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Report: Clippers, DeAndre Jordan Have Had Extension Talks

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Center DeAndre Jordan and the Clippers have had several conversations about a contract extension, but they’re not close to a deal.

In fact, Jordan and the Clippers haven’t even talked contract figures.

Both sides said they will continue to stay engaged in hopes of making Jordan a Clipper for the rest of his career.

“We’ve had discussions, but obviously nothing has gotten done,” Jordan said. “So, we’ll see what happens.”

Jordan, 29, who will earn $22.6 million this season, has a player option for the 2018-19 season that will pay him $24.1 million.

If he were to opt out of his contract next summer and re-sign with the Clippers, Jordan could sign a deal for five years that could be worth in excess of $207 million. That deal would earn him 8% raises with the Clippers because he will have been in the NBA for 10 seasons.

If Jordan were to opt out of his contract next summer and sign with another team, he could sign a deal for four years that would earn him about $175 million. His raises would be 5% for a player with 10-plus years of service.

Source: Broderick Turner of The Los Angeles Times

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Bobby Portis Apologizes to Bulls for Mirotic Fight

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Bobby Portis has apologized to his Bulls teammates for getting into a fight that left Nikola Mirotic with facial fractures and a concussion. “He didn’t address us today, but he did address the team before so that was taken care of,” Bulls swingman Justin Holiday said after Friday’s practice.

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg acknowledged that Portis’ apology took place during a team meeting but did not want to go into specific details about his message. “I’ll keep that between the team,” Hoiberg said, “as far as exactly what was said in that meeting.”

Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN

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Joel Embiid Still Not Cleared for Back-to-Back Games

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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid said he has not been cleared to play back-to-back games and does not expect to be in the lineup Saturday at Toronto.

Embiid was in the starting lineup for the home opener Friday night against the Boston Celtics, scoring 11 points to go along with 14 rebounds in 28 minutes as Philadelphia lost 102-92. Asked after Friday’s game if he was OK with not playing Saturday night, Embiid replied, “Um I’m not OK with it but we have a plan in place and we have to follow it.”

Source: ESPN

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Dennis Smith Jr. Out for Next Two Games With Knee Injury

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Dennis Smith Jr. will miss at least two games due to swelling in the left knee that the Dallas Mavericks’ prized rookie point guard had surgically repaired two years ago.

Smith was a late scratch before Friday’s loss to the Sacramento Kings and will not travel with the Mavericks for Saturday’s road game against the Houston Rockets.

Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN

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