The Los Angeles Clippers' future looks bright after locking up the face of their franchise for years to come.
Blake Griffin and the Clips have agreed to a five year extension that can pay him up to $95 million, if he reaches certain goals. If Griffin is voted an All Star starter or if he is named to another All NBA team he would receive these bonuses under the "Derrick Rose Rule".
The rule allows players finishing their rookie contracts to make 30 percent of their team's salary cap, if he has been voted an All-Star starter, been voted to an All NBA team twice, or win an MVP award.
Griffin's extension will go into effect for the 2013-14 season. He can opt out in the final year of his contract.
Griffin told ESPNLosAngeles last weekend about his views on the Clips saying, "I feel good about them (the Clippers). Like I've said, everything's been positive. Everything's been moving forward. It's been a good experience. I'm not a believer in breaking up something that's working."
The next goal for the Clippers is to lock up Chris Paul, but Paul will most likely not sign an extension this summer and will become a free agent next offseason.
Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss is reportedly hospitalized in Los Angeles for dehydration.
Lakers spokesman John Black said on Tuesday that Buss is indeed in the hospital being treated for dehydration. Buss, 78, is said to be recovering and is expected to be released soon.
Buss fell ill at his home at 9PM Monday night and the Los Angeles Fire Department and EMTs responded and rushed the Lakers owner to a nearby hospital
No other details have been released at this time.
The USA Basketball team has selected its squad for the Summer Games in London and one NBAer is very upset at the selection process.
And he sort of has a point.
Detroit Pistons forward/center Greg Monroe feels slighted that he wasn't even selected for the USA Select Team.
Monroe is a solid player, but I see why he didn't make the Olympic squad but the Select Team is another story.
Bryan Colangelo made questionable choices for the Select Team such as seldom used Boston Celtics center Greg Stiemsma (2.9 PPG and 3.2 RPG) and New Orleans Hornets forward Lance Thomas, who had to sign two 10 day contracts this season with the Hornets.
"No disrespect to those guys, looking at the Select Team roster, I felt like I should've been on there," Monroe said. "That's just the confidence I have in myself."
The Select Team is formed to scrimmage against the US National Team and they potentially have an edge to make a future Olympic squad.
"If I can't get on the Select Team (this year), I'm not expecting to be on the team in 2016," Monroe said of his snub. "I'm not going to sit here and wait. There's much more things I have to worry about here in Detroit and getting this team where it needs to be."
The Philadelphia 76ers will release former All-Star forward Elton Brand under the league's amnesty clause.
The Sixers needed to release Brand in order to make room for free agent Nick Young, who is expected to sign with Philadelphia, and the re-signing of center Spencer Hawes.
Elton Brand will still collect the $18 million that the Sixers owe him next season. Brand will first be offered to teams under the cap through waivers.
The Dallas Mavericks are told to have interest in bringing in Brand. The Mavs are under the cap after the failed attempt at Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams.
If Brand goes unclaimed through waivers, he would then become a free agent and free to sign with any team he so wishes.
The Houston Rockets and the Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to a trade that would send Rockets forward Chase Budinger to Minnesota for the number 18 pick in Thursday's NBA Draft.
Budinger has spent his entire NBA career in Houston after being traded to the Rockets and trade night by the Detroit Pistons.
Budinger will bring some much needed three point shooting to Minnesota. Budinger shot 40.2 percent from three point land and 44.2 percent from the field last season. Only Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic, of the Timberwolves starters, shot better than Chase Budinger.
The Wolves now only hold one pick in the draft at number 58 in the second round.
Minnesota coach Rick Adelman coached Budinger in his first two seasons in the NBA.
After the Miami Heat's second NBA title and LeBron James' first last night, the team hit up Club LIV in Miami Beach for a little celebration.
LeBron clearly feeling good after getting the proverbial monkey off of his back as evidenced by his rapping onstage with the group LMFAO.
Well, at least he was rapping to already recorded songs and not trying to make his own like Shaq, but he should still stick to the game of basketball.
The team also surpassed the $110,000 bill that Mark Cuban racked up in the same club last year. Ah, to be an NBA champion!
Oh, local news! You never seem to disappoint with your supply of bloopers and weird antics. Now we have another one to add to the vault.
Cleveland's WEWS NewsChannel 5 weatherman Mark Johnson looks like he is not quite over LeBron hightailing it to South Beach.
Dude, you're a professional. Act like it.
Cleveland's forecast called for rain and no thunder. How ironic.
The basketball world had longed to hear it, but Shane Battier is finally an NBA champion. Oh, and LeBron James, too.
The Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder, 121-106, to win their second NBA title and the long awaited first for LeBron James.
LeBron scored 26 points, 13 assists, and 11 rebounds and became the seventh player in history to record two or more triple doubles in an NBA Final. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh showed up too scoring 20 and 24 points respectively.
For the Thunder, it was a valiant effort, but fell a little short. Kevin Durant scored 32 points and Russell Westbrook had a nightmarish game, shooting just 4-20 as the Thunder just fell apart during Game 5. The Thunder turned the ball over 13 times and shot just 39 percent from three point range.