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Report: Clippers, Lou Williams discuss contract extension

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The Clippers are in an unusual place with DeAndre Jordan, having discussed extending or trading the veteran.

Apparently, they’re also exploring both paths with Lou Williams.

Williams – front-runner for Sixth Man of the Year – is a hot trade candidate. Earning $7 million in the final year of his contract, he could help a lot of winning teams off the bench. The Clippers have been resilient amid all their injuries, but they’re still outside playoff position. At some point, they might be better off selling.

Or locking up Williams long-term.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

The largest extension Williams could sign is four years, $37,632,000 $41,965,056 (hat tip: Jeff Siegel of The Step Back). My gut reaction: That’s not enough, even for a 31-year-old.

But I might colored by just watching him drop 50. It’s not necessarily a coincidence extension talks leaked when perception of Williams is peaking.

The non-taxpayer mid-level exception projects to be worth about $36.8 million over four years, and that might be Williams’ slot as an unrestricted free agent next summer. Teams with cap space might swing at bigger fish. So, an extension could at least be in the reasonable range.

Of course, an extension that large would take Williams off the trade market for six months – well past next month’s trade deadline. He could ink a smaller deal – up to two years, $15,067,500 – that would leave him trade-eligible. But that’s probably a non-starter. If he signs an extension, it’s because he wants to stay with the Clippers.

Should they want him long-term? It’d be costly and increase luxury-tax concerns for next season. But they’re so far down the road toward trying to win now, it’s hard to turn back.

“Ray Allen from long distance” with chip shot to save par at American Century Classic

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“Ray Allen from long distance, how many times have we said that?”

Ray Allen had a good weekend at the American Century Championships, the former NBA sharpshooter and future Hall of Famer finished third in the celebrity golf event. One of the reasons he was there, this chip shot on 13 Sunday.

Former Cowboy’s quarterback Tony Romo won the event, with former MLB pitcher Mark Mulder was second.

LeBron James sits courtside for Lakers’ Summer League win

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There are two, maybe three guys playing for the Lakers in Summer League likely to be sharing a locker room with LeBron James next season — Isaac Bonga and Josh Hart, with maybe Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and/or Alex Caruso. Only Hart could see the court much.

LeBron was still courtside on Sunday for a quarterfinal game at Summer League, showing his support and being a good teammate. He gave Hart a hug on the court. Brandon Ingram stopped by and talked with LeBron for a bit.

LeBron watched the Lakers continue their strong run through the Summer League, racking up a 101-78 win. LeBron was into it, when Mykhailiuk took a shot midway through the first quarter LeBron yelled, ‘cash only!”  The shot was nothing but net.

The Lakers are on to the Summer League semifinals. Los Angeles won the Vegas Summer League last year.

 

After losing to his father in golf, Stephen Curry leaps into Lake Tahoe

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Golf fanatic Stephen Curry was clearly enjoying himself on the links at the American Century Championship celebrity golf event in Lake Tahoe this past weekend.

But he couldn’t beat his father, Dell.

The price? Curry (and his caddy) had to jump in the lake. Check out the video above.

For the record, Tony Romo won the event.

 

Spurs’ pick Chimezie Metu to miss time with fractured wrist

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Chimezie Metu showed some promise in the Summer League games he played for San Antonio, scoring 12.5 points a game on 55 percent shooting in Las Vegas, and 10.7 per game on 54 percent shooting in Salt Lake City. The second round pick of the Spurs (No. 49 overall) is raw and needs a lot of development, but he can get buckets. The potential is there.

That development is going to be on hold a while, as what was thought to be a sprained wrist has turned out to be a fracture.

From Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News.

After an examination Saturday, the Spurs medical staff downgraded second-round pick Chimezie Metu’s left wrist injury from a sprain to a fracture, a league source said Saturday.

Metu was injured late in the Spurs’ 95-90 win over Washington on July 8 at the Las Vegas Summer League, when he landed awkwardly after leaping to catch a lob pass at the rim. The 6-foot-10 big man finished the game but was sidelined for the remainder of the schedule.

After undergoing X-rays at the Thomas & Mack Center, Metu was diagnosed with a sprain. But Spurs’ team doctors suspected a possible fracture, which was confirmed after Metu returned to San Antonio on Saturday.

Metu should be good to go by training camp. Metu is hoping his summer and training camp play will earn him a roster spot, although the Spurs tend not to sign second-round picks the year they were drafted (they tend to let them spend a year or two in the G-League or in Europe). A lot of his chances on making the roster depend on any other moves the Spurs make this summer and what their roster looks like come the fall.