged 13.9 points per game last season in Portland, including a 30.9 percentage from three-point land. As for Billups, who played just 20 games for L.A. after a season-ending Achilles injury, averaged 15 points last season. He is hopeful that he can return in December.

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Ray Allen Rumors: Clippers Schedule Visit For Free Agent Shooting Guard

The Los Angeles Clippers are angling in on Jamal Crawford, but that doesn't mean they're close to being done with trying to land shooting guards. Crawford is a pretty good starting talent, but L.A. could still utilize more two-guard depth to help stretch the floor with outside shooters and prevent teams from zeroing in on Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.

Ray Allen could be the main target for the Clippers. Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times files this report.

The team then scheduled a visit by free-agent guard Ray Allen for Friday, according to NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.


The Clippers could use the mid-level exception for Allen and probably would offer him a two-year deal.

Landing Allen would give L.A. a pure shooter at the 2 spot and allow Crawford to occasionally slide on over to the small forward spot on occasion. With a lineup of Paul, Allen, Crawford, Odom and Griffin to finish off games (along with players like DeAndre Jordan, Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler), Los Angeles would sure have the playmakers and offensive arsenal to be competitive against the best the Western Conference has to offer.

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Jamal Crawford Rumors: Clippers Ready To Offer Mid-level Exception

The Los Angeles Clippers are looking for a new shooting guard in the offseason, and they may have found their man in Jamal Crawford. Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times files this report that has the Clippers ready to offer Crawford one huge deal.

Crawford was impressed by his visit to the Clippers' facility, and the organization was impressed by the 6-5 guard.

The Clippers could offer a free agent a mid-level exception deal starting at $5 million and worth up to $21.7 million over four years.

They are willing to offer Crawford, 32, a three-year deal worth about $15.7 million, according to the NBA executives.

Crawford is coming off a year with the Portland Trail Blazers where he averaged 13.9 points per game, 3.2 assists per game and 2.0 rebounds per game, which are among his lowest level of production in over half a decade. However, Crawford is one of those guys that could really thrive with a great point guard like Chris Paul distributing the basketball and Blake Griffin drawing double-teams, as he could become another crucial wheel in the Clipper chase for a championship.

This figures to be the first of many moves the Clippers could make this offseason to shore up critical positions of need.

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Reggie Evans Dealt To Brooklyn Nets In Sign-And-Trade With Clippers

I doubt many of us figured that Reggie Evans would be one of the first big deals in NBA free agency, but here we are. The Clippers have parted with Evans by dealing him to the Brooklyn Nets in a sign-and-trade. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports had the initial report.

Evans was signed for $5 million over three years and will end up as part of the $3 million trade exception. He will provide the Nets with much needed rebounding inside to complement Brook Lopez. The Clippers receive a second round pick in return in the deal, although it's not quite clear what year they'll receive the pick.

It's unclear how much this deal will help the Nets in their efforts to land Dwight Howard.

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NBA Free Agency 2012: Ray Allen To Visit With Clippers

Every team needs shooters. So it isn't a surprise that the greatest three-point shooter in the history of the game has multiple suitors for his services in this his free agent summer.

Ray Allen, of Boston Celtics' Big Three fame, is taking the pitches of different teams and the Los Angeles Clippers will get their turn, according to ESPN reports.

Allen will visit with the Clippers on Friday after visiting with the Miami Heat on Thursday, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard. The Clippers can offer Allen the full mid-level exception and a possible starting spot in the backcourt next to Chris Paul.

The Clippers will compete with the Celtics, Heat, Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks in the bidding war for Allen.

The Celtics are aware of the competition for their star.

"I don't know," said Celtics head coach Doc Rivers. "We're working hard. He has a lot of options and that's the bad news for us. It'll be interesting. I wish I had a feel on it. Usually I do. But I can tell you in this one I don't."

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NBA Free Agency Rumors 2012: Clippers Offer Jamal Crawford, Chauncey Billups

The Los Angeles Clippers know they're going to have shore up their shooting guard position. It just wasn't good enough last season and it cost them the further they went into the playoffs.

Two of Los Angeles's biggest offseason targets appear to be shooting guards. Clippers shooting guard Jamal Crawford appears to be one of the first players who's being targeted. Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times files this report on the Clippers.

They plan to have free-agent guard Jamal Crawford in for a visit Tuesday at the team’s practice facility, according to sources who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

The Clippers plan to offer Crawford the mid-level exception that starts at $5 million. The Clippers are willing to offer Crawford, a 6-foot-5 guard, at least a three-year deal, sources said.

Turner has more on a deal involving Chauncey Billups that's also being developed.

The Clippers also are planning to offer a contract to Chauncey Billups, sources said. Billups, who is recovering from a torn left Achilles’ tendon injury, will get a one-year offer from the Clippers for about $4 million, sources said.

Either Crawford or Billups (or both!) could really augment Los Angeles on the perimeter. With Lamar Odom potentially revisiting his Sixth Man role and Blake Griffin entering another year of development, it'd be hard not to see the Clippers back in contention for winning the Western Conference.

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Jamal Crawford Rumors: Clippers In Deep Discussions With Free Agent

The Los Angeles Clippers still aren't quite sure who they're going to land in free agency, but they do know they're probably going to need a shooting guard in the near future. It seems they're ready to address those needs with Jamal Crawford. Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld has the following.

The Los Angeles Clippers are in advanced talks with unrestricted free agent Jamal Crawford, according to sources close to the situation.

The Clippers are aggressively pursuing Crawford, and are hoping to fly the 32-year-old guard out to Los Angeles later this week for a face-to-face meeting. No deal is imminent, but the talks are ongoing.

Crawford is an older player at 32 years old and is coming off of career lows in points per game, overall field goal percentage, and three point field goal percentage. However, Los Angeles is pretty weak at the shooting guard and small forward spot and need someone who knows how to play well off of Chris Paul. With uncertainty surrounding Nick Young, Chauncey Billups and Randy Foye, the Clippers need to get a shooting guard sometime soon.

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