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Kawhi Leonard Has Been Focused On 'Home And L.A.'

Dec 15, 2018 12:25 PM

The acquisition of Kawhi Leonard by the Toronto Raptors has gone extremely well, but they remain nervous about their odds of re-signing him in 2019.

"They can't change the geography. They can't change the weather in Toronto. Those were always be things against them in this," said Adrian Wojnarowski. "Home and L.A. has been the focus for Kawhi Leonard through all of this."

Wojnarowski also added that quality of life will also be a priority for Leonard and that his prior championship changes the equation for some players. 

Leonard previously sought a trade from the San Antonio Spurs to one of the two Los Angeles teams.

The Los Angeles Clippers have been sending Lawrence Frank to an inordinate number Raptors' games and have been treating Leonard's impending free agency almost like a college recruiting process. 

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Tags: Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Clippers Have Master Plan To Add Both Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant

Dec 12, 2018 2:31 AM

The Los Angeles Clippers are executing a "revolutionary" plan to sign either Kawhi Leonard or Kevin Durant - or both - this offseason, according to Brian Windhorst. 

The chase to add Leonard and Durant, described as a "transparent obsession", is driven by Steve Ballmer's unique approach to free agency. The Toronto Raptors have noticed a Clippers employee at 75% of Raptors home games this season, including team president Lawrence Frank (team presidents and general managers don't usually attend games that don't involve their own team).

Windhorst notes that their ability to sign both Durant and Leonard was made possible through savvy moves by general manager Michael Winger in signing Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell to team-friendly deals.

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Lou Williams Out For Estimated Two Weeks With Hamstring Injury

Dec 12, 2018 1:48 AM

Lou William injured his right hamstring during the Los Angeles Clippers' 123-119 win over the Phoenix Suns on Monday.

Doc Rivers said his "best guess" was that Williams would be out for two weeks. Williams is averaging 17.2 points and 4.5 assists per game.

When asked who on the Clippers roster would replace Williams' production, Rivers said "you are not going to replace Lou so don't try. Just don't try. Just try to score as much as you can, stay aggressive and move the ball more."

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Tags: Lou Williams, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Patrick Beverley Fined $25,000 For Throwing Ball At Heckler

Dec 4, 2018 2:38 PM

Patrick Beverley has been fined $25,000 for throwing the game ball at a spectator who was heckling him.

The incident, for which Beverley was assessed a technical foul and ejected, occurred with 9:10 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Clippers’ 114-110 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Dec. 2 at American Airlines Center.

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Doc Rivers, Nick Nurse Named NBA's Coaches Of The Month For Oct, Nov

Dec 3, 2018 4:39 PM

Doc Rivers and Nick Nurse have been named the NBA's Coaches of the Month for October and November.

Rivers led the Clippers to a Western Conference-best 15-6 record over the first two months of the season, tied for the NBA’s second-best record in that span.

Nurse led Toronto to an NBA-best 19-4 record, including a franchise-record six straight victories to start the season (Oct. 17-26). 

 

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Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Award

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Tobias Harris, Giannis Antetokounmpo Named Players Of The Month For Oct, Nov

Dec 3, 2018 4:21 PM

Tobias Harris has been named Western Conference Player of the Month for October and November. This is Harris’ first career Player of the Month honor. He was previously named Western Conference Player of the Week for Week 6 (games played Monday, November 19, through Sunday, November 25).

Giannis Antetokounmpo was the Eastern Conference winner.

Harris helped lead the Clippers to a Western Conference-best 15-6 record over the first two months of the season, behind averages of 21.7 points and 8.7 rebounds in addition to shooting splits of 52.8 percent from the field, 44.0 percent from three-point range and 82.6 percent from the free-throw line.

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Tags: Tobias Harris, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Award

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Tobias Harris, Giannis Antetokounmpo Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Nov 26, 2018 4:25 PM

Tobias Harris and Giannis Antetokounmpo have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for Week 6.

Harris averaged 24.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game as the Clippers went 3-1.

Antetokounmpo averaged 32.8 points, 14.0 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game as the Bucks went 3-1.

