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Chris Paul would re-sign with the Clippers if Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett are traded to the team, sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The Clippers wouldn't be pursuing a deal of this magnitude without sign-off from their star, and landing both Rivers and Garnett would secure Paul's future in Los Angeles. It seems obvious, but it's worth noting after Paul was reportedly upset about how the team blamed Vinny Del Negro's firing on him.
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A source tells ESPN that impending free agent Chris Paul is "unlikely" to leave the Clippers.
Paul has reportedly gotten over his anger with owner Donald Sterling for throwing him under the bus during the Vinny Del Negro firing. He reportedly likes living in Los Angeles, as well. The best way for Paul to end up as a teammate with Dwight Howard would be for the Clippers to somehow clear enough cap space to sign both. They'd have to get rid of Blake Griffin and others to do that. It's an extreme longshot.
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Doc Rivers would be the Clippers' top choice if he's available, but the team has not sought permission to speak with him, according a report in the Los Angeles Times.
Rivers' future is the hot story of the week, with multiple reports stating Rivers is wary of heading up a rebuilding effort in Boston. If Rivers does decide he doesn't want to coach the Celtics, he would obviously jump to the top of most team's coaching wish lists. However, any attempt by the Clippers to acquire Rivers as coach would reportedly be fraught with obstacles, including the Celtics' compensation demand and Rivers' high annual salary. At this point, any speculation is just that and we're taking every report involving Rivers with a hefty grain of salt for now.
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The NBA has fined the Kings for comments deemed to be "tampering" in relation to impending free agent Chris Paul.
In new coach Mike Malone's introductory press conference, he said Paul "would look good in a Kings uniform." It's a silly slap on the wrist made even sillier by the fact that Paul would never sign with the Kings. The Rockets and Hawks were also fined by the NBA for tampering.
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The Clippers have lined up interviews with four head coach candidates this week, including Brian Shaw, Byron Scott, Lionel Hollins and Nate McMillan.
We've known for weeks about the Clippers' interest in all four candidates, so the names arent' surprising, but the rapid succession of interviews suggests that L.A. is nearing a pinch point in their coaching search. The candidates are all expected to meet with owner Donald Sterling after interviewing with Clippers' executives.
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The Rockets will pursue Chris Paul in free agency as well as Dwight Howard, a source told the Houston Chronicle.
Jeremy Lin said earlier in the offseason that he wouldn't mind coming off the bench, and he most certainly would if the team could land Paul. CP3 is fully expected to shop his services around like Howard will and it sounds like the Rockets will get a chance to make their sales pitch to each. A big three of James Harden, Howard and Paul would send a message to the rest of the NBA that Houston is very much for real.
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Clippers owner Donald Sterling is a big fan of George Karl, but the team's front office prefers Brian Shaw for the team's head coach position, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Two NBA executives told the Times that Karl is a "strong candidate" for the Clippers job. Sterling is reportedly enamored with Karl in part because he won Coach of the Year with a Nuggets team that was largely devoid of superstars and won 57 games based more on the sum of its parts. Meanwhile, VP of basketball operations Gary Sacks and director of basketball ops Eric Miller prefer Shaw and would like to set up a face-to-face interview with Shaw for early next week, according to the report. No matter who they choose to pursue, the Clippers are facing competition for both candidates. The Nets are reportedly going all-in on Shaw, while Karl and the Grizzlies have reportedly already had informal discussions.
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The Hawks mentioned impending free agents Chris Paul and Dwight Howard by name in a recent letter to prospective ticket buyers.
Someone is going to get fired over this possible violation of the NBA's tampering policy. Paul and Howard are still property of their respective teams until July 1. "The buzz around our offseason is more than heating up," read the letter. "With massive cap space, 4 draft picks, and free agency rapidly approaching, we sit in the best position in the NBA. Player interest is skyrocketing as the possibilities of landing Chris Paul & Dwight Howard become more and more of a reality. ... This is your opportunity to get on board before its (sic) too late. Once we solidify our signings there will be no seats left."
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The Clippers' pursuit of Jeff Van Gundy has stalled, according to Yahoo! Sports, but Lionel Hollins contacted the Clips on Monday to express his interest in the job.
Hollins said early on Monday he wants to stay in Memphis and was shocked that the team gave him permission to speak with other teams, but it didn't take him long to reach out to L.A. Byron Scott, Alvin Gentry and George Karl have also been mentioned as possible replacements for Vinny Del Negro, though there are no indications that Karl will leave Denver this summer.
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The Clippers say the decision to part ways with Vinny Del Negro was an "organizational decision" and not done at the request of Chris Paul.
The Paul/Del Negro story has gone from ugly to embarrassing in roughly 24 hours. At first, Paul was reportedly angry at the club because he was being blamed for Del Negro's dismissal after owner Donald Sterling made inflammatory comments about appeasing players. A source later told ESPN that Paul actually refused to get involved in the Clippers' decision-making process, which led to the vice president of basketball ops coming out and saying Paul was not involved in the decision. Paul, who will be a free agent July1, is still expected to re-sign with the Clippers, but this fiasco certainly isn't helping his or the team's public image.