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Tracy McGrady Finds A New Home; Chris Paul Gets A New Job

By 10.09.12
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Chris Paul (photo. Daymon Gardner)


If you thought Chris Paul already had too much weight on his shoulders in Los Angeles, think again. He may control just about every aspect of the Clippers’ season, and definitely holds the keys to how deep they go in the playoffs, but the front office isn’t afraid of involving CP3 in the day-to-day operations or in making personnel decisions. No one seems to think about the fact that Paul could pack up and leave next summer as a free agent. They just want to keep him happy while he’s here. We guess they kind of go hand-in-hand. Just about every offseason move L.A. made came with Paul’s blessings (Lamar Odom, Willie Green, Matt Barnes). He also made sure Chauncey Billups didn’t go on a state-long killing spree after the Clippers claimed the now 36-year-old last summer. Paul’s built himself a nice little squad. They should get him to coach the team, too … After learning Deron Williams was spurning them to stay with the Nets, Mark Cuban said all summer he felt like the best moves were, sometimes, the ones you didn’t make. Dallas spent the last three years relying on plan B, and this always seems like nothing but PR maintenance on Cube’s part. Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News tweeted yesterday that D-Will said a major reason he didn’t go with Dallas was because Cuban didn’t show up to their scheduled meeting, instead letting his minions woo one of the summer’s hottest potential acquisitions. Williams wanted to know specific things about the future of the team and of the organization. The guys left to speak for him – Rick Carlisle, Michael Finley and Donnie Nelson – couldn’t answer. At least Cuban had a good excuse. Sort of. He was in Cali filming episodes of the ABC show “Shark Tank.” This whole situation kinda sucks, mainly because Shark Tank is such a dope show and now will get a bad rep in Texas … In other preseason action, Kyrie Irving struggled with his shot (1-for-7) but still made eight freebies and had a sick scoop pass that Tristan Thompson turned into a mammoth facial in Cleveland’s six-point win over Montepaschi Siena, while Golden State edged Utah 83-80 behind David Lee (19 points, 14 rebounds) … And Jerry Stackhouse is apparently a jack-of-all-trades. He is a former All-Star, and a former “Next MJ.” We know he wants to be a coach, and was also pretty good as an in-studio guy for NBA TV. He’s kicked more ass and taken more names than Liam Neeson. And now, he’s also Brooklyn’s appointed team barber … We’re out like $16k pinky rings.

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