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Blake Griffin Nearly Had 'Breakdown' After Injuring Toe In 2017 Playoffs

Nov 26, 2018 9:19 AM

When Blake Griffin injured his big toe during the 2017 Playoffs, he almost had "a breakdown."

“I remember just thinking that I had been doing everything I possibly could: diet, foam roll every night on your own, work with your own trainers, work with the team’s trainers, sleep in a hyperbaric chamber. I have an ice tub in my house. I have everything down to a science,” Griffin said. “And … this stuff still happens.”

Griffin spends more than six figures per year to have a personal trainer on call. Griffin's desire to get and stay healthy was fortified after his final playoff run with the Clippers.

“The real test for me was not getting discouraged through that,” he said. “I could easily have been, ‘[Expletive] it. I’m just going to stop caring as much, stop doing all those things that I do.’ But that’s not me as a person. So I just stuck to my routine that summer. And this summer. I put the time in and feel great.”

This past offseason, Griffin was finally focused on improvement instead of rehabbing an injury.

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Tags: Blake Griffin, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA

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Milos Teodosic Expects To Return To Europe By 19-20 Season

Nov 23, 2018 10:40 AM

Milos Teodosic is in his second season in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers and it sounds like he would prefer a return to Europe.

“I think I definitely won’t stay here because… I came, I saw how it looks and somehow… I enjoy more and it’s nicer for me to play in Europe. So, I will return to Europe for sure, will it be during this season or at the end, we’ll see,” Teodosic said in an interview with Glas Amerike.

Teodosic has seen his role reduced this season with the Clippers.

If Teodosic is bought out, he could return immediately to Europe and is expected to receive interest from several clubs.

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Jimmy Butler Deflects Question On Possible Los Angeles Future

Nov 6, 2018 4:03 PM

Jimmy Butler was asked about the possibility of playing for the Los Angeles Clippers following the Minnesota Timberwolves' 120-109 loss on Monday.

Butler reportedly had the Clippers on his list of preferred trade destinations. Both the Clippers and Lakers project to have enough cap space to sign Butler as a free agent.

"No, I'm in Minnesota for the time being," Butler said. "I'll enjoy the sunshine for a couple days, and then if we go back there, we go back there."

Butler said his situation isn't affecting him one way or the other as he continues to wait for a trade.

"I just hoop," Butler said. "I play basketball. I go out there, and I try to win home or away. I think that's my job. I'm not worried about nothing -- none of that. You [reporters] continue to ask those questions, but it's not going to change how I go about the game. It's not going to change how I interact with guys in this locker room. We'll be just fine."

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Woj: Clippers Have Strong Chance Of Signing Kawhi Leonard
The Clippers project to have two max contract slots.

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Clippers' Front Office To Attend High Number Of Kevin Durant Games
Kevin Durant took a meeting with the Clippers as a free agent in 2016.

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Clippers Waive Jawun Evans
Jawun Evans appeared in 48 games in his rookie season with the Clippers.

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Clippers Trade Wesley Johnson To Pelicans For Alexis Ajinca
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Clippers Waive Desi Rodriguez
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Clippers Haven't Offered Tobias Harris To Wolves For Jimmy Butler
There are not currently any active talks between the Clippers and Wolves.

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Clippers, Wolves Remain Engaged On Jimmy Butler Trade
Minnesota would prefer to acquire Tobias Harris in any deal involving Jimmy Butler.

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RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On West Over-Unders
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti break down the over/unders for the Western Conference.

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Heat Most Aggressive In Pursuing Trade For Jimmy Butler
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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
Host Danny Leroux, Kevin Pelton of ESPN and Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated go in-depth on the NBA’s Pacific Division.

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Clippers Match Tyrone Wallace's Offer Sheet With Pelicans
The Clippers now have 17 contracts on their roster, which will require them to make multiple roster moves before the season stars.

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Clippers Expected To Decline Matching Tyrone Wallace's Offer Sheet With Pelicans
Tyrone Wallace was on a two-way contract with the Clippers last season.

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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
Jabari Young reports Kawhi Leonard will give his situation with the Raptors every opportunity to work.

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