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Eric Gordon and Chris Kaman offer views on Clippers' new season

Guard supports teammates' assertion that the team will reach the playoffs this season, and talks about the pursuit of a contract extension. The center prefers to proceed with caution.

December 07, 2011|By Broderick Turner
  • Clippers guard Eric Gordon, left, drives on Minnesota's Kevin Love during a game in January. Gordon heads into the season in the final year of his contract.
Clippers guard Eric Gordon, left, drives on Minnesota's Kevin Love… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

Eric Gordon eased his way into the Clippers' training facility Wednesday, his first day there since the NBA lifted the lockout and allowed players to work out at team sites.

He talked about the high expectations the Clippers have and how he supports Mo Williams' and Blake Griffin's saying they will be in the playoffs this season.

Gordon also talked about the business of basketball, specifically the contract extension he's seeking.

The guard is in the final year of a contract that was supposed to pay him $3.8 million before the NBA shortened the season to 66 games.

Gordon probably will get a four-season deal in the range of $10 million to $12 million per season, according to several NBA executives who were not authorized to speak on the matter. Gordon would get raises of 7.5% each season, based on the new collective bargaining agreement.

Gordon was second on the team in scoring last season, averaging 22.3 points per game.

"Well, of course, you think about it," Gordon said of an extension. "But at this point, you definitely want to stay somewhere. I look forward to staying here. I'm not really worried about it. I've just got to come here and look forward to practice on Friday."

As much as Gordon wants to stay in Los Angeles, he's aware that his name was mentioned in trade talks.

The Clippers have been rumored as one of the teams trying to acquire New Orleans point guard Chris Paul. The Hornets asked about Gordon, but the Clippers refused to part with him.

"Wherever I end up is where you end up," Gordon said. "I really don't worry about that. It's whatever situation you're in, you step in and you overcome whatever obstacle or situation they put you in."

Gordon normally is somewhat reserved and cautious when he talks, but he wouldn't shy away from Griffin's and Williams' guaranteeing that the Clippers would be in the postseason.

"I guarantee it too, so we've just got to keep on staying with it, stay together and I think we'll accomplish our goal," Gordon said.

Center Chris Kaman, who showed up Wednesday after working out late Tuesday night at the team's facility in Playa Vista, was cautious.

"I'm excited about the opportunity," Kaman said. "But I don't like to make statements like that because you can get yourself in a little bit of trouble sometimes and a lot of things can happen in a season, things that you can't predict."

Kaman talked about having two sets of three consecutive games this season.

Kaman said he did that during the summer when he played for the German national team during the European championships. Kaman recalled when they played three games in a row, took a day off and then played consecutive games.

"It ain't easy, by no means," Kaman said. "I'm not excited about it, but it's the schedule we have and like I said, we've been dealt the hand and we're going to play it and see how it goes."

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