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Robert Covington, Clippers Agree To Two-Year, $24M Extension

May 5, 2022 8:48 PM

Robert Covington has agreed to a two-year, $24 million extension with the Los Angeles Clippers. 

Under collective bargaining rules, Covington was eligible to re-sign with the Clippers for a maximum of two years before the start of free agency in July. The Clippers' projected luxury tax bill for next season increases from $17.8 million to $54.9 million with Covington's new deal.

The Clippers traded for Covington in February as part of an acquisition for Norman Powell. 

For his career, Covington has averaged 11.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.0 block per game.

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Clippers, Heat Interested In John Wall If Bought Out By Rockets

Apr 21, 2022 9:39 PM

The Houston Rockets and John Wall are expected to revisit buyout talks before free agency should they be unable to trade him before the June 23th draft.

Wall would then become an unrestricted free agent with sources telling Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report that the Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat as strong potential landing spots.

The Rockets inquired about a trade deadline deal with the Los Angeles Lakers for Russell Westbrook with the belief he'd be more amenable to negotiate a buyout. But those talks never gained serious traction, sources telling Fisher.

With Wall picking up his $47.4 million player option for 22-23, he could be even more challenging to part ways with than the Lakers will be with Westbrook.

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Tags: John Wall, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA

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Play-In Results Shuffled Draft Board In Significant Ways

Apr 16, 2022 10:26 AM

One of the side effects of the Play-In Tournament was the major impact it had on the 2022 NBA Draft board. This season, multiple teams saw their 2022 draft pick situation change based on the results of the Play-In Tournament.

With the Cleveland Cavaliers loss to the Atlanta Hawks, their pick went from being tied for 16/17 to 14. That pick was lottery-protected, so Cleveland will now keep the pick vs delivering it to the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers can receive a first-round selection from the Cavs next season, but it is also lottery-protected. It turns into two second-round picks if not conveyed in 2023.

The New Orleans Pelicans victory over the LA Clippers had an even bigger impact to the draft board. The Pelicans pick went from 11 to 15. That changed who New Orleans conveys that pick to from the Portland Trail Blazers to the Charlotte Hornets. Portland will now receive a top-4 protected Milwaukee Bucks (via New Orleans) in 2025.

The Clippers dropping into the lottery gave the Oklahoma City Thunder a second lottery selection. That pick is also non-protected. It's important to remember that LA once conveyed the first overall selection to Cleveland when they jumped to the top of the draft lottery.

The full pre-lottery first round order is:

  1. Houston Rockets
  2. Orlando Magic
  3. Detroit Pistons
  4. Oklahoma City Thunder
  5. Indiana Pacers
  6. Portland Trail Blazers
  7. Sacramento Kings
  8. New Orleans Pelicans (via Los Angeles Lakers)
  9. San Antonio Spurs
  10. Washington Wizards
  11. New York Knicks
  12. Oklahoma City Thunder (via LA Clippers)
  13. Charlotte Hornets
  14. Cleveland Cavaliers
  15. Charlotte Hornets (via New Orleans Pelicans)
  16. Atlanta Hawks
  17. Houston Rockets (via Brooklyn Nets)
  18. Chicago Bulls/Minnesota Timberwolves
  19. Chicago Bulls/Minnesota Timberwolves
  20. Denver Nuggets/San Antonio Spurs (via Toronto Raptors)
  21. Denver Nuggets/San Antonio Spurs (via Toronto Raptors)
  22. Memphis Grizzlies (via Utah Jazz)
  23. Milwaukee Bucks/Philadelphia 76ers (or Brooklyn Nets)/San Antonio Spurs (via Boston Celtics)
  24. Milwaukee Bucks/Philadelphia 76ers (or Brooklyn Nets)/San Antonio Spurs (via Boston Celtics)
  25. Milwaukee Bucks/Philadelphia 76ers (or Brooklyn Nets)/San Antonio Spurs (via Boston Celtics)
  26. Dallas Mavericks
  27. Golden State Warriors/Miami Heat
  28. Golden State Warriors/Miami Heat
  29. Memphis Grizzlies
  30. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Phoenix Suns)

Ties will be broken by random drawing on Monday, April 18.

The Brooklyn Nets can receive the Philadelphia 76ers first-round selection, or Brooklyn can defer to receiving that pick at the 2023 draft instead.

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Paul George Enters COVID-19 Protocols Ahead Of Play-In

Apr 15, 2022 3:03 PM

Paul George has entered the NBA's COVID-19 health and safety protocols ahead of Friday's Play-In game against the New Orleans Pelicans.

George started to show symptoms on Thursday and tested on Friday. There are no other players on the Clippers experiencing symptoms and therefore won't have to test ahead of their game on Friday. 

The Los Angeles Clippers lost at the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday, setting up their opportunity to advance to the playoffs at home. The winner of Friday's game between the Clippers and Pelicans will play the Phoenix Suns in the first round.

George returned from his UCL injury in March and averaged 24.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.7 assists in 34.7 minutes over 31 games this season.

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Some Execs Believe Chasing Superstars Has Become Less Appealing Strategy Since 2019

Apr 12, 2022 12:41 PM

The 2019 offseason marked the creation of three new superteams in the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving signed with Brooklyn, while the Lakers had traded for Anthony Davis to pair with LeBron James in June. A few days into free agency, the Clippers simultaneously traded for Paul George and signed Kawhi Leonard.

Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN writes that "Several top league executives assert that devising a strategy around chasing big-name stars doesn't hold the same appeal it once did."

