Chauncey Billups silent, but Blake Griffin likes Clippers’ moves

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Even Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin has seen how things have changed in Clipperland.

Griffin already has noticed that “the target has shifted a little bit” because of what the Clippers have done in recent days.

They acquired Chauncey Billups on Monday by winning the waiver auction bid when the New York Knicks used the new “amnesty” provision to release him.

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Billups was at the practice facility in Playa Vista, but he didn’t practice and he didn’t speak with the media Thursday. The Clippers are hoping to have a news conference with Billups on Friday when the team is scheduled to have an off day.

The Clippers re-signed restricted free-agent center DeAndre Jordan on Monday by matching the four-year, $43.2-million offer sheet he got from the Golden State Warriors.

Then the Clippers went out and made a mega-trade Wednesday night in which they acquired Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets for Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu and the unprotected first-round draft pick they got from the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2005.

Paul was in town, but he didn’t practice Thursday. He was scheduled to have his news conference later that night.

All of these things have Griffin feeling good about the future of the Clippers.

But Griffin said he wasn’t going to promise that the Clippers are going to “win this amount of games” during the 66-game shortened season or promise that “we’re going to go this far in the playoffs.” He did make a promise, though.

“The only thing I’m going to promise is that we’re going to give our best every night,” Griffin said. “When you hear of the Clippers, it’s not going to be a joke any more. I can guarantee that.”


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