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Clippers sign Branden Dawson, get hidden savings

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The Clippers entered the 2015 NBA draft without any picks, but they bought the No. 55 selection – used to draft Branden Dawson – for $630,000.

The former Michigan State forward has played well in summer league, so the Clippers aren’t letting their investment go to waste.

Clippers release:

The L.A. Clippers announced today the team has signed forward Branden Dawson.

Presumably, Dawson got a minimum contract, because that’s all the Clippers have to offer. They’ll get extra savings because they drafted him rather than hoping he’d sign as undrafted free agent.

Undrafted players making less than the minimum salary for a third-year player ($947,276) count toward the luxury tax at the minimum salary for a third-year player .

Drafted players making less than the minimum salary for a third-year player ($947,276) count toward the luxury tax at their actual salary.

So, Dawson – whose rookie minimum salary is $525,093 – will count just $525,093 toward the luxury tax as opposed to $947,276 if he had been undrafted but received the exact same contract.

Considering the tax bracket the Clippers project to reach, that’s a tax savings of $1,055,458 – more than they paid for the draft pick used on Dawson.

On the court, Dawson is a steady defender and rebounder with glaring holes in his game, mainly shooting and dribbling. He could find situational minutes behind Paul Pierce and Wesley Johnson.

It’s official: DeAndre Jordan has re-signed with Clippers; Mavericks are screwed

Los Angeles Clippers v Houston Rockets - Game Seven

We’ve known this was coming for hours, ever since Blake Griffin barricaded the door (that was a joke people):

DeAndre Jordan has officially re-signed with the Los Angeles Clippers, something the team announced on Twitter.

Or, fittingly today, if you prefer the news in emoji form, here it is complete with a new grade from J.J. Redick.

This is a four-year max deal for $87.7 million with an opt-out after three years, something first reported by Sam Amick of the USA Today. So, the argument this was about the money or security goes out the window, Jordan took the same deal Dallas was offering just with larger raises (but more state taxes).

Five days ago Jordan announced he had chosen the Dallas Mavericks over the Clippers and the reason was he felt wanted — the Clippers had taken him for granted, they didn’t feature him enough in the offense, and all the glory went to Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. Jordan felt CP3 dismissed him. Dallas promised him a larger role, showed him he was wanted, told him he would be featured.

But a few days later, Jordan — who was always torn on his choice — started to have buyer’s remorse. He let Doc Rivers and some Clippers players know that. He said (or at least the Clippers’ spin) he felt is agent Dan Fegan — who has an excellent relationship with Cuban — pushed him to Dallas. (Sources close to the agent deny this.)

With the NBA’s moratorium at the start of free agency — eight days where teams and players could negotiate but no binding deal can be signed — a desperate Clippers team had an opening.

The Clippers decided to make a push to get Jordan to change his mind, and it led to one of the wildest days of free agency ever. Rivers, owner Steve Ballmer, plus Paul, Blake Griffin, J.J. Redick and Paul Pierce flew to Houston to meet with Jordan. Mark Cuban and Chandler Parsons from the Mavs tried to get there too. There was a hysterical emoji travel showdown.

The Clippers got their meeting, Chris Paul was apparently very emotional and said he thought he and Jordan were brothers and he wanted to make any perceived slights right. But by then, Jordan had already made up his mind. He didn’t need much persuading. The Clippers players started playing cards and hanging out. There were video game contests.

But they wouldn’t leave until Jordan signed the papers. The Clippers stayed until midnight Eastern, and Jordan never even took a call or spoke to Cuban.

There is going to be a lot of fall out. There were a lot of signings agreed to, and deals made as a cascade effect of Jordan saying he would go to Dallas, and it’s not just Cuban who is an angry owner. Other teams did not like how this went down. Expect some push to change the moratorium system.

On the court, Dallas is screwed as they have no recourse to begin to fill in the role Jordan was to play, the top free agents are off the bord. They had Jordan and Wesley Matthews (who is still signing with the Mavs) but if they had not gotten those two free agents to come to Dallas, Cuban has said Dallas night have stripped it down and gone for the draft pick this year. Now, instead, they are a pretty good team, but in the West pretty good is first round and out. At best. More than likely the Mavs are in the lottery.

