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Kid Ink Makes Tattoo Bet With TMZ Photog Clips Better Beat the Heat!

7/20/2017 8:14 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Rap star Kid Ink better hope the L.A. Clippers can win without Chris Paul next year, 'cause if they don't ... he's gonna become a walking TMZ billboard!!

The "Supersoaka" spitter is a HUGE Clips fan! Our camera guy, a big Miami Heat supporter. So when we ran into K.I. out in NYC, we tested his confidence in the team with a wager:

If the Clippers finish with a better record than the Heat next season, our photog will have to get a tattoo of Kid Ink's Batgang crew logo permanently etched on him. But if the Clips end up below Miami in the win column, the rapper's gotta get the TMZ logo tatted on him!!

FYI -- the MIA won 41 games last season. The LAC, 51 ... but that was with CP3.

For being such high stakes, the dude doesn't seem worried one bit. On the other hand, he already has like, a million tattoos. So what's one more?

DeAndre Jordan Lamar Odom's My Guy One Of the Best Teammates Ever

7/13/2017 7:13 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

DeAndre Jordan is riding hard for Lamar Odom -- not only reconnecting with the guy, but giving him one of the best compliments you can get in team sports. 

Earlier this week, DJ and Odom hit the L.A. nightclub scene -- lookin' like old times when they played on the Clippers together. 

So, when DJ was leaving the ESPYs on Wednesday night, we asked how Lamar was doing after all he's gone through over the last few years. 

"That's my guy," DeAndre said ... "He's one of the best teammates I ever had."

Seems just about everyone in the NBA feels that way about Lamar -- from Kobe to Metta -- and they've all offered to help Lamar get his life back together.

Blake Griffin Double Dates with New Clipper ... Smokin' Hot WAGS

7/12/2017 6:33 AM PDT

Blake Griffin rolled out the welcome wagon for one of his new Clippers teammates last night -- taking Sam Dekker and his ridiculously attractive fiancee to a fancy dinner in Bev Hills.

BG and his girlfriend/baby mama, Brynn Cameron, hit up Georgio Baldi with Dekker and his fiancee Olivia Harlan early Tuesday evening before attending a Players' Tribune party.

Dekker was drafted by the Houston Rockets but became a Clipper as part of the Chris Paul deal. 

Welcome to L.A.

Austin Rivers on CP3: 'Expect Fireworks' ... When Clips Play Rockets

7/7/2017 7:16 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Business and basketball are two different things. They say don't take it personal, but everybody does." -- Austin Rivers on Chris Paul.

The Clippers star was at LAX when it kept it 100 about the situation involving his former teammate -- telling TMZ Sports he's happy for the guy, but it's gonna get intense when they face the Houston Rockets next season.

"You saw what happened when the Warriors played the Thunder this year. There was a lot of emotion in there."

"I don't think it'll be quite like that but it'll definitely be a lot of fireworks that game if I had to take a guess."

The NBA is expected to release the official schedule sometime next month. Can't wait!

Doc Rivers: I Didn't Reject Carmelo Trade ... To Keep My Son

6/29/2017 6:03 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Doc Rivers says reports he shot down an opportunity to deal away his son, Austin Rivers, for Carmelo Anthony are pure BS ... telling TMZ Sports bluntly, "That's not true."

The Clippers honcho was leaving Madeo in Bev Hills Wednesday night when we asked if Chris Paul's departure meant it was a "sad day" for the team.

"I don't know if it's sad or not," Rivers said ... "We'll find that out."

He praised Paul as a "great Clipper" and added, "I wish Chris well."

We also asked about a report from ESPN anchor Michael Eaves that CP3 left the team upset over issues with Doc ... but Rivers shot that down pretty hard too -- insisting the two are nothing but cordial.

Clippers' Jerry West Signing CP3 & Blake ... 'Not My Responsibility'

6/28/2017 12:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jerry West says his new role with the L.A. Clippers DOES NOT require him to get involved in the efforts to resign Blake Griffin and Chris Paul ... telling TMZ Sports, "It's not my responsibility."

West was playing coy when we saw him leaving Caffe Roma in Bev Hills on Tuesday -- saying it's up to other key members of the organization to bring in the players ... "I'm just an adviser."

He added, "Hopefully, everyone will make the right decision."

Meanwhile, we also spotted Clippers' assistant coach Mike Woodson out -- he was WAY stronger on the issue ... telling us locking up the two free agents is definitely a priority. 

Stay tuned ... 

