first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Guard Milos Teodosic has exercised his $6.3 million option with the Clippers. Frank visited him in Belgrade, Serbia, last month.“We’ll see how everything plays out, but he’s in a really good space,” Frank said.Last week, guard Austin Rivers exercised his $12.6 million option.The Clippers have an abundance of guards, but it’s not expected that all will be with the team when the season starts.Observers may have viewed the Clippers’ use of both first-round picks on guards as confirmation that Jordan will opt in, but the team did not see it that way.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Jerome Robinson, hold their new team jerseys as they pose for photos with Los Angeles Clippers President of Basketball Operations, Lawrence Frank, far left, and head coach, Doc Rivers, far right, as they are introduced as the newest Clippers guards at the L.A. Clippers Training Center in Los Angeles on Monday, June 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Robinson were introduced in Los Angeles on Monday as the newest Clippers guards. The duo, selected in the NBA draft last week, won’t be under the bright spotlight just yet.That’s reserved for center DeAndre Jordan.ADVERTISEMENT Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial This is the final week before the NBA’s free agency period begins Sunday, and the biggest question mark for the Clippers is whether center Jordan will opt in or out of his contract.“I talk to him,” coach Doc Rivers said. “We pretty much stay away from the subject for the most part. But I talk to him. We stay in touch.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownLawrence Frank, executive vice president of basketball operations, wasn’t sure what Jordan would decide about his $24.1 million player option.“No new updates. We continue to have dialogue with his agent, Jeff Schwartz,” Frank said. “We’ll see how everything plays out.” Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “That’s a lot of speculation,” Rivers said.Nothing is official, and Jordan will need to decide by week’s end.“The No. 1 thing is we draft the best available players,” Frank said. “We don’t draft for need. That’s first. It’s important to start with that. Then, very early in the process, we identified Shai and Jerome as top targets. When you go through the entire process and get an opportunity to sit with them, have meals with them, get them to work out, watch film and their games, it was clear we went into the draft week knowing these are our top two guys and how will we get them.”If the Clippers don’t make any big moves in free agency, the question remains whether this can be a playoff team again. Last year, the injury-riddled Clippers missed the postseason. They finished with a winning record of 42-40, but their streak of consecutive postseason appearances ended at six.“You’re constantly, always looking at ways to improve the roster,” Frank said. “I think we’re going to be very competitive. I think we’ll bring a very exciting brand of basketball. Obviously, this past year we had an unlucky hand with injuries. But every team has injuries, we just had probably a bigger share. Hopefully, guys like Pat (Beverley) and Galo (Danilo Gallinari) can play the amount of games they’re normally used to playing. We’ve improved ourselves not just with the acquisitions but also with the health.“We’ll see with free agency, there will be different ways we can improve the roster.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Murray yet to commit to Wimbledon after first comeback win View commentslast_img

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