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Carmelo to the Clippers?

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The Carmelo Anthony trade rumors have started their annual bustling. The oft-mentioned trade to Cleveland for Kevin Love has finally been shot down by the Cavaliers’ brass. Coming off the franchise’s first NBA Title, the team doesn’t need a big shake up like that and adding another ball stopper to their already iso-heavy offense never made much sense, anyway.

So now the rumor mill has turned west – to the LA Clippers, to be specific. A Melo-for-Blake Griffin swap makes financial and positional sense, but team autocrat Doc Rivers has dispelled any indication of trading one of the squad’s Big 3. This has led to the ever present “just add a third team” argument. But it’s not that simple.

Excluding Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, and DeAndre Jordan from any trade makes it nearly impossible to come up with equal value for Carmelo Anthony. The next best player on the team, JJ Redick, is on an expiring contract. So without an agreement from him to resign in the offseason, his value to the Knicks is greatly diminished. Austin Rivers holds the most value after that, but he’s never been anything more than an inconsistent role player. Oh, and the coach and GM of the Clippers is his father, which might make trading for him a bit messy. Beyond that, any draft pick the Clippers give up would fall at the bottom of the first round, undercutting its potential value.

In the best case scenario – Redick agrees to resign and Doc agrees to trade his son – is that even close to equal value for Melo? I understand New York’s eagerness to move on without Carmelo, but they won’t just give him away. “Add a third team,” you say. Well what team is giving up equal value for Carmelo Anthony if all they’re getting in return is a package centered around JJ Redick and Austin Rivers? Remember what New York gave up to get Carmelo in the first place? Multiple young, exciting players and a first round pick. No one is giving that up for Redick and Rivers. In this environment, you’d be hard pressed to even get a single high first round pick for that package.

Los Angeles doesn’t have enough talent to send away in a trade if they aren’t including one of their three best players, plain and simple. It doesn’t matter if those players get routed through a third party – that doesn’t increase their value. Other teams around the league have far better packages to offer. Boston can beat that without batting an eye. Even if Melo said he would only waive his no-trade clause for the Clippers, New York would be more likely to hold onto Melo than give him up for this package. Carmelo to the Clippers is a fun headline, but the Knicks would have to get desperate for this to actually materialize.

 

 

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Clippers Become First NBA Team to Offer Player GIF Stickers for Instagram Stories

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The Los Angeles Clippers have become the first NBA team to capitalize on the social media power of Instagram, and their ‘Stories’ feature, as they will offer player GIF stickers for Instagram stories.

The Clippers venture into this sector of the social media marketing world is notable, as it will allow fans to express their fandom in a whole new way.

GIFs, emojis, and emotes are growing in popularity across sports, social media, internet marketing, and even gaming, where they are used on Twitch streams and are even a method of Twitch promotion.

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Clippers Sign Patch Deal With Dating App Bumble

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It looks like the Los Angeles Clippers are in the dating game, thanks to a new deal with dating app Bumble.

According to ESPN’s Darrell Rovell, the Clippers signed a patch deal with Bumble, a popular dating app focused on friendship and business convos, allowing women to control the dialogue by allowing them to message first in order to initial conversation.

The Clippers will debut the patch on Tuesday night against the New Orleans Pelicans and are calling the Bumble path an “empowerment badge,” pledging to invest in promoting gender equality.

“We wanted to do something where we could really stand out and do something meaningful,” Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said. “The way it is positioned it becomes part of the game, so it’s an opportunity to have more meaning for everybody.”

“We’ve had tremendous respect for the team that Steve built,” said Whitney Wolfe Herd, founder and CEO of Bumble. “The amount of women he has in leadership positions is not something you typically see in sports.”

Ballmer stated that they will work together to expanding their programming towards furthering women in the work place and building a strong mentoring network.

“If all you are doing is selling ad space, that’s not a bad thing,” Ballmer said. “But if we are going a step further and building joint experiences with our sponsors that allow us to bring alive what we do and they do, you can’t do better than that.”

Ballmer used their promotion with Chick fil-A as an example.

“We can sell signage to Chick fil-A in the arena, but if we do it the way we do it, it’s much more impactful,” Ballmer said. “We feel the same way about what we are going to do with Bumble.”

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The Clippers Divide: Chris Paul Rift With Doc Rivers Motivated Departure

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Now that Chris Paul is officially a member of the Houston Rockets there will be a myriad of reports trying to break down the “hows” and “whys” of the departure of a future Hall of Fame point guard from a team that desperately needs his presence.

Let’s face it, the Los Angeles Clippers have been in a rut the past few seasons. Haunted by the ghost of NBA playoff shortcomings and frustrated that their potential was never fully realized on the floor.

While the Clippers were good, they should have been great.

And now that Paul has bolted Los Angeles to join James Harden in Houston, the details have started emerging as to what really went wrong, besides the disappointing seasons, in Los Angeles.

Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical stated that “Paul had a strong desire to play” with Harden, which motivated the Clippers to trade their franchise cornerstone. Los Angeles didn’t want to lose Paul without any compensation.

But Clippers’ head coach Doc Rivers had a more interesting and direct take on Paul’s departure.

“He left because he wanted to be with James Harden,” Rivers said, per Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times (h/t Bleacher Report).

“Let’s not get that twisted. I wish him well. I have no problem with that.”

Rivers had this to say about the compensation for Paul; “Under the circumstances, I thought we did terrific. Getting Patrick Beverley and Dekker and Montrezl was very important for us.”

But Rivers wasn’t done with sounding off on the trade.

“He [Paul] left because of DJ [DeAndre Jordan], he left because of Blake [Griffin] and now he left because of Austin [Rivers],” Rivers said.

“We know he didn’t leave because of that.”

“I hate the way it ended” Rivers said. “I wish we could have ended it better, as far as winning. But as a franchise, we love where we’re at.”

SportsCenter’s Michael Eaves reported Wednesday that Paul and some teammates felt that Austin Rivers acted entitled because his father (Doc Rivers) was the coach and president of basketball operations, and that Doc coddled and favored Austin.

Eaves went on to site a source that claimed “Chris despises Doc,”.

“It led to resentment within the locker room, which often played out during games,” Eaves reported on his Facebook page.

“One of Paul’s biggest contentions with Doc was that Paul, and other players, felt Doc treated Austin more favorably than other players. He would yell at guys for certain things during games and practices but not get on Austin in the same manner for similar transgressions.”

Paul was also miffed that Rivers rejected a trade that would have landed New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Sasha Vujacic. The Clippers would have had to part with Jamal Crawford, Paul Pierce and Austin Rivers.

Doc’s decision apparently showed Paul that Doc was more interested in keeping his son on the roster than acquiring the talent necessary to put the team in a better position for postseason success.

Austin has responded on Twitter to the reports.

Now Houston is moving on to the next phase of what should be an aggressive offseason.

According to ESPN.com’s Tim MacMahon, the Rockets “think they are getting Carmelo Anthony or Paul George.”

The Clippers will now how to turn their attention to Blake Griffin and rebuilding a franchise in distress with the departure of one of the all-time greats.

 

 

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