Author: Dan Feldman

Los Angeles Clippers Introduce Free Agent Signings

Doc Rivers denies rift with Clippers president of business operations

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The Clippers’ president of basketball operations, Doc Rivers, and president of business operations, Gillian Zucker, are reportedly feuding.

Not true, says Rivers.

Rivers, via Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times:

“There’s nothing there,” Rivers said. “Gillian has been great. She’s new and she’s new to the NBA and of course there’s going to be criticism with that. But she’s got our backing and she’ll be fine.”

Rivers said Zucker hasn’t tried to impose things on him in their infrequent conversations.

“We do [talk] on business stuff, but very few [other] things,” Rivers said.

Rivers’ denial doesn’t exactly mean there’s no rift. People involved in these sort of things often publicly deny a problem, even when one truly exists.

If there’s no issue here and the reports were completely inaccurate, great. We can all move on.

But if there is something here, Rivers’ denial is a (probably minor) positive sign. One, it means things are at least good enough that Rivers can play nice in public. Plus, that makes it easier for Rivers and Zucker to find common ground later.

I’m still not convinced the Clippers are functioning properly, but it’s not as bad as it could be.

Briante Weber fails physical with Heat

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The Heat reportedly signed undrafted Virginia Commonwealth guard Briante Weber.

But he’s not making it to Miami.

Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel:

The Miami Heat’s training-camp roster is back down to 18 players, two fewer than the league maximum, with undrafted Virginia Commonwealth guard Briante Weber unable to pass his physical due to the knee injury he sustained last season.

“It was a situation I would describe as one we knew could occur,” agent Bill Neff told the Sun Sentinel. “Our goal was we want to be with the Heat. That has not changed.”

It’s unclear whether Weber took this physical before or after he officially signed his contract, but the difference is academic. A team can void a player’s contract if he fails a physical within three business days of the contract’s execution.

I’m not sure why Weber and the Heat went to this trouble – whether it’s officially signing the deal or even just announcing it – if his agent knew Weber would fail the physical. What’s the point? This sounds like spin after the fact.

Weber tore his ACL in January, and that’s a big reason he went undrafted. Otherwise, he would have been intriguing as an athletic and hyperactive defender. If he gets healthy and works his way to Miami, he could help the Heat return to their trapping defense.

In the meantime this is good news for the five Miami players without guaranteed salaries – Keith Benson, Tyler Johnson, James Ennis, Greg Whittington and Corey Hawkins – who are seemingly vying for two regular-season roster spots. Those five face one fewer competitor.

Luis Scola becomes FIBA Americas all-time leading scorer


Not only did Argentina qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics with its win over Mexico, Luis Scola became the all-time leading scorer in FIBA Americas history.

Scola’s 1,288 points passed Brazilian Oscar Schmidt. The Raptors forward padded that total with 14 points in Argentina’s championship-game loss to Venezuela.

Tony Parker also became the all-time EuroBasket leading scorer this year.