Los Angeles Clippers v Brooklyn Nets

Report: Nets’ interest in sign-and-trading Paul Pierce to Clippers? Zilch


Paul Pierce, an unrestricted free agent, might want to join the Clippers. Not only do they play in his hometown, they employee his former coach, Doc Rivers.

But the Nets, who hold Pierce’s Bird rights, have some leverage.

The Clippers can offer Pierce no more than the non-taxpayer mid-level exception – $5,305,000 starting,$22,652,350 over four years – unless they convinced Brooklyn to do a sign-and-trade.

Alex Raskin of The Wall Street Journal:

If they really don’t care about payroll, they could offer Pierce a max contract to stay. It wouldn’t impact their ability to sign someone else. Whether or not they keep Pierce, the Nets would still have only the taxpayer mid-level exception – $3,278,000 starting,$10,550,175 over three years – to add a free agent.

Dangling players like Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes, Jared Dudley and Reggie Bullock probably won’t get it done for the Clippers.

Of course, this could just be posturing on Brooklyn’s part. If Pierce really wants to test the Nets, he could threaten to sign with the Clippers for the mid-level exception.

That could turn sign-and-trade discussions serious in a hurry. Maybe Crawford wouldn’t seem like such a bad consolation prize at that point.

Chris Bosh with between-the-legs pass to cutting Dwyane Wade (VIDEO)

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Miami is going to be a lot of fun to watch this season (if they can stay healthy).

They’ve got athletic, active players who want to run, who move off the ball, and they have good passers. For example, watch Chris Bosh go between the legs to Dwyane Wade in the Heat’s preseason game Sunday.

Bosh had 14 points, and Wade had a dozen, but Charlotte won the exhibition.


Blake Griffin pre-game dunk knocks down shot clock

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The Clippers went north of the border to take on the Raptors in an exhibition game, but it was on the West Coast of Canada in one of the world’s prettiest cities — Vancouver. The two played at the Rogers Arena.

Where, they may want to upgrade the shot clocks behind the backboards. Watch over the shoulder of the Clippers announcers as Griffin dunks in warmups.

Notice that DeAndre Jordan loves this.

Nice to see Griffin dunking like his old self again. If you want another view, the NBA retweeted this.