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Clippers Using Augmented Graphics To Enhance Broadcast

Oct 19, 2018 5:21 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have partnered with Second Spectrum to bring augmented graphics to their telecasts this season.

CourtVision uses machine learning, data visualization, and augmented reality to enhance the broadcast.

“What we wanted to do required a machine to understand the game like a coach or a human, then augment it,” Second Spectrum CEO Rajiv Maheswaran said. “John Madden taught us a lot about football, and, because of the breaks in the game, he drew a lot on the screen. We want to bring the same thing to basketball.”

“No one understands the intersection of sports media and technology better than Steve Ballmer, and every team will benefit from the pioneering work that he and Second Spectrum are doing to enhance the game experience. I look forward to seeing the results.”

Second Spectrum’s goal is for everyone to watch sports in this way in the future.

“There will be a day we look back and say, ‘I can’t believe we used to watch everything the same way at the same time,’” Maheswaran said. “This is the start of that. It’s like rolling off the first car or computer. It’ll get a lot better, but the first one that ships off the factory line is super exciting.”

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Woj: Clippers Have Strong Chance Of Signing Kawhi Leonard

Oct 18, 2018 1:07 PM

Kawhi Leonard was linked to the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers during the offseason when he was on the trade block as the destinations he preferred in his 2019 free agency.

"What the Clippers are doing right now is very below the radar," said Adrian Wojnarowski on his podcast with Zach Lowe. "What they've done to put themselves in position. They didn't gut themselves and they're not tanking. They're putting a competitive team on the floor.

"I think, right now, with Kawhi Leonard, they have a better than not chance of getting him. We know things will change. He could love Toronto."

Wojnarowski added that maybe the situation could change if the Raptors reach The Finals.

"The Clippers are in great position with (Leonard)," said Wojnarowski. "They have two max slots. They will be heard from again, I think, in these Jimmy Butler trade talks."

Wojnarowski added he believes the Clippers have done a good job in collecting hard playing role players that stars want to play with.

The Clippers have also been strongly linked with a pursuit of Kevin Durant in free agency.

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Clippers' Front Office To Attend High Number Of Kevin Durant Games

Oct 17, 2018 10:14 AM

Personnel from the Los Angeles Clippers' front office are expected to attend a high number of Golden State Warriors' games this season.

The Clippers, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers are expected to pursue Durant in free agency.

Durant took a meeting with the Clippers as a free agent in 2016, which was also attended by Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. All three of those players have since left the Clippers.

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Clippers Waive Jawun Evans

Oct 15, 2018 5:08 PM

The L.A. Clippers have waived guard Jawun Evans.

“We had a productive and very competitive training camp and preseason, and all of our players deserve to be on the team. As difficult as these decisions can be, we are very proud of this group and excited to begin the season with them,” said Lawrence Frank. “Jawun is a highly competitive, intelligent player who worked extremely hard this summer and throughout camp. We are grateful for Jawun’s contributions to the Clippers and wish him the absolute best moving forward.”

Evans, 22, appeared in 48 games in his rookie season with L.A., averaging 4.8 points, 2.1 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 16.2 minutes. A product of Oklahoma State, he led the Big 12 in scoring (19.2 ppg), was an AP All-America Honorable Mention selection and was named to the All-Big 12 First Team as a sophomore. He was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 2015-16 and was a McDonald’s and Parade All-American out of Kimball High School in Dallas.

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Clippers Trade Wesley Johnson To Pelicans For Alexis Ajinca

Oct 15, 2018 3:19 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to trade Wesley Johnson to the New Orleans Pelicans for Alexis Ajinca.

Johnson and Ajinca are each in the expiring season of their current contracts.

The Clippers will waive Ajinca, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

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Clippers Waive Desi Rodriguez

Oct 10, 2018 10:41 AM

The Los Angeles Clippers have waived forward Desi Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, 22, appeared in two preseason games for the Clippers, tallying one assist and one steal in 9.3 minutes. The 6’6”, 220-pound swingman appeared in six games for the Clippers in the 2018 Las Vegas NBA Summer league, averaging 7.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 21.6 minutes. Rodriguez played four collegiate seasons at Seton Hall University, appearing in 129 games (97 starts) and averaging 12.8 points and 4.9 rebounds, while shooting 36 percent from three-point range in 26.3 minutes.

