It all starts with DeAndre Jordan.
Chandler Parsons isn’t on a plane to Houston, J.J. Redick isn’t in a car, Blake Griffin isn’t in a helicopter, Chris Paul doesn’t have to hop off the banana boat if DJ doesn’t first open the door and invite Doc Rivers to walk through it. Jordan had made a verbal commitment to the Mavericks for a max deal but has had second thoughts. He reached out to the Clippers and — because they have no good alternative if he did leave — Doc Rivers and company pounced.
Which is why the Clippers players are confident that Jordan will be back.
That is the sense around the league — you don’t take the meeting if you’re not pretty far down the road in your own head. Multiple media members have tweeted out the same sentiment, saying Clipper players feel pretty good about their chances.
The Clippers are bringing owner Steve Balmer, coach Rivers, Griffin, Paul, Redick and Paul Pierce to the meeting. They come into that meeting with an advantage — they now know exactly what Jordan wants to hear. It became clear after the verbal agreement with Dallas was reached that Jordan was unhappy with his level of recognition, that he wanted a bigger role in the offense, that he wanted Paul to tone down the “motivational tactics” and embrace him as a star. The Clippers can go into that meeting and say exactly what he wants to hear.
Tonight the Mavericks will get another face-to-face meeting where Mark Cuban, Chandler Parsons, and others will get a chance to keep the man they thought was their new anchor in the middle.
This story is changing by the minute, and there has never been anything quite like it.
The Los Angeles Clippers are going to be a good team next season. They had the best offense in the NBA last season, they still have Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, not to mention quality role players such as Paul Pierce and J.J. Redick among others. They will make the playoffs in the West.
But the loss of DeAndre Jordan to the Mavericks knocks the Clippers out of title contender status, they fall a couple tiers down in the West.
Because those chances to compete for a title are fleeting, the Clippers head my list of free agency losers, through the first week of free agency. The other team on the list? Try the other coast, in Manhattan.
This week, Milwaukee Bucks president Peter Feigin chose the scare-tactic negotiating ploy when telling Wisconsin legislators why they should approve $250 million in funding for a new Bucks arena — if they don’t the team will be sold back to the league and moved to “Seattle or Las Vegas.”
That comment understandably put Bucks fans on edge.
Then on Tuesday Bucks point guard Michael Carter-Williams tweeted this:
He was innocently talking about playing for the Bucks Summer League team, which starts play in Las Vegas on Friday. But that’s not how some Bucks fans saw it.
Carter Williams realized his mistake and tweeted:
To be fair Bucks fans, if the arena deal does fall through Adam Silver will look for other options to keep the team in Milwaukee first (he was one of the guys behind the efforts to give Sacramento a chance to keep it’s team, and it was farther down the road than Milwaukee right now).
After that, I’d be a lot more concerned about Seattle than Vegas.
Just like you, NBA players like to vacation with their friends.
It just draws a little more attention when LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Paul are hanging out together.
LeBron and Wade were together at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas, and apparently a couple other buddies dropped by. You just have to wonder how many of them did the Leap of Faith waterslide. What we do know is some of them went on a banana boat ride.
There were a lot of suitors for Alan Anderson — a solid NBA bench two-guard who can come in and knock down some threes plus play solid defense. For teams trying to round out their bench at an affordable price, the 32-year-old NBA veteran was an attractive target.
The Washington Wizards won the bidding. Maybe by overpaying a little, but they won the bidding.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports broke the news.
J. Michael of CSNWashington.com confirmed the news.
The Wizards were willing to pay a little more to keep this a one-year deal — they want all their cap space available to go after Kevin Durant next summer.
The Wizards signed Gary Neal and traded for Jared Dudley this summer, giving them a lot of players on the wings behind Bradley Beal and Otto Porter. Dudley and Porter could see a lot of time at the stretch four spot if the Wizards go small more (as they should).