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Talks between Clippers, Knicks yield no deal

LOS ANGELES -- After the Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks spent considerable time Wednesday talking trade possibilities, the two sides backed away from doing a deal, according to NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

The last scenario had the Clippers sending point guard Darren Collison and forward Matt Barnes to New York in exchange for Knicks guards Iman Shumpert and Raymond Felton.

But as the day wore on, an NBA executive said that deal was dead.

Still, with the trading deadline not until noon West Coast time on Thursday, the executive said the deal "could be revived."

The Clippers also had internal discussions about trading for Cleveland Cavaliers center Tyler Zeller and guard C.J. Miles, but that never got anywhere.

"I've heard so much stuff the last few days," Barnes said after Tuesday night's game. "But I've still got to lock in and do my job.

"It's tough no matter what. You hope you're here for the long haul, but like I said, it's a business and the team always has to do what's best for them. The player just has to stand by and see what happens."

When the trade talks began, Collison and rookie Reggie Bullock were the two players mentioned.

But Clippers coach Doc Rivers was reluctant to trade Bullock.

Rivers likes Bullock's talents and is looking to find playing time for him now that starting shooting guard J.J. Redick is out indefinitely with a bulging disk in his lower back.

The Clippers and Knicks then talked about adding Jared Dudley to any deal.

The Knicks wanted the Clippers to take Felton, but Rivers wasn't high on him, according to an executive.

The next plan was for the Clippers to send Barnes to the Knicks if Los Angeles would take Felton.

"It's the business, man," Barnes said. "You never know. You've just got to go out there and play your game and play hard and roll with the punches."

The Clippers have an 11 a.m. flight Thursday to Memphis, one hour before the trade deadline.

The Clippers play the Grizzlies on Friday night.

"The countdown is Thursday," Barnes said. "We leave Thursday, right? You hope you're able to get on that flight, I guess. It's the countdown, man. So as a player, you've just got to roll with the punches and be professional and be ready for whatever is thrown your way.

"There is a lot of stuff that goes on that is distracting for us. But our job is to lock in and play basketball. So we can't let anything outside be a distraction."


Blake Griffin and Chris Paul were ranked among the NBA's top 10 endorsement earners by Forbes on Monday.

According to Forbes, Griffin, ranked ninth, earns $6 million in off-the-court income, and Paul, ranked 10th, pulls in $4 million in endorsements.

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