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Clippers’ Dahntay Jones: There’s no rift between Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan


Things like this tend to surface if a guy is coming up for free agency (and that means people have agenda’s to leak things):

Reports said Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan had a rift. It was centered around the lack of work Jordan put in to get better at free throws.

There’s nothing to the report, if you ask the Clippers’ Dahntay Jones. Which TMZ did.

There is NO rift between Chris Paul & DeAndre Jordan … despite reports to the contrary, so says Clippers teammate Dahntay Jones who tells TMZ Sports the L.A. superstars are still like “brothers.”

“Guys fight and argue on the court, but that’s just the emotion of the game,” Jones says … “but people want to blow things out of proportion.”

“Those guys are brothers, man. They sit with each other on the plane, on the bus. If you don’t like a guy you stay away from him.”

Is there a rift? The reality, like most things in life, lies somewhere in the middle. Paul and Jordan have had their moments, but that is certainly different from something that carries over for any length of time.

The real question: Is this rift deep enough to have free agent to be Jordan seriously look elsewhere?

I can think of 109 million reasons Jordan can probably get past any issues. Doc Rivers says Jordan will get a max contract offer from the Clippers, and that’s hard to walk away from.

Stephen Curry, LeBron James unanimous choices, lead All-NBA First Team

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This is bigger than the All-Star Game for a lot of players. Because it’s more exclusive.

Only six guards, six forwards and three centers get to make the All-NBA team, it is the cream that has risen to the top of the NBA.

No shock, LeBron James and freshly-minted MVP Stephen Curry were unanimous choices to make the first team — if you put together a ballot and they’re not on it you’re doing it wrong. This is also the first First Team vote for Anthony Davis, who earned this spot based on his historic season and carrying the Pelicans to the playoffs.

No Hawks made the list — the team ball concepts can hurt come time for individual awards. Fair or not.

Here is the full list. The two forwards are listed first, followed by the center, then the two guards. After the players team is the number of first team votes (in parenthesis) and total points.


LeBron James, Cleveland (129) 645
Anthony Davis, New Orleans (119) 625
Marc Gasol, Memphis (65) 453
Stephen Curry, Golden State (129) 645
James Harden, Houston (125) 637


LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland (13) 390
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento (18) 220
Pau Gasol, Chicago (15) 242
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City (10) 397
Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers (1) 335


Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers (2) 189
Tim Duncan, San Antonio (6) 167
DeAndre Jordan, L.A. Clippers (12) 175
Klay Thompson, Golden State 122
Kyrie Irving, Cleveland 112

Other players receiving votes, with point totals (First Team votes in parentheses): Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio, 155; Paul Millsap, Atlanta, 70; Al Horford, Atlanta, 64 (1); John Wall, Washington, 50; Jimmy Butler, Chicago, 32; Damian Lillard, Portland, 22; Draymond Green, Golden State, 9; Zach Randolph, Memphis, 7; Jeff Teague, Atlanta, 7; Andrew Bogut, Golden State, 6; Nikola Vucevic, Orlando, 6; DeMar DeRozan, Toronto, 3; Rudy Gay, Sacramento, 3; Andre Drummond, Detroit, 2; Gordon Hayward, Utah, 2; Kyle Korver, Atlanta, 2; Joakim Noah, Chicago, 2; Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas, 2; Dwyane Wade, Miami, 2; Carmelo Anthony, New York, 1; Tyson Chandler, Dallas, 1; Mike Conley, Memphis, 1; Brook Lopez, Brooklyn, 1; Kevin Love, Cleveland, 1; Kyle Lowry, Toronto, 1; Khris Middleton, Milwaukee, 1.

Doc Rivers says Clippers will offer DeAndre Jordan a max contract

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There are signs DeAndre Jordan will leave the Clippers in free agency this summer.

He said he’d explore the market, reportedly including the Mavericks. He and Chris Paul reportedly had a falling out. Given a chance to express his affection for the franchise, Jordan offered: “I’ve been here for seven years, so this is what I’m used to.”

But there’s a big reason he’d stay in Los Angels – money.

The Clippers project to be able to offer Jordan about $109 million over five years. His max with another team projects to be about $81 million over four years.

There has been a little hemming and hawing about whether Jordan deserves the max. Not from Doc Rivers, though.

Arash Markazi of ESPN:

Jordan is absolutely worth a max contract.

Sure, he’s an awful free-throw shooter and doesn’t score much away from the rim. But he’s elite at creating basketball’s most-efficient shots (dunks) and grabbing offensive rebounding. Being great at one or two skills can be more important than being slightly above average at many. Plus, he’s a good, though overrated, defender.

Importantly, the Clippers can’t afford to let him leave. That’s why offering him the max from the jump is the correct strategy.

Will it be enough?

Jordan said he wouldn’t seek a one-year deal before the salary cap skyrockets in 2016, which limits the possibilities. Here are the projected max amounts he can receive from the Clippers (red) and another team (blue):


Season Re-sign Sign elsewhere
2015-16 $19,027,800 $19,027,800
2016-17 $20,454,885 $19,884,051
2017-18 $21,881,970 $20,740,302
2018-19 $23,309,055 $21,596,553
2019-20 $24,736,140
Total $109,409,850 $81,248,706
Average $21,881,970 $20,312,177

If Jordan signs a max deal elsewhere, he’ll be 30 when he next hits free agency. He probably can recoup some salary in 2019-20, though it’s far from a lock he’ll get nearly $25 million at that point.

Jordan would definitely be forgoing money and security by leaving. But if he wants to go, he wants to go.

Rivers is at least playing the most powerful card in his hand to convince Jordan to stay.