The Clippers can’t afford to keep J.J. Redick, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. The sentiment when a high-payroll playoff team fails to advance past the second round in consecutive seasons is to blow up the roster. Unfortunately for the Clippers, they do not have young players on the cusp of starting.
Is it the end of the road for Ricky Rubio and the Timberwolves? Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio has been on the trade block for some time now. Even after a career-best performance this past regular season, it doesn’t look like that’s changed. In discussing players that could be moved during the draft, Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders indicates that both Rubio and the Wolves are expecting their relationship to end this summer. “The worst-kept secret in the NBA is that the Timberwolves are ready to move on from guard Ricky Rubio, and it seems that Rubio may feel the same way,” Kyler reported. This isn’t too much of a surprise, especially considering Minnesota
Kevin Durant can’t believe we’re still talking about his free agency, almost 11 months later. He really can’t believe that people blame him for the dull NBA postseason thus far and the lack of parity in the league. USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick has a great story on the “alleged NBA villain” and his mentality as the NBA Finals awaits. But one of the quotes stood out a little more, as perfect evidence of both Durant’s mindset and an factual refutation for his haters: “Like I’m the reason why (expletive) Orlando couldn’t make the playoffs for five, six years in a row?” he said. “Am I the reason that Brooklyn gave all their picks to Boston? Like, am I the reason that they’re not that good (laughs).