To date, the Lakers won a championship in 2020 but were eliminated in the first round in 2021 and missed the playoffs altogether in 2022. Brooklyn advanced to the second round in 2021, while the Clippers have reached the Conference Finals in 2021.

"Assembling a superteam is something very, very few organizations can do," one senior league executive tells ESPN. "And we're seeing that even fewer can actually pull it off because superstars aren't enough -- it has to be the right superstars in the right culture. What this current era of NBA basketball is showing us is that going all-in -- whether it's with cap space or all of your loot -- to go acquire two or three of the top talented players in the league and having either underperforming infrastructure or a complete lack of roster depth, you're doing nothing favorable for your organization."

History shows that a superteam has a better chance to succeed with an organizational anchor. Outside of the 19-20 Lakers, no team comprising a core without a homegrown star as one of its two best players has won a title in more than 40 years.

The Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks enter the playoffs as the favorites in their respective conference. Both teams feature multiple homegrown stars while they have added veteran point guards via trade in Chris Paul and Jrue Holiday respectively. 

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Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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NBA Play-In Tournament Field Set

Apr 10, 2022 6:45 PM

The 2022 NBA Play-In Tournament field has been set.

Eastern Conference:

7 vs 8 game - Cleveland Cavaliers at Brooklyn Nets - Tuesday

9 vs 10 game - Charlotte Hornets at Atlanta Hawks - Wednesday

Winner of 7 vs 8 will be the 7-seed. Loser will host the Winner of 9 vs 10 on Friday. The winner of that game will be the 8-seed.

Western Conference:

7 vs 8 game - LA Clippers at Minnesota Timberwolves - Tuesday

9 vs 10 game - San Antonio Spurs at New Orleans Pelicans - Wednesday

Winner of 7 vs 8 will be the 7-seed. Loser will host the Winner of 9 vs 10 on Friday. The winner of that game will be the 8-seed.

 

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Kawhi Leonard Hasn't Progressed Beyond Individual Work

Apr 9, 2022 9:50 AM

The LA Clippers are headed to the Play-In Tournament as a much healthier team than it looked like they would be. However, the Clippers likely won't be at full strength. Despite recently getting Paul George and Norman Powell back from injuries, it doesn't seem like Kawhi Leonard will be joining them.

LA coach Ty Lue threw a little cold water on the idea that Leonard could return for the start of the postseason. When asked about Leonard's status in his rehab, Lue said his star forward is still doing individual work. Lue confirmed Leonard hasn't advanced to playing even 3-on-3 yet.

Leonard has missed the entire 2021-22 as he rehabs from a torn ACL suffered in last season's playoffs. There was so hope the All-Star might return before the end of this season, but the Clippers and Leonard are being cautious to avoid any setbacks. Leonard agreed to a four-year, $176 million contract with LA this past offseason.

Andrew Greif/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Norman Powell To Return From Broken Foot

Apr 6, 2022 4:24 PM

Norman Powell plans to make his return to game action with the Los Angeles Clippers after missing nearly two months with a broken foot.

The Clippers traded for Powell shortly before the trade deadline. 

In three games with the Clippers, Powell is averaging 21.0 points, 3 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 26.8 minutes per game.

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FX Orders Limited Series Based On 'The Sterling Affairs' Podcast

Apr 5, 2022 8:22 AM

FX has ordered a series based on the ESPN 30 for 30 podcast “The Sterling Affairs.” 

Laurence Fishburne will star as Doc Rivers while Jacki Weaver will play Shelly Sterling.

Ramona Shelburne, the reporter and host behind the original podcast, will executive produce. 

The project includes several CAA clients Shelburne. 

Variety

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Bucks, Clippers To Collectively Sit Eight Starters On Back-To-Back

Apr 1, 2022 3:35 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers will collectively be without eight starters for their game on Friday.

Both teams played overtime games Thursday night, with the Bucks winning 120-119 at Brooklyn and the Clippers losing 135-130 at Chicago.

Giannis Antetokounmpo will rest a sore right knee while Paul George will sit out first game since returning on Tuesday.

Reggie Jackson (rest), Marcus Morris Sr. (left knee soreness) and Nic Batum(left ankle soreness) will join George on the Clippers' sideline. Rookie Brandon Boston Jr. (non-COVID-19 illness) is also out.

The Bucks' injury report indicates that Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday(sprained left ankle), Khris Middleton (sore left wrist) and Brook Lopez won't play.

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Paul George Participates In Five-On-Five Practice, Upgraded To Questionable For Tuesday

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Clippers Convert Amir Coffey, Waive Semi Ojeleye, Sign Xavier Moon

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Paul George Returns To Practice As Elbow Rehab Continues

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Jamal Crawford Announces Basketball Retirement

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Clippers Would Hold Out Paul George, Kawhi Leonard Of Playoffs If They Can't Return For Regular Season

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Reggie Jackson: We Have The Best Coach In The League

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Paul George Making Progress With Torn UCL But Needs More Time

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Paul George Could Return From UCL Injury In Mid-March

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Norman Powell Out Indefinitely With Fractured Foot

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Marvin Bagley To Pistons, Donte DiVincenzo To Kings, Bucks Get Serge Ibaka In Four-Team Trade

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Clippers Acquire Norman Powell, Robert Covington From Blazers For Bledsoe, Winslow, K. Johnson

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Kawhi Leonard 'Probably Not Coming Back' This Season

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Rockets Have Received Interest In John Wall From Multiple Teams Including Clippers

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Clippers Extend Paul George's Period Of Rest For Torn Ligament In Elbow

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Paul George Could Be Out For Remainder Of Season

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Clippers Could Become Sellers At Trade Deadline

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