Some Post-Vacation Clipper Notes

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Let’s get caught up, quickly.

– Rasual Butler and Craig Smith both re-upped with the Clippers for one-year deals. Good pieces for this incarnation of the Clippers and both add to the continuity the team is going for as it tries to figure out what it has in the four rookies (Griffin, Aminu, Bledsoe and Warren) and how they mesh with new coach Vinny Del Negro’s style.

– The signing of Butler means the team won’t be signing Tracy McGrady, who worked out for the team last week. All signs point to McGrady joining the Bulls if he can show in tomorrow’s workout that he is healthy and willing to come off the bench for a talented Chicago team. This is probably a good thing for the Clips, as it will free up time for Aminu and allowed Butler to stay with the team.

-Eric Gordon just wrapped up his tryout for the Team USA that will compete in the FIBA Championships later this summer in Turkey. Though Gordon did draw praise from Team USA Chairman Jerry Colangelo for his play this weekend in Las Vegas, Gordon is thought to be a long-shot to make the team ahead of guys like Chauncey Billups, Rajon Rando, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry and OJ Mayo. Obviously I’m hoping he makes the traveling team but I’m also hoping that the time spent working with those guys will have a carry over to his play for the Clippers this fall.

– One Clipper who definitely won’t be headed to Turkey to compete is center Chris Kaman, a member of the German national team. Kaman has decided to sit this one out after his close friend Dirk Nowitzki opted to pass on the games.

Baron Davis has completed the paperwork to change his jersey number from 1 to 5.

Tags: Al-Farouq Aminu Baron Davis Blake Griffin Bulls Chauncey Billups Chris Kaman Craig Smith Derrick Rose Dirk Nowitzki Eric Bledsoe FIBA Jerry Colangelo Los Angeles Clippers OJ Mayo Rajon Rando Rasual Butler Russell Westbrook Stephen Curry Tracy McGrady Vinny Del Negro Willie Warren

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