Dan Feldman

Blake Griffin throws ball off back of Dennis Schroder’s head (video)

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I don’t know Blake Griffin‘s intent. He was upset with the official about a foul and immediately apologized to Dennis Schroder. This might have been accidental.

But a technical foul was absolutely the right call. You can’t allow players to throw the ball at the back of an opponent’s head during a stoppage, purposefully or not.

From Knicks to Pelicans, Forbes values every NBA team at at least $1 billion

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In 2015, the Hawks sold for $850 million. That was the last time an NBA franchise went for less than $1 billion.

It might never happen again.

Forbes valued every NBA franchise – led by the Knicks ($3.6 billion), Lakers ($3.3 billion) and Warriors ($3.1) – at at least $1 billion in its annual valuations. Though these are just estimates, they’re the best publicly available data on the worth of each NBA team.

The full rankings:

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Report: Clippers thought they were close to trading DeAndre Jordan to Cavaliers

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Like with Lou Williams, the Clippers were working multiple fronts on DeAndre Jordan in advance of Thursday’s trade deadline – a trade or extension.

Unlike with Williams, who signed an extension, there was no deal with Jordan.

But did anything come close?

Clippers executives Lawrence Frank and Jerry West said the team offered Jordan an extension. And he certainly came up in trade talks.

ESPN:

The pieces were in place Thursday, and the Los Angeles Clippers thought they were close to a deal that would have sent starting center DeAndre Jordan to the Cavaliers, when news surfaced of the blockbuster trade that Cleveland instead had with the Lakers, sources have told ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

Jordan, via Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times:

“I tell the truth,” Jordan said Friday. “No offer.”

This is all so cloudy.

Just because the Clippers thought they were close to trading Jordan to Cleveland doesn’t mean they were right. It’s can be very hard to ascertain another team’s thinking. The Cavs, of course, made a couple blockbuster trades elsewhere.

If Jordan set parameters for an acceptable extension and the Clippers proposed less, was that an “offer”? They might say yes. He might say no.

What’s clear: Jordan is still with L.A. and will be for the rest of the season. He holds a $24,119,025 player option for next season, and he’s still extension-eligible until he opts out (or Jun 30, 2019 if he opts in).

It’s too late to unilaterally trade him. Now, it’s predicated on him opting in. And there’s at least miscommunication – and maybe even, especially now, mistrust – interfering with a possible extension.

Georgios Papagiannis’ agent on center getting waived: ‘More proof that something is wrong with the Kings’

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The Kings drafting Georgios Papagiannis, who was commonly seen as a second-round pick, No. 13 in the 2016 NBA draft – absurd!

The Kings waiving Papagiannis less than two years later – absurd!

And the absurdity only continues with Papagiannis’ agent, Marios Olympios, chiming in.

Olympios on Greek radio station Spor FM, as transcribed by Aris Barkas of Eurohoops.net:

“He never got a chance by the Kings. He had a double-double every time he played in the G-League. He had to travel for two and a half hour everytime he was assigned to Reno and still he performed. There are many details that prove that he never got a real chance”.

“He is a free agent. We have options and we are good with that. He is 20 years old and he already has a great resume. I don’t know if the Kings are also good with that. Unfortunately, in the draft, you can’t pick a team. You are picked. Giorgos ended up in a very disorganized franchise and I think that everyone in the NBA is shocked by the decision made by the Kings. It’s one more proof that something is wrong with the Kings”.

Papagiannis didn’t even average a double-double in the minor league, let alone get one every game. Heck, he barely got a double-double in a third of his minor-league games.

But it’s odd to see a team go from having so much faith in a player to having so little faith in him so quickly. As Olympios noted, Papagiannis is just 20. (Olympios is wrong about Papagiannis’ resume. It is not great.)

In Sacramento’s defense, Papagiannis was a sunk cost. It no longer matters where he was drafted. If he was less likely to pan out than whomever the Kings have instead, they were smart to cut Papagiannis.

 

There was definitely something wrong in Sacramento’s process with Papagiannis. It wasn’t necessarily waiving him, though.

Report: Rockets to sign Joe Johnson, whom Kings bought out

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Joe Johnson wanted a trade or buyout from the Jazz. He sure wasn’t sticking around Sacramento after the Kings acquired him in a three-team trade with the Cavaliers.

Next stop: Houston.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

The Rockets have done well with in-season signings – Gerald Green, Brandan Wright and now Johnson.

Johnson was mostly a bystander in Utah’s offense. When involved, he was ineffective.

Maybe he’ll be energized by playing for a winner. Or maybe the 36-year-old will is just washed up. It’s tough to say without getting him into this environment, and it’s a reasonable, low-cost gamble for Houston.

Given his defensive limitations, Johnson could get run off the floor by the Warriors in the playoffs – the matchup the Rockets are gearing up for. But Houston has to get there first, and Johnson’s isolation scoring could make the difference in a game against a team like the Spurs (who eliminated the Rockets last season). If Johnson makes the difference in one playoff game, this signing will have paid off. And keeping Johnson off Golden State, which could use another bench scorer and was reportedly interested in him, carries value.