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Thursday, July 5th, 2012 at 2:06 pm  |  35 responses

Clippers Sign Jamal Crawford and Chauncey Billups


The Clippers’ search for a new shooting guard has come to an end. According to the L.A. Times, LAC has ended its pursuit of Ray Allen and signed both Jamal Crawford (to a three-year deal) and Chauncey Billups (one-year deal). Some details: “The Clippers were informed on Thursday that guards Jamal Crawford and Chauncey Billups intend to sign contracts with the team when the NBA’s moratorium period is lifted for free agents to sign deals, according to NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Crawford, an unrestricted free agent who opted out of his $5.2 million contract with the Portland Trail Blazers, has been offered a spot by the Clippers. He is expected to sign a three-year, $15.7 million contract, according to the executives. Billups, who played in just 20 games last season with the Clippers before suffering a season-ending left Achilles tendon surgery, will sign a one-year deal that could be worth up to $4.3 million if he reaches bonuses, the executives said. With Crawford and Billups reaching deals with the Clippers, L.A. cancelled the visit they had planned for free agent shooting guard Ray Allen on Friday.”

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  • Mas

    DAMN!

  • Lloyd

    Jamal Crawford? Not bad. Does this mean that Ray is basically choosing between the Heat and Celtics?

  • Heals

    Looks that way Lloyd (surprised Chi-town hasn’t stepped up), interested to see how it plays out. I’d bet Mia if had $$$ on it…

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Iiiinteresting…

  • Riki

    I think this pretty much seals Allen re-signing with the Celtics.

  • Fresh Boirdee

    Damn… you snooze you loose this off season.

  • TheWhiteMarkPrice

    Now hopefully they get some post depth. Id still give signing Nick Young a shot. Bye to Randy Foye though

  • LA Huey

    Wow. Not so much for Clipers but that Shuttlesworth is going to South Beach or back to Beantown now.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    nick young might be gone. good moves here though. just don’t understand why they let reggie evans go, unless he was grabbing people’s nutsacks in the locker room.

  • http://Wikipedia.org Grove Street

    WOW!

    CP3
    Nick Young
    Caron
    Blake
    DeAndre

    Backups:
    Chauncey
    Randy Foye
    Jamal Crawford
    Lamar Odom
    Kenyon Martin

    IF ONLY THEY HADN’T lost REGGIE EVANS

    this team is stacked. maybe ready to make it to the western conference finals.

  • T-Money

    man no one defends on that team..

  • http://minusthebars.blogspot.com don

    Always loved Jamal Crawford’s game ever since he played college ball for the Michigan Wolverines. He should flourish playing alongside Chris Paul, which bodes well for Paper Clips.

  • Tyquez Foster

    jordan(shot blocker) and chris paul(steals) caron good on d too…. kenyon when in shape

  • I’m J.J. Redickulous

    @Spit Hot Fiyah. Reggie Evans does seem like a dude who would be doing that in the locker room.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    The Clippers have a great collection of players but those talents blend together about as well as Nuts ‘n Gum.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    I don’t see this really making them better than they were last year…Blake needs to fill some of the holes in his game in order for them to be a contender. He needs a back to the basket game and he needs to play D. He doesn’t need to amazing at either, just servicable.

  • TripleDouble

    Trade Blake.

  • TripleDouble

    Blake and DeAndre Jordan for Dwight Howard… How does this not work for both?

  • RIGGS
  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I thought Nick Young was gone? He was a free agent this summer, right?

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Why do you say that Caboose? Chris Paul, a pass first point guard, flanked by great shooters in Young, Crawford, Billups, Foye. Good dirty work guys: Caron Butler(good defender), Deandre Jordan(great shot blocker). Blake and Jordan are already perfect for Chris Paul with their Lob-First approach. Martin is a great big off the bench. They have the talent and the cohesiveness IMO, it’s just all about making it come together, playing good team D, and getting rid of Del Negro.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I think your right AP, but everyone is acting like he’s still on the team so I am as well.

  • Juice

    too many good players on this team! this could be a problem as all players on that roster or at least most of them want to play +30 mins. Thers no way they will ALL be happy. But heck they are LOADED!

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    Allenp, i thin he should be a RFA. and u might be the worlds biggest nick young outside of his family members

  • justin05

    I agree with Caboose…the Clippers have a lot of what if and maybe guys also. I predict the Clippers struggle with injuries next season also. Billups, Griffin, Odom, Foye, Young. All unpredictable or injury prone players. Deandre is no prize either, folks.

  • justin05

    Sorry Caron is injury prone also. I don’t see the “stacked” talent like everyone else I guess. OkC, LAkers, Spurs will show up confident everytime they play this team

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    T-Money said it right.
    The Clippers have to defend consistently if they want to win, and be more imaginative on offense. If they do, they can be a top team.

  • kingjamescp3

    chris is the leader of the team he will make everybody happy by setting them up and putting them in position to score clippers can make some noise believe me

  • greg

    this whole thing depends on blake griffin and deandre being able to make fts, and griffin playing in the post. im not sure hes actualy able to though because he has short arms.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    Blake’s back to the the basket game is very unorthodox but extremely difficult to guard. I’m not worried about that or the length of his arms. It’s his midrange that needs work right now. That’s what they keep giving him.
    Right now he’s a bit of a 2 dimensional liability. Doesn’t pump fake because he doesn’t wanna go the line, very frustrating to watch.

  • JUNKIE

    If Blake plays for Team USA I’m hoping his defense gets a little better through that whole experience

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    The Clipps need another couple of bigs… How healthy is Kenyon Martin and his big red lips?

  • Waggle

    Chicago shud sign Allen…why do Clips need Crawford tho? They are already stackex and already have Young, Foyer, Bledsoe et

  • Tyquez Foster

    nick young plays for the 76ers now

  • Basketball_iQ

    thank you…^^^^ its all over slam, NICKYOUNG IS GONE!
    good signing by the clips… and the clips WITH BILLUPS was the hottest team until he went down.
    these 82games are gonna be very different from those 66 last year.
    I personally guarantee it will be a new champion.

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