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Clips Nation Jul 26, 2016

Clippers Free Agent Retrospective: Stone Cole Aldrich

It’s time to look back at one of the Clippers’ best bench players. In the series “Clippers Free Agent Retrospective”, we’re looking back at the mark left by players who departed Los Angeles in free agency this summer. We tackled Jeff Green on Thursday, and Pablo Prigioni over the weekend. Next up: Cole Aldrich. Name: Cole Aldrich Key Clippers Facts: 27-Year-old center with 6 seasons of NBA experience. Signed a two-year, minimum-salaried contract with a second-year player option with the Clippers last July. Declined his player option for 2016-17 before free agency...

Cole Aldrich on playing for the hometown Timberwolves

The former Bloomington Jefferson star grew up a Wolves fan.

Who are those guys with new Wolves center Cole Aldrich?

The new Timberwolves player was the Star Tribune's Metro Player of the Year in 2007. That leads to a burning question.

Cole Aldrich, a lifelong Wolves fan, says he'll 'do all I can' to win

Former Bloomington Jefferson standout Cole Aldrich, who was in Italy when he agreed to a three-year, $22 million contract with the team he grew up rooting for, met with the Twin Cities sports media and donned a Wolves jersey Thursday morning. Here are a few highlights: *Aldrich made it abundantly clear that he is a big-time Wolves fan and was in attendance for several of the key games during their 2004 playoff run. While he noted that playing for his hometown NBA team can present additional pressure and challenges, he welcomes it. “I’ve been a Timberwolves fan all my life. You root for...
Orange County Register Jul 12, 2016
Clippers free-agent signee Marreese Speights hopes to pick up where Cole Aldrich left off, adding depth off bench

Clippers free-agent signee Marreese Speights hopes to pick up where Cole Aldrich left off, adding depth off bench

PLAYA VISTA – Marreese Speights took note of what Cole Aldrich did last season for the Clippers and wants the same opportunity next season. Speights saw how Aldrich played a significant role off the bench and became an impact player when the...
Canis Hoopus Jul 3, 2016

Wolves, Cole Aldrich agree to a 3-year, $22 million Deal

The Wolves broke their free agency silence this afternoon, agreeing to a 3-year, $22 million deal with center Cole Aldrich. Aldrich, 27, is coming off his best season as a pro, in which he averaged 5.5 ppg and 4.8 rbg in just over 13 mpg for the Los Angeles Clippers. Aldrich figures to provide much-needed frontcourt depth for the Wolves as well as a defensive presence for the second unit. Last season Aldrich posted a defensive rating of 94, blocked 3.1 shots per 36 minutes, and had a defensive box plus/minus of 5.8, per Basketball-Reference. Also, Aldrich is a native of Bloomington,...
Clips Nation Jul 3, 2016

Cole Aldrich Signs with Minnesota

Reports have came out that Cole Aldrich has signed a 3 year 22 million dollar deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He will leave the Clippers after just one year, but what a year it was. First, let's talk about that contract. Cole is 28 now, so this deal locks him up for the rest of his prime, and locks him up cheaply at that. Timofey Mozgov and Ian Mahinmi are making 16 million dollars per year, are older, are signed for one more year, and had worse per minute numbers than Cole last year. Basically, compared to the market for good backups/average starters, Cole was bought at under half...
Clips Nation Jul 3, 2016

The West is Getting Stronger

The Western Conference was top heavy in 2016, lacking the strong team depth of the past half-decade. Unfortunately for the Clippers, that is likely to change in 2017, as several teams have made significant strides in the draft and free agency. Utah In: George Hill, Joe Johnson Out: Trevor Booker The Jazz were pretty damn good last year, a better team than the Houston Rockets, who were the eventual 8th seed in the Western Conference. They won 40 games despite injuries to young prospect Dante Exum and stud center Rudy Gobert, but most importantly, had a positive point differential on the...
Clips Nation Jul 3, 2016

