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Philadelphia 76ers v Los Angeles Clippers

Clippers waive Jordan Farmar, clearing way for Austin Rivers, likely others


Jordan Farmar, a backup for Chris Paul at the point for the Clippers, has been officially waived, it was announced on Friday.

This was expected, it was part of a house cleaning for the Clippers that included Austin Rivers joining the team — he will become the first son to play for his coach father in NBA history — and likely others players down the line. Austin Rivers was not with the team at shootaround but is expected to be available Friday night when the Clippers face the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Farmar is now an unrestricted free agent, he didn’t play particularly well as a backup to CP3 — scored 4.6 points a game on 38 percent shooting, had a PER of 10 — but it is possible another team picks him up.

The thing is, Austin Rivers is not really much of an upgrade. Certainly not one that would require sending out Reggie Bullock and Chris Douglas-Roberts plus a pick to get the trade done. While a lot of nepotism questions were raised, Sam Amick of the USA Today posted another rumor.

That really applies more to Farmar than CDR, but in both cases this was about trying to improve the chemistry and clearing space on the roster for future moves. That said, giving up a nice trade chip in Reggie Bullock to bring in a new backup point guard playing less than 15 minutes a night really the smart move here?

The Clippers are looking to bring in other players being waived as well. Tayshaun Prince’s name has come up and he is not alone.

If you have chemistry issues, do you want to introduce the big personality and unrepentant gunner on the court to the mix in Robinson?

The Clippers are looking for something because this team is not what they hoped it would be coming into the season — a true contender.

Five Things We Learned in NBA Thursday: Doc Rivers the coach should be mad at Doc Rivers the GM

New York Knicks v Los Angeles Clippers

If you watch closely every night in the NBA you can learn a little something. We know you are busy and can’t keep up with every game, so we’re here to help with those lessons from another night in the Association. Here’s what you missed while clearing your schedule for the Saturday Night Live marathon

1) Doc Rivers the GM is making it very hard for Doc Rivers the coach. I thought this season the Clippers would take a step forward. Last year they built a foundation, this season they would build on that and move into to true contender status. I was wrong. At least so far. The Clippers are not a bad team by any stretch — they’re 26-13 with two of the top dozen players in the world — but they have not looked the part of contender. One issue is defense, specifically consistency of effort on the defensive end.

But the other issue is depth and lack of good play from the three spot. Which is why the trade the Clippers finalized Thursday makes no sense — they traded two wing players (Reggie Bullock and Chris Douglas-Roberts) plus a draft pick to get a combo guard in Austin Rivers. Is Rivers an upgrade over Jordan Farmar? I would say it’s a wash, save that Rivers is younger and maybe can be developed into something. But GM Doc Rivers traded away two players at a position of need — not great players, but players — for one lateral move at a position where they were okay. Outside of nepotism I don’t see any logic behind this. Even if the Clippers round out the roster with free agents such as Nate Robinson and Tayshaun Prince, that doesn’t make this trade logical. Doc Rivers the coach should be pissed at Doc Rivers the GM.

2) James Harden wants your MVP vote. This was more than James Harden reminding Sam Presti and Thunder fans what they are missing, this was Harden making his MVP case on the big stage of a Thursday night, nationally televised game against another contender. Harden had 19 points in the first quarter (the Rockets had 40) and finished with 31 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds. Harden can always attack and get to the line, but when his three is falling — he was 6-of-8 — you can’t defend him. Harden was also 7-of-10 on contested shots, he just could not miss. Most observers have Stephen Curry and Harden as the top two people on their MVP ballot at the midway point, Harden just came out and made his case Thursday.

3) It’s still fun to watch Kobe Bryant and LeBron James go at each other. We’re not going to get to see nights like this again for very long, where two of the greats of the game go at each other head-to-head, jawing with each other through it all. And with a smile on their face the whole time. LeBron and Kobe put on a great show (the Cavs won), we need to savor these moments when they happen.

4) The Phoenix Suns just make smart little pickups. Out of today’s Austin Rivers’ trade Phoenix picks up Reggie Bullock for next to nothing. That is the kind of move a smart team makes. Bullock is in his second season and hasn’t been able to really crack the Clippers rotation, but he has shown promise. Last season he was raw and not ready, this season his shooting numbers improved (including 38.5 percent from three) and he continues to show flashes of what he can do as a defender. Doc has the Clippers in a win-now place and just couldn’t give the minutes to develop. The Suns can give him some run (in a more open system) and he could thrive there and become part of their rotation. Oh, and he’s still on his rookie contract.

