November 28, 2011 |
So the Lakers want to sign a veteran player who is waived by another team? Baron Davis, Brandon Roy, Rashard Lewis? Not so fast. Details are still emerging from the NBA's yet-to-be-ratified collective bargaining agreement, but the Lakers will have to get in line and bid for players who are cut via the one-time "amnesty" clause. The process is not designed to favor the wealthy, successful teams. It's designed to help teams well below the salary cap. While the Lakers already have a payroll of $91 million for only 11 players, almost half of the NBA's 30 teams will be below the salary cap of $58 million after signing their draft picks and can potentially offer millions more than the Lakers for waived players.
March 18, 2011 |
Call it a fresh chapter, or maybe closure, for former Cavaliers Mo Williams and Jamario Moon and possibly the start of a healthy finish for Eric Gordon . Williams and Moon are facing Cleveland for the first time since they were traded to the Clippers last month in the Baron Davis deal. And Saturday represents a return to action for Gordon, who has played only one complete game since Jan. 22 when he sprained his right wrist. "It won't be hard," Williams said Friday.
March 16, 2011 |
Eric Gordon has been busy watching college basketball in person during his injury-induced layoff, but he turned to another sport, using a baseball analogy to describe the differences between his old point guard, Baron Davis , and the incumbent, Mo Williams . Gordon could return to the court Saturday and it may be against Davis, who will be playing his first game at Staples Center since the Clippers traded him and a future first-round pick...
February 27, 2011 |
Trades have hit snags in the NBA, and even unraveled, but the Clippers were spared additional headaches when the Cavaliers informed them Sunday morning that Baron Davis passed his physical in Cleveland. That was the last piece of the puzzle for the deal to be completed and made official by the league, meaning point guard Mo Williams and small forward Jamario Moon can play at Sacramento on Monday night. The Clippers, who have lost four straight games coming out of the All-Star break, could have used the likes of Williams and Moon in Saturday's loss to the Boston Celtics.
February 25, 2011
All is right in the world. The overpaid chipmunk with a bruised tailbone is being sent to the NBA's equivalent of Siberia. You don't disrespect Donald Sterling and cash your paychecks without earning them. Coming into camp overweight and out of shape was the last straw. Baron Davis was not loved in the locker room and you could tell that Eric Gordon did not appreciate him playing only when he felt like it. Good riddance. Gary Pinson Sylmar :: Baron Davis may not have been the answer to the Clippers' prayers, but he and Blake Griffin had formed a nice bond and were clicking on the court.
February 24, 2011 |
Think about the most recent Clippers developments along these lines: This would be a lot like a new family moving into a house and establishing residence, leaving no doubt about ownership. Symbolically speaking, that's what happened Thursday. Baron Davis' name was wiped out with a few brush strokes and replaced by the kids Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon . Those calling the shots with the Clippers talked about the trade of Davis and a 2011 first-round draft pick to Cleveland for guard Mo Williams , 28, and small forward Jamario Moon , 30, in terms of future salary cap flexibility.