From Art Thompson III in the Orange County Register:

Bill Strickland, Knight’s agent, said Friday he has had several discussions with Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy and that the Clippers made a preliminary contract offer.

"It’s going to be a continuing process. We’re trying to work around a (contract) number,’’ said Strickland, when asked if there was anything imminent on the horizon. "But I have to say that we’re very interested in the Clippers."

Several other teams have expressed interest in Knight. Strickland declined to name them, but one might be the Miami Heat, which is in desperate need of a point guard and, like the Clippers, was pursuing Steve Francis, who chose to sign Thursday with the Houston Rockets.

"The Clippers are at the top of Brevin’s list," Strickland said. "I’m very optimistic that something can be worked out, but I’ve been in this business long enough to know that nothing is final until a contract is signed."

...The Clippers have their entire mid-level exception of $5.25 million to offer but it is unlikely they would give that entire amount to Knight, who made $4.2 million last season.

In addition to help in the backcourt Knight -- to the extent that he stays healthy -- will provide a source of endless puns to headline writers across southern California.