5) Knicks are horrid no matter what continent you put them on. Carmelo Anthony was back — he wanted to be on the big international stage and he played fairly well putting up 25 points (although the rust showed on the eight turnovers). That doesn’t change the fact the Knicks are just hard to watch. With this game in London Knicks highlights should have the Benny Hill theme “Yakety Sax” as a soundtrack. The Bucks kept moving off the ball on offense and lost their man all game, the Knicks just watched them. The Bucks trust their system and are growing to trust their teammates. The Knicks… tear it down to build it back up. Phil Jackson did the right things with these recent trades, it’s a better plan than the quick fix option we have seen there for so long. But that doesn’t make this team with 16 straight losses any easier to watch.

Details of Austin Rivers trade emerge: Suns get Reggie Bullock, Celtics get Shavlik Randolph

Austin Rivers, Joey Dorsey, Josh Smith

Austin Rivers is finally headed to play for his dad in Los Angeles. After an earlier report that the Suns were getting involved in the deal with the Clippers and Celtics, details have emerged via various reports.

Here are the core pieces of the deal, from RealGM.com’s Shams Charania:

The Orange County Register‘s Dan Woike reports that Clippers forward Chris Douglas-Roberts is also headed to Boston in the deal:

The Boston Herald‘s Mark Murphy reports that Douglas-Roberts will be waived by the Celtics once the deal is complete, and that the Celtics are also getting a 2017 second-round pick from the Clippers in return for Rivers.

And finally, ESPN.com’s Arash Markazi reports that the Clippers will look to trade point guard Jordan Farmar but more likely will waive him.

So, that’s a lot to digest. The Celtics got a pick out of it. Danny Ainge likes picks. For the Suns, it’s a free look at Bullock, a former first-round pick who hasn’t played much with the Clippers. There’s no reason for them not to do the deal.

As for the Clippers, this trade only underscores how much of a disaster Doc Rivers’ tenure as GM has been. They gave up two wings, their biggest position of need, and a future second-round pick, to trade for his son, who doesn’t fill a need for them at all. It’s just the latest in a line of catastrophic moves Rivers has made, most notably hard-capping the team with the signing of Spencer Hawes, who’s been awful.

We’ll see what the final trade looks like when the dust settles, but it’s not looking great for the Clippers.

Report: Celtics buy out Nate Robinson

Nate Robinson, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo

The Celtics traded for Nate Robinson, but they didn’t really want him.

They just wanted to unload Jameer Nelson, who had a player option for next season, for Robinson’s expiring contract. Boston has no use for those aging players during its rebuilding.

That’s why Robinson won’t suit up for the Celtics for a second stint with the franchise.

Sam Amick of USA Today:

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The Clippers, where he’d reunite with Doc Rivers, have been a rumored destination for Robinson. They have a full roster of 15 players, but Dahntay Jones is on just a 10-day contract, and Robinson will need a couple days to clear waivers anyway.

Robinson struggled this season with the Nuggets, but Jordan Farmar hasn’t exactly thrived in Los Angeles, either. At minimum, Robinson provides a different, higher-energy option.

If the Clippers add Robinson, that could complicate their pursuit of Austin Rivers, a process which is already fairly complicated.

Rumor: Kings looking to make minor deal, Ramon Sessions available

Milwaukee Bucks v Sacramento Kings

Ramon Sessions has long been a solid reserve point guard — aggressive coming off the pick-and-roll, he knows how to get to the line and is a solid floor general. However, this year in Sacramento he has taken a step back — he is shooting just 35.3 percent, he’s getting to the line less often, and his PER has dropped to 9.6 (the kind of number that suggests he should be in the D-League).

So the Kings are testing the trade market for Sessions.

That’s the word from Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee.

Sessions has missed the last nine games with a back issue (it will be 10 Tuesday night), he’s going to have to prove he is healthy and can still play before any team is going to express interest.

The Clippers have not been in love with the production of Jordan Farmar backing up Chris Paul. The question is would a change of setting be the answer to Session’s woes? Also, Sessions does not bring any defense to the Clippers bench. The Clippers are likely more focused on fixing their issues at the three.

As for the Kings, this kind of move is fine but they clearly have bigger questions to answer. Like who is the coach next season? And what kind of team are they trying to build, anyway?