Locker room issues make for worrying summer for two NBA playoff failures

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After suffering playoff heartache over the weekend, the post-mortem has begun at both the Los Angeles Clippers and Chicago Bulls and it doesn't look positive.

Meanwhile there was a big new contract in the NFL for one of the 2012 draft class of quarterbacks, and the NHL playoffs continued with a big night in New York.


We begin in the NBA, where things just get worse for the LA Clippers and Chicago Bulls. Fresh from being dumped out of the playoffs, reports have emerged claiming there is growing unrest in both camps.

In LA, a breakdown in the relationship between Deandre Jordan and Chris Paul could lead to the big man departing.

While, in Chicago, growing tension between Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler has been blamed for their early exit.

According to CBS Chicago's Dan Bernstein, Rose'a lacklustre second half performance in Game Six of the Bulls series vs the Cavs (he attempted just four shots an no free throws) was down to a rift with the NBA's Most Improved Player. 

Both players like to see themselves as the team's offensive leader and, according to the report:

"Sources describe a passive-aggressive reaction from Rose that was the culmination of tensions building in recent weeks with Butler’s emergence as a primary scorer."


Across to the NFL, and the Miami Dolphins have secured the services of quarterback Ryan Tannehill on a new long-term deal.

Tannehill is now signed through the 2020 season on a contract worth $95 million over six years and becomes the first of the 2012 quarterback draft class that included Andrew Luck, RGIII and Russell Wilson to secure a lucrative new deal.

Elsewhere, under-pressure Buffalo Bills QB, EJ Manuel, has received the backing of franchise legend Jim Kelly. With rumors that Manuel could be cut this offseason, Kelly believes the young player has all the qualities needed to succeed.


Finally, in the NHL, the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New York Rangers 6-2 to even up their playoff series at one a-piece.

A hattrick from Tyler Johnson sparked the Lightning into life in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals series.

'Goalie Ben Bishop, meanwhile, made 35 saves for Tampa Bay.

NBA fans: Will the offseason see major change in both Los Angeles and Chicago, and where will DeAndre Jordan end up? Have your say in the comments section below...

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