While the moratorium on signing players faded away at midnight Eastern, that hour is not so late on the West Coast. Within an hour of when they could do it the Clippers were over at Chris Paul’s house, got the deal inked and sent out that picture. Paul tweeted out images of the signing as well.
Little Chris seems very intent on studying the legal jargon. He shouldn’t worry, that is a max deal — five years, $107 million (CP3 has an opt out after four years).
Paul averaged 16.9 points, 9.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.4 steals a game last season, and more than that is the best floor general in the game. That made him the best free agent on the market this year (unless you want to argue Dwight Howard should be above him) but there was really never any doubt he was staying in L.A. That became especially true when the Clippers signed Doc Rivers up to be coach, then went out and got more quality players like J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley.
The Clippers could be contenders — they are going to score, but they will only go as far as their defense will take them. Doc Rivers needs to focus on that identity, and DeAndre Jordan needs to embrace it.
But it all starts with CP3 officially signing on the line that is dotted.
Kobe Bryant reflected, told stories and showed his emotions.
For nearly 25 minutes, the Lakers star talked about his pending retirement. It was pretty cool.
DeAndre Jordan‘s free-throw problems – 38.7% this season, 41.5% for his career – are mental.
You can’t watch this trip to the line and convince me otherwise.
Nene hurt his calf. Drew Gooden is banged up. Martell Webster is out for the season.
Those are three players the Wizards expected to play power forward this season.
So, Washington – which has lost four straight – will bring in another big man: Ryan Hollins.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:
The Wizards have a full roster of 15 players. They don’t qualify for a hardship exemption, which a team gets if four players have missed three straight games and will continue to be out. Only Webster and Alan Anderson definitely fit that bill. Gooden, who has missed five straight, might. But it’s unclear both how many of those absences were due to injury and when he’ll return.
So, Washington will have to waive someone to sign Hollins now. It’ll probably be Webster, whose $5,845,250 2016-17 salary is just $2.5 million guaranteed. If he’s out for the year and the Wizards plan to drop him by the summer to clear cap space, why not just do it now?
Hollins is more center than power forward and doesn’t appear to fit well with Marcin Gortat. But at this point, Washington just needs big bodies. Hollins – a nine-year veteran who plays decent interior defense, lacks offensive skill and rebounds poorly for his 7-foot frame – is at least that.
Sometimes – as Kristaps Porzingis sees against Dwight Howard – it’s more flattering just to play James Harden-level defense.