The following tweets should tell you all you need to know about how well the NBA negotiations went on Black Friday/early-Saturday morning.
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CHRISTMAS COME EARLY CLIPPER NATION!!
So glad we’re not wasting another season of Blake!
I had almost given up hope. I told my friend two weeks ago that I thought the season was lost. Glad to see I was wrong. It’s going to be critical that we fill the small forward spot for this year, any type of slow start will be a disaster. We cannot afford to figure things out. 66 games will make each game even more important. I’m so excited to see Gordon and Blake take this team to the next level.
Also I think that a shortened free agency helps us sign Jordan at a better price. There isn’t going to be time for the week long decesiom once he signs on offer sheet or even enough time to shop for the best price. He might even sign the best deal he thinks he can get just so the money doesnt dry up.
Lastly I’m Looking toward to this blog going crazy again with crazy comments and great analysis. Go Clippers!
Fans should be upset not relieved. This stupid circus show put on by both the Players’ Union and Owners was ridiculous.
OK, is it just me or do we think the Clippers will use this shortened free agency period an excuse not to land a veteran small forward? Hope the guys are in shape!
I haven’t seen anything about what the two sides agreed to on long term guarenteed contracts (the kind that seriously hurt a franchise when the player goes bad, like Davis did with the Clippers). Does anybody know if that has changed?
The free agency period starts Dec 9 and games start about two weeks later. That doesn’t leave much time to sign a free agent and fit him into the team before the season starts.
It’s going to be interesting to see what happens with DeAndre Jordan and Chris Kaman during that two weeks. I have no doubt some team will offer Jordan a lot of money, far more than he’s worth. Then what do the Clippers do? The best thing is to sign him and trade him, either to the team that offered him the contract or to another team in a trade, like to Orlando as part of the Dwight Howard trade.
The worst thing is to sign him and keep him. Jordan is not good and he’s not going to get good and all those here who think he is or will get good are doing nothing but pipedreaming. Signing him and keeping him will turn into a disaster much like the Davis deal did. It will ruin the salary cap, and it will ruin the Clippers chances for signing star free agents and for trading for real stars (Dwight Howard) for years to come.
The Clippers have an engrained sense of “loseritus” to them. The desire to keep DeAndre Jordan comes out of that.
I don’t think it will be easy to trade Kaman because he’s a free agent at the end of the season and will leave whoever he’s traded to unless it’s an elite team. Kaman as a free agent will have his pick of contending teams to go to, for example Dallas and Miami. He likely would also sign with the Clippers if they want him, and if Dwight Howard goes somewhere other than to the Clippers, then the Clippers should resign Kaman.
Kaman probably is the best center in the Western conference (figuring that the good big men in the West play power forward). Jordan would probably be the worst starting center in the West.
So does this mean dwight howard will end up in free agency and cp3 can’t go to the knicks do are chances increase
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