There is going to be a lot of hatred for the Clippers and Jordan, who went back on his word. The first game in Dallas is going to be a deafening set of boos. Jordan brought all of that on himself.

The Clippers do not care. They got their guy and with him they are legit title contenders. Chris Paul summed it up this way.

"Believe only half of what you see, and nothing that you hear" -Edgar Allan Poe

A photo posted by Chris Paul (@cp3) on


Report: DeAndre Jordan tells Clippers he will re-sign with them, but they aren’t leaving until he does

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 17:  DeAndre Jordan #6 of the Los Angeles Clippers reacts in the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets during Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinals at the Toyota Center for the 2015 NBA Playoffs on May 17, 2015 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Somebody better order in Thai food, DeAndre Jordan has some house guests.

The Clippers came over to Jordan’s Houston home this afternoon to try and salvage their summer and chance at contending. Owner Steve Ballmer, coach Doc Rivers, plus Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and Paul Pierce pitched Jordan on changing his mind and re-signing with Clippers — and now like your drunk uncle on Christmas they will not leave. The Clippers are staying until he signs on the line that is dotted.

Jordan told then he would re-sign with the Clippers, going back on his verbal agreement with the Dallas Mavericks, according to multiple reports. Dallas owner Mark Cuban wants to meet with Jordan, Jordan’s agent Dan Fegan would like to get in the door, and none of it is happening (although he has to eventually to certify the contract). Jordan isn’t even taking phone calls from Cuban or Chandler Parsons. Here’s the latest reports.

The Clippers are not taking any chances. If Doc Rivers was building a moat around DJ’s home I wouldn’t be shocked at this point. It’s gotten to the point Blake Griffin is winning twitter with jokes.

This is a violation of the unwritten NBA code that once a player commits to a team they are off-limits — there are a number of other teams not happy about this. Plus other teams fear the cascade effect — will Dallas with its newfound cap space try to poach other guys that agreed to deals? There is concern this could become college football recruiting, where the first verbal commitment doesn’t stop the recruiting efforts of rivals.

If there is blame it is on Jordan — he made a choice, changed his mind, now will not stand face-to-face with the team he’s breaking up with and tell them.

The Clippers do not care. They note that Jordan started this — he called Doc Rivers and players saying he was unsure. Plus, let’s be honest, people are far more likely to bend/ignore rules when more is on the line, and for the Clippers their shot at contending for a title is on the line here.

Report: Clippers stalling with DeAndre Jordan as Mavericks await their turn with center

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The Clippers – including Doc Rivers, Steve Ballmer, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, J.J. Redick and Paul Pierce – reportedly met with DeAndre Jordan today about flipping the center’s commitment to the Mavericks.

Dallas owner Mark Cuban wants his turn with Jordan, but the Clippers apparently aren’t accommodating.

Chris Broussard of ESPN:

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com:

This saga just gets better and better.

  • Jordan: Well, I better be going now.
  • Rivers: Did I mention how many plays will feature you on offense?
  • Jordan: Yeah, you did.
  • Rivers: But did I go over each in detail?
  • Jordan: Well, not exactly…
  • Rivers: Great! Let’s do that. Let’s start with a 1-5 pick-and-roll…

An hour later:

  • Jordan: OK, coach. That was great, but now I really ought to go.
  • Griffin: Hey, where’s the bathroom around here?
  • Jordan: Around the corner.
  • Griffin: Great. I’ll be just a minute.

Fifteen minutes later:

  • Jordan: OK, this is getting ridiculous. I’ve got to go.
  • Paul: [lifts hand for high-five]
  • Jordan: Surprised smile
  • Jordan: Open-mouthed smile

Reports: Clippers players confident DeAndre Jordan will return to Los Angeles

Los Angeles Clippers v Houston Rockets - Game Seven

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.