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Report: Clippers reach deals with Jamal Crawford, Chauncey Billups

Jul 5, 2012, 2:26 PM EDT

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The battle for Los Angeles games next year are going to be amazing. And we could see those battles deep in the playoffs.

The Clippers addressed a key need Thursday by reaching a three-year agreement with Jamal Crawford, reports the Los Angeles Times. At the same time they reached a deal to bring back injured guard Chauncey Billups.

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.

The Clippers went into this season wanting to address a couple of needs, one being a two guard who could provide scoring. Crawford is certainly that. The former Sixth Man of the Year can light it up — even though he stepped back last year and shot 38.4 percent overall and 30 percent from three. He’ll need to do better next season.

(The other need was depth along the front line, which trading for Lamar Odom got them.)

But Crawford can create his own shot and that is something the Clippers sorely needed in the playoffs. When the Spurs walled off Chris Paul the rest of the Clippers struggled to get good looks. Crawford is a dynamic second option.

CP3 had said he wanted the Clippers to bring back Billups and that is reason enough to sign him — Paul becomes a free agent next summer and the Clippers need to do anything to keep him. When healthy Billups also brought calmness to the Clippers young offense that they missed in the postseason.

  1. kjereld615 - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Phew, now that The Clippers are out of the Ray Allen race now i only have the Heat to worry about…..great.

    • heat256 - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:33 PM

      The Clippers were a better fit for Ray if he wanted more money and a starting role. Crawford takes the money and role requirements, so Ray can and most likely will go to MIA and just may have a career year with LBJ and Wade kicking it out to him for wide open threes.

      • kjereld615 - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:49 PM

        “MIA and just may have a career year with LBJ and Wade kicking it out to him for wide open threes.” words such as these should never be spoken to a Boston fan. They hurt way too much. But although Allen could just as well leave Boston because playing with the Lebron and Wade are just so enticing, the level of comfort he has with Boston along with the amount of money Boston is willing to spend has me still confident he will be back.

      • heat256 - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:35 PM

        Sorry dude. I’m sure you guys would hate it but so should the Bucks and Sonics (RIP), as they let him go too. I agree with the Terry signing in part as he can play the point some and the two. I am sure Ray is conflicted but who knows what he will do. I personally would like to see him in MIA but I’d also like to see Kaman and Lewis take minimum deals to come here too. That ain’t happening though.

    • SmackSaw - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:01 PM

      Ray Allen is not leaving Boston. With KG back, they’ll make another run.

    • jjordannba - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      You should be worried about Boston too

      • kjereld615 - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:19 PM

        Worried about Boston? Not really i mean I would absolutely love to have Allen back because our bench would be simply amazing. Now all indications show that Jeff Green is coming back and assuming we bring back Pietrus, our bench would be Jason Terry, Ray Allen, Jeff Green, Pietrus, and Sullinger/Stiemsma (probably butchered both their names). Now that’s a awesome bench to me. Now even if we don’t get Allen we still have a lot of talent, albeit aging talent, they are still very good. So should i worry? Well I have yet to have a reason to worry about Boston.

  2. miamatt - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Wow, great offseason for the Clippers. Crawford and Billups might not be the players they were a few years ago, but they can sure help a team win. Billups is a fearless shooter and Crawford can get a bucket on his own when needed. Odom may have been garbage this year, but he is well worth the risk.

    Should be an exciting year for LA basketball, can’t wait to watch!

    • saint1997 - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:51 PM

      I agree completely. Lamar can play the 3, 4 and 5 and is something the Clips sorely missed. These 2 guards are great help as well. I think Lamar will be fine this season because of the fact that he is back in LA where he can bask in the glory of the camera. The just need some for depth pickups for the 3 and 5 now

  3. andre504 - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Well, with the Clippers out of the Ray Allen race, with LBJ/Wade publically recruiting Ray, the Heat will most likely land him. Ray will make the Heat better for sure. The Clippers on the other hand have improved their roster from last year, and Jamal Crawford will do well.

  4. blakegriffin32 - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Glad to see Billups. For his sake and the clippers sake I hope he comes back strong and healthy. As for Crawford, it could be worse (foye) but I wanted Lee. Oh well. Resign swaggy p now! And get another big man for cheap and we’re set.