Big Baby Davis Clippers Are Done ... Blake Should Join Westbrook

6/26/2017 9:49 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Glen "Big Baby" Davis says your Blake Griffin jersey is about to become a collector's item ... telling TMZ Sports the Lob City era is OVER ... and he knows exactly where Blake should go next.

We got the former Clipper (and Hollywood turn-up king) leaving Nightingale Plaza in L.A. and picked his brain about the future of his former squad.

If you hadn't heard, both Chris Paul and BG opted out of their contracts -- strong signs each man is looking outside of L.A. for the next gig.

Any Clippers fan looking for good news from Baby look away ... 'cause when our guy pressed him on the state of the team he had to concede he thinks it's all over.

DeAndre Jordan Riding Skateboard In L.A. ... Tempting Fate

6/19/2017 9:31 AM PDT

Hold your breath, Clippers nation ... your franchise center, DeAndre Jordan, is going full Tony Hawk ... hitting the streets of L.A. on a skateboard and, although it's terrifying, he ain't half bad.

Jordan is 6'11" and 265 pounds but that didn't stop him from straight thrashing on video recently, getting a little help from some bystanders.

Here's the thing ... fun is great and all, but could you imagine the fallout if DJ fell? The Clippers need all the help they can get to lose to the Warriors next year.

Next time, helmet and elbow pads please. 

Jerry West On Clippers Rumors: 'I Don't Know What You're Talking About'

6/1/2017 12:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jerry West insists he knows NOTHING about the Clippers reportedly trying to steal him away from the Golden State Warriors ... but watch the video -- and pay attention to that smirk!

West is currently an executive board member for the Warriors  -- but ESPN's Marc Stein reported the Clippers are actively courting him to L.A. 

So, when we saw West in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, we had to ask him straight-up -- what's the deal?! 

There's more ... West also has a strong opinion about the racial incident at LeBron James' Brentwood home -- saying the whole situation is "sad."

Chris Paul 'Absolutely' Staying With Clippers ... Says Doc Rivers

5/27/2017 12:55 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Doc Rivers has a message for Clipper fans freaking out about their point guard heading to San Antonio ... telling TMZ Sports if he has his way (which he does), Chris Paul ain't going ANYWHERE.

Multiple outlets have reported there's mutual interest between the Spurs and Paul, with San Antonio wanting a new point guard (sorry, Tony Parker) and CP3 wanting to play for a contender (sorry, Clippers).

So when we got Rivers out at Madeo we had to ask about Paul's future with the team, being that Doc is the Clippers prez, and the only guy who can make the trade happen.

And according to Doc ... it ain't happening ... 'cause he told our guy Paul is 'absolutely' staying with the Clippers, and he seemed pretty concrete on it.

Concrete has been known to crack though.

DeAndre Jordan Slams Door On Blake Griffin Trade Talk ... Literally

5/20/2017 12:15 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

If you're wondering how DeAndre Jordan feels about the Clippers trading Blake Griffin this off-season, TMZ Sports is gonna give you a pretty good indication that he's not into it.

We got DJ out in Malibu and peppered him with some questions about his off-season -- and he was game. Then we asked about his ex-teammate, Jared Dudley saying Lob City needs to move BG ...

And Jordan was NOT game.

Gotcha loud and clear, DJ. 

Austin Rivers Breaking Up Clippers Would Be 'Idiotic' ... We're a Piece Away

5/12/2017 9:23 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Austin Rivers feels VERY strongly that the L.A. Clippers should do everything in their power to keep the core players for another season ... telling TMZ Sports they're just "a piece away" from being champs. 

The rumors are swirling that Doc Rivers will break the team up -- possibly trading Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan or Chris Paul -- in the hopes of bringing in a fresh lookin' squad. 

But Austin says it would be "idiotic" to break up the band -- "We still feel like we can be an NBA championship team."

Of course, if Austin wants to vent to Clippers management, he definitely has a few connections ... 

Blake Griffin Doc's Gotta Trade His Ass ... Says Ex-Clips Teammate

5/11/2017 10:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

If the Clippers wanna win next year, they GOTTA trade Blake Griffin ... so says current NBA player (and former Clippers teammate) Jared Dudley.

Dudley isn't just a sharpshooter for the Phoenix Suns, he's a league expert -- so when we got him leaving Warwick in L.A. we asked what Lob City needs to do to avoid getting punked in the playoffs.

His answer? Trade Blake Griffin ... and Dudley explains why it's the perfect move.

By the way, Dudley played with Griffin in '13-'14 -- meaning he probably won't be invited to the team reunion dinner now ... which would never really happen because they didn't win anything.

Still though, ouch.

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