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Chris Paul, Blake Griffin

PBT Extra: List of teams that lost at free agency starts with Clippers


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.

LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul are vacationing together

NBA All-Star Game 2015


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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.

Report: Clippers signing Wesley Johnson to minimum contract

Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers failed their biggest offseason job: Re-signing DeAndre Jordan, who bolted for the Mavericks.

But if you can get past that – though you really shouldn’t – the Clippers have done a nice job using their limited assets to improve around their Chris Paul-Blake Griffin-DeAndre Jordan core.

They traded for Lance Stephenson once his value bottomed out and agreed to sign Paul Pierce to an amount equal to the taxpayer mid-level exception.

Now, as they hoped, they’re adding Wesley Johnson on a team-friendly deal.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

Dan Woike of the Orange County Register:

Johnson is excellent value on a minimum contract. He fits the rough profile of a 3-and-D combo forward, though he excels at neither skill. He’s got a good chance to crack the Clippers’ rotation after finding his way with the Lakers the last couple years.

Because he took just the minimum, the Clippers still have $2,088,000 of the non-taxpayer mid-level exception available after using the rest on Pierce. With Jordan leaving, the Clippers suddenly have the full MLE available. If they can use the rest on someone better than Johnson, they’ll be in business.

Relatively speaking.

J.J. Redick: Clippers deserve “F” for free agency after losing DeAndre Jordan

Los Angeles Clippers v Houston Rockets - Game Five

Once again, it’s Doc Rivers the GM setting the team back and making life difficult for Doc Rivers the coach.

The Clippers have to be on the list of biggest losers in free agency (they were at the top of the discussion in the PBT Podcast) because not only did they lose DeAndre Jordan to the Dallas Mavericks but also they had no good way to replace him.

It’s not just me saying that, here is what Clippers’ starting two-guard J.J. Redick said on Bleacher Report Radio on Sirius XM to Nicole Zaloumis and Ric Bucher, when he was asked to grade their offseason.

“F. Is there an F-minus?

Listen, we had one priority this summer, and that was to re-sign DJ, and we missed out on that. Barring some miracle, the makeup of our team is completely different now.

“He was such an integral part of what we did, not just defensively, but offensively with the screening, his rolling, his offensive rebounds. His presence down low essentially made teams either commit to the three-point line when Blake [Griffin] or Chris [Paul] penetrated, or commit to him, and that either opened up lobs to him or threes for guys like me and Jamal [Crawford] and Matt [Barnes].

“So he was a huge part of what we did and missing out and having him leave for Dallas gives us a failing grade.”

It’s rare to see a player be honest like that. Good on Redick.

The Clippers are still going to be a good team. They had the best offense in the NBA last season, and they likely will often play smaller and faster now. Expect to see some Blake Griffin at the five, Chris Paul may put up numbers fantasy players will love. The Clippers will be entertaining, they will put up a lot of points.

But they have been knocked down a tier or two from contender status. They will still be a playoff team in the West, likely a 4-7 seed, but unless they find a new defensive anchor it’s hard to imagine them challenging San Antonio, Golden State or Oklahoma City. That’s what the summer “F” gets them.

Report: DeAndre Jordan was tired of Chris Paul not giving him high-fives

DeAndre Jordan, Chris Paul

DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul’s rift, though denied by Doc Rivers and Dahntay Jones, has been reported, re-reported and re-re-reported.

Considering Jordan sacrificed money to join what I think will be Mavericks team worse than the Clippers would have been with him, it seems there’s something to the rift rumors.

Why don’t Jordan and Paul get along?

One report said Paul didn’t respect Jordan’s free-throw practice habits. Here’s another reason.

Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN:

He was tired of Paul’s constant barking and petty gestures, like distributing high-fives to the three other guys on the floor following a timeout but somehow freezing out Jordan.

Paul is a great player, the best point guard of his generation.

But, sometimes, he just hurts his own cause.

His flopping and near-constant whining to referees is off-putting. Each time, he acts genuinely shocked and hurt the officials don’t agree with his point of view.

Likewise, it seemed Paul couldn’t accept Jordan had a different outlook than him on life and basketball. To be sure, some of that is merely Paul’s perception. Jordan would not have come so far after being a second-round pick if he didn’t have a strong work ethic and focus. It might not have matched Paul’s all-time great drive, but that’s an unfair standard. Paul should have done a better job making Jordan feel welcome.

Now Paul and the remaining Clippers will suffer the consequences – trying to get back on track without a good answer for a replacement center.