    • andre504 - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      I would not say set, if you mean winning a championship..Yes, the Clippers have a young nucleus of players but I would put OKC, LA Lakers, SA ahead of the Clipps.

  5. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Welcome to Miami, Ray.

    Last week, I wasn’t sure Ray Allen would be a good fit for what the Heat require. After reading this article, I’ve talked myself into Ray being the piece that fits the Heat best of all.

    I’m already thinking he goes back to his #34 jersey in Miami.

    I’m fired up for a new Basketball Mamas reality show starring Gloria James, Jolinda Wade, and Flora Allen.

    I’m fired up for Jill Kelly and Chasey Lain sightings at the AAA.

    I’m excited that prior to the Heat getting to the Finals, someone will hit a wide open three pointer.

    Bottom line is, I’m very happy about this…….unless of course he re-signs with Boston, and in that case I’ll say he was never a good fit for the Heat anyway.

  6. buffalowned - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    if ray was going to sign in boston it would have happened already. clippers were his only real chance to start on a good team and that’s out the window now. allen will join the heat and win his 2nd championship

    • kjereld615 - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      Not necessarily David Aldridge of NBA TV keeps saying if a player wants to leave he will be gone as soon as possible. The longer he doesn’t sign with another team it’s more likely he will resign with his current one.

      • buffalowned - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:31 PM

        but boston is offering him more money and he already knows what he has there. plus with terry there it makes even more unlikely. lbj and wade won’t let him leave without an agreement

  7. p1nch3dloaf - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Crawturd stunk in Portland…inconsistent…didn’t get others involved, ballhog…and weak on defense.

    However, playing with CP3 and Griffin will make JC’s job easier…I expect him to have an impact there.

  8. socal9er - Jul 5, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    The Clips are going to be NICE next season! Upgrades in key areas plus keeping veteran leadership in Chauncey they will be dangerous in the playoffs hopefully they’ll stay healthy.

  9. ebrownwareagle - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    They Still are NOT BETTER than The Lakers!

  10. BigBeachBall - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    shop DJ
    get somebody who can intimidate a mouse at least…

  11. badintent - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    We now know who will win the Battle of LA . Clippers hands down.Sorry Jack.Who’s in Diane Cannon’s pants these days.?

  12. jerdogthompson - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    Aah….slowly but surely the Faker fan, were better than anyone, we deserve to win and no one else does, idiotic, dare I say ignorant to the game mentality pervades (look it up). Bottom line, you got Nash a great upgrade. Fact is that your bench is still the weakest in the NBA, well probably better than the Wiz. I just love the use of CAPITOL letters because it signifies such command of the English language and more importantly defines TRUTH! Languish in Mediocrity because that is where you will be for quite a while muchacho. See y’all next season.

  13. progress2011 - Jul 6, 2012 at 3:32 AM

    The Clips have kept their core players, signed Odom, Crawford and Billups which secures the backcourt and adds depth off the bench.

    The Thunder will have an additional year of maturity and looking to get back to the finals.

    The fakers added 38yr old, no-defense, declining efficiency Nash.

    These 3 circumstances (plus a plethora of others) confirm, the fakers will not make it out of the 1st round.

  14. kingjeremi84 - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    I got 100 says they do.yeah im talking to u progress 2011.and as for the fakers comment the ring ss seem real to me .

    • progress2011 - Jul 6, 2012 at 6:46 PM

      AHAHAHAHAHAahahhahaa….jeremi84,

      “the old dusty rings seem real to you” ….You saw one, Touched one or put one on your finger !!!

      NO…you have no ownership or even relationship to any rings other than buying fake jerseys, purses and rings at the swap-meet !

  15. jimsjam33 - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    The Clippers look to be ready for a play-off run that pits them against the Thunder for a chance to meet the Heat in next years finals . The addition of Crawford and Odom is huge . They kept Kenyon Martin and released Nick Young and Reggie Evans . That’s a big plus . If the Clips can land free agent Ryan Hollins for the veteran minimum , then we have a solid backup at center and Martin and Odom can spell Griffin , Jordan and Butler .
    Chris Paul , Eric Bledsole , Jamal Crawford and Randy Foye is a dynamite back court . The Clippers look ready for a serious run .

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