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Clippers Haven't Offered Tobias Harris To Wolves For Jimmy Butler

Oct 8, 2018 11:46 AM

The Los Angeles Clippers have yet to offer Tobias Harris in any trade package to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Jimmy Butler.

The Clippers acquired Harris from the Detroit Pistons in the Blake Griffin trade last January.

Harris turned down a four-year, $80 million contract extension from the Clippers.

There are not currently any active talks between the Clippers and Wolves.

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Clippers, Wolves Remain Engaged On Jimmy Butler Trade

Oct 5, 2018 5:44 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have held ongoing trade talks with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Jimmy Butler.

The Wolves have sought multiple players and picks for Butler.

Minnesota would prefer to acquire Tobias Harris in any deal involving Butler, but the Clippers intend to keep him.

The Wolves have been ambitious in their trade negotiations as they still hope to keep Butler.

Butler has the Clippers on his wish list.

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RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On West Over-Unders

Sep 28, 2018 4:13 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti (@AmericanNumbers) break down the over/unders for the Western Conference.

They discuss the win total, division, conference and title odds as well as any pertinent individual award lines for the Kings (1:58), Suns (10:35), Mavericks (16:40), Grizzlies (25:51), Clippers (30:40), Trail Blazers (39:55), Spurs (46:39), Pelicans (54:25), Timberwolves (1:01:22), Lakers (1:13:21), Nuggets (1:24:22), Thunder (1:30:27), Jazz (1:37:59), Rockets (1:44:26) and Warriors (1:57:51).

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Heat Most Aggressive In Pursuing Trade For Jimmy Butler

Sep 24, 2018 11:14 AM

The Miami Heat have been as aggressive as any other team in pursuing a trade for Jimmy Butler.

The Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings are among the teams interested in a deal for Butler.

Butler requested a trade from the Wolves last week.

Glen Taylor and Butler want a deal completed before the Timberwolves' first day of practice on Tuesday.

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Clippers Emerge As Frontrunner To Sign Kawhi Leonard In 2019
Kawhi Leonard will become a free agent in 2019 and is entering his first season with the Raptors.

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Jimmy Butler Prefers Clippers For Trade, Downplays Fractured Relationship With Towns
Jimmy Butler has the Nets third behind the Clippers and Knicks.

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Jimmy Butler Requests Trade From Wolves
Jimmy Butler would prefer a trade to the Nets, Clippers or Knicks.

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Lee Jenkins Joins Front Office Of Clippers As Executive Director Of Research And Insight
Lee Jenkins will have the title of Executive Director of Research and Insight.

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Desi Rodriguez Signs Camp Deal With Clippers
Desi Rodriguez went undrafted out of Seton Hall in 2018.

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RealGM Radio: Kevin Pelton, Ben Golliver On The Pacific Division
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Clippers Match Tyrone Wallace's Offer Sheet With Pelicans
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Clippers Expected To Decline Matching Tyrone Wallace's Offer Sheet With Pelicans
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Tyrone Wallace Agrees To Offer Sheet With Pelicans
The Clippers placed a two-way qualifying offer on Tyrone Wallace and can match his deal.

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Kawhi Leonard Approaching Raptors With Open Mind
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Kawhi Leonard Still Prefers To Sign With Lakers, Clippers
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Steve Ballmer: Clippers Will Move To Inglewood Come Hell Or High Water
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Bruce Bowen Won't Return As Clippers' Announcer Following Leonard Comments
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Clippers Trade Sam Dekker To Cavaliers
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Cavaliers To Acquire Sam Dekker From Clippers
The Clippers are clearing a roster spot while Sam Dekker will get a better opportunity to earn minutes.

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Clippers Waive C.J. Williams
C.J. Williams averaged 5.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 18.6 minutes per game with the Clippers last season.

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Tobias Harris Rejects $80M Contract Extension Offer From Clippers
Tobias Harris will play out the final season of his current deal and become an unrestricted free agent in 2019.

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Clippers Re-Sign Montrezl Harrell To Two-Year, $12M Deal
Montrezl Harrell was acquired from the Rockets in the Chris Paul trade.

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Kawhi Leonard Reportedly Talking To Other Stars About 2019 Free Agency Plans
Kawhi Leonard has been in conversation with other players about playing in Los Angeles and Brooklyn.

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Blazers, Suns, Nuggets, Wizards Have Also Discussed Kawhi Leonard Trade With Spurs
Kawhi Leonard is seriously considering attending USA Basketball national team's minicamp in Las Vegas next week.

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