Orlando Summer League: Los Angeles Clippers vs Oklahoma City Thunder Game Information: How to Watch, Preview, and Gamethread

The Clippers look to get back on track after yesterday's loss. How to Watch: When: 2 PM Pacific Time (5 PM Eastern Time) Channel: NBATV Oklahoma City: Just as with any team, the Thunder's summer league roster is headlined by several player from their actual roster: Cameron Payne, Josh Huestis, and Mitch McGary.  They will also have Daniel Hamilton, who was chosen 56th overall in last month's draft. Payne is the most notable of the bunch, a lotter pick from last year's draft who averaged 5 points, 1.9 assists, and 1.5 rebounds in 12 minutes per game last season.  McGary hasn't been able to...
Clips Nation Jul 3, 2016

Clippers Free Agency 2016: A Look At What's Left

Doc Rivers missed on Durant, but has since agreed to what will be the Clippers' two biggest new contracts. What's next? Well, that was a long day.  After some mixed and meaningless reviews of the Clippers' meeting with Kevin Durant, they clearly received notice from his camp yesterday afternoon that he would not be coming to Los Angeles, and moved on to their plan B: re-signing their own free agents. Of course, that didn't go smoothly either.  While the Clippers were courting Durant, Jeff Green decided not to wait a few days as the Clippers had requested and took a one-year, $15 million...
Clips Nation Jul 2, 2016

Clippers Free Agency 2016: Clippers Re-Sign Wesley Johnson for 3 Years, $18 Million

Wesley Johnson will return to the Clippers. According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, the Clippers have re-signed Wesley Johnson to a 3-year, $18 million dollar deal.  This is the value of the full mid-level exception. Vertical Sources: Free agent Wesley Johnson has agreed to a three-year, $18 million deal to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 3, 2016 Johnson was solid player for the Clippers, but his combination of mediocre shooting and average on-ball defense were never enough to earn him a starting spot.  He took threes at an...
Clips Nation Jul 2, 2016

Clippers Free Agency 2016: Austin Rivers Returns on 3-Year Deal

We're happy to have Austin back, but it's a sign of bad news from Kevin Durant. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Austin Rivers will return to the Clippers. Free agent guard Austin Rivers has agreed to a deal to return to the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources tell @TheVertical. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 2, 2016 Dan Woike of the Orange County Register added that it will be a three-year deal. Per source Austin Rivers has agreed to a 3-year deal with the Clippers — Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) July 2, 2016 Rivers was one of the Clippers' top...
Clips Nation Jul 2, 2016

Summer League Takeaways: Wilcox Injured; Clippers Lose to Miami In Disappointing Effort

Wins and losses don't matter in summer league, but for a bunch of guys with their careers on the line, effort sure does. The Clippers lost their first summer league game to the Miami Heat by 20 points, 91-71.  A loss isn't a huge issue, as the Orlando Summer League championship isn't much to boast about, but the ways that the Clippers lost definitely leaves room for growth from the young squad.  Here are some notes on how the notable guys did: C.J. Wilcox: The most experienced player in today's game, Wilcox brought his two years of NBA experience and turned it into three bricks in just...
Toronto Sun Jul 1, 2016
Source: DeMar DeRozan staying with Raptors

Source: DeMar DeRozan staying with Raptors

DeMar DeRozan turned the biggest year of his career into a very big contract.
Clips Nation Jul 1, 2016

NBA Free Agency 2016: Noah, Mozgov Deals Set a High Price for Cole Aldrich, Other Centers

The Lakers and Knicks have just set a very lucrative trend. NBA free agency is all about the market--with limited products (free agents), limited consumers (teams), and limited resources (cap room), it's largely about supply and demand, just like high school economics.  But, just like in other businesses, once the market is set on a specific product, it can be very hard for a player and his agent to settle for less than "market value".  The Lakers and the Knicks set the market for centers with two early reported agreements, and it's going to define the value of every center that we see...

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