The Daily Clipper for August 15, 2012

Apr 6, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; Washington Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell before a game against the New Jersey Nets the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE

I have scoured different basketball websites but there isn't much going on other than the usual rumors but no validity to them But I have been able to put together a few pieces of information for your reading pleasure. If any article has already been posted, I apologize in advance.

Also, big thanks to citizen agolden for his contributions to this Daily Clippers.

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Looking Back: The Sam Cassell Trade | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
When the Clippers acquired Sam Cassell and a protected first round draft pick from the Timberwolves in 2005, it was immediately viewed as a win for the franchise. But as luck would have it, the deal not only netted the point guard who led the Clippers to one of their greatest seasons, but also helped land superstar Chris Paul six years later.

Clippers are Deep and Experienced | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
A championship contender needs stars, depth, and experience. With their recent offseason additions, the Clippers have all three.

Pump up the Volume For Ryan Hollins, music is a big part of what gets him amped up for game day.
Music is an important part of any athlete's preparation, just ask Ryan Hollins.

Staples Smash - ClipperBlog
ClipperBlog's Charlie Widdoes talks about the Howard trade's effects on the Clips.

Baron Davis Hoping to Return this Season | HOOPSWORLD | Basketball News & NBA Rumors
Source says Baron Davis hopes to return this season from the knee injury. DeAndre Jordan likes Clipper moves. Craig Smith to Jerusalem.

FootBasket: Jamal Crawford Throws Down Nasty Dunk on Spencer Hawes in Pro-Am Game (Video)
Welcome to Lob City, JaSlam CrawDunk.

Around the NBA

Suns Sign Jermaine ONeal - RealGM Wiretap
The Phoenix Suns have signed Jermaine O’Neal.

Michael Jordan responds to comparison to Derrick Rose injury - ESPN Chicago
Michael Jordan responded on Monday to Chicago Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf comparing Derrick Rose's injury situation to the one Jordan experienced with the Bulls in 1985.

Report -- Houston Rockets sign Argentine forward Carlos Delfino - ESPN
A person with knowledge of the deal says the Houston Rockets have agreed to a one-year deal with Argentine forward Carlos Delfino.

Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose says he's 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule - ESPN Chicago
Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose is back on a basketball court as he rehabs from knee surgery, and Rose said his recovery is two or three weeks ahead of schedule.

Blazers coaching candidate Steve Clifford to join Lakers coaching staff
Former Orlando Magic assistant coach Steve Clifford has agreed to join Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike Brown on his coaching staff, CSNNW.com has learned.

Lakers fans will be paying more to see Dwight Howard - latimes.com

So the cost for Lakers tickets have now become even more costlier. Good luck trying to find affordable Clipper tickets this season against the Lakers. And you'd thought Clipper tickets have taken a big price raise after acquiring Chris Paul?

Twitter / MySportsLegion: Clippers, Wizards and Nets pondering idea to send the White Mamba, Brian Scalabrine a training camp invitation.

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Olympian Leandro Barbosa Remains Unsigned | HOOPSWORLD | Basketball News & NBA Rumors

NBA veteran Leandro Barbosa remains unsigned after personal success at the Olympics.

One trade to watch for: Philly moving a big man (not Bynum) | ProBasketballTalk
Philadelphia had their big man rotation set. Coach Doug Collins said Kwame Brown was going to be the starter.

USA men's and women's gold medal games deliver huge viewership for NBC | NBA.com
The USA Men's and Women's Basketball teams drew big viewership numbers for their gold medal games on NBC - with 12.5 million viewers for the men, and 10.2 viewers for the women - helping propel NBC Sports to record numbers throughout the Summer Olympics in London.

The Lakers have a potential $85 million luxury tax bill looming | ProBasketballTalk
As it stands now (with the roster basically set), the Lakers will have a $99 million payroll — $17 million more than the second most expensive team in the NBA (Brooklyn at $82 million). The Lakers payroll the following season will be in that same ballpark.

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