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Zach LaVine Offers To Pay Jim Boylen's Fine

Mar 17, 2019 11:59 AM

The Chicago Bulls will let Zach LaVine pay Jim Boylen's fine for getting ejected from a game, pending league rules.

NBA rules stipulate that the person receiving the fine must pay it. Boylen is expected to be fined $7,000 - $5000 for two technical fouls and $2000 for the ejection.

Boylen was ejected after arguing with Doc Rivers about how the Clippers were setting screens during the game.

"What Jim did, I personally respect that a lot. He really cares about us and he's going to fight for us. That shows his true character the way he feels about us," said LaVine.

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Doc Rivers, Jim Boylen Ejected After Midcourt Confrontation

Mar 16, 2019 1:46 AM

Doc Rivers and Jim Boylen were ejected after an argument during the 3rd quarter of the Los Angeles Clippers 128-121 win over the Chicago Bulls.

The confrontation took place following an offensive foul call on Montrezl Harrell.

Rivers and Boylen were each issued a pair of technical fouls, leading to their ejection. 

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Lakers Considered Return To Forum After Approach From Irving Azoff

Mar 14, 2019 11:52 AM

Irving Azoff floated an idea in 2017 to Jeanie Buss and Linda Rambis about the Los Angeles Lakers moving back to the Forum.

“Heres my dream,” Azoff emailed Buss and Rambis on June 14, 2017. “Rebuild the forum from scratch. Lakers plus music. boom.”

Azoff appeared motivated to bring the Lakers in as a way of blocking Steve Ballmer from building an arena in Inglewood for the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Lakers, however, are believed to be discussing an extension to their Staples Center lease that runs through the 24-25 season.

“MSG approached the Lakers about the possibility of returning to the Forum following the end of our Lease at Staples Center in 2025, but nothing came from the discussions,” the Lakers said in a statement.

Buss responded a half-hour later to the email from Azoff, who has close business ties with the Forum and its owner, Madison Square Garden Co., the New York-based sports and entertainment giant.

“I think about the vision you and [wife] Shelli had when you re-imagined the Forum and how you made it happen,” Buss wrote. “I believe you can do anything.”

The Lakers left the Forum for Staples Center in 1999.

In a statement, MSG said it “approached the Lakers about the possibility of repurposing the Forum in the future to accommodate basketball once again, but ultimately nothing came of it.”


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Clippers To Sign Justin Bibbs To 10-Day Contract

Mar 13, 2019 7:52 AM

The Los Angeles Clippers will sign Justin Bibbs to a 10-day contract.

Bibbs has averaged 11.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists for the G League's Maine Red Claws this season.

Bibbs played for the Celtics in Summer League.

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Kyrie Irving Offers Effusive Praise Of Doc Rivers

Mar 12, 2019 9:08 AM

Kyrie Irving was asked for his thoughts on the Los Angeles Clippers' season and turned it into a ringing endorsement for Doc Rivers.

"It's so easy to play for a guy that's been a player in this league," said Irving of Rivers.

"He's won a championship and he's done unbelievable things in this league for his players while giving them confidence to go out there and be who they are.

"Lou (Williams) signed an extension for a reason, and that's Doc. He puts those guys in position, gives them the freedom and keeps them encouraged throughout the whole game -- especially when they're at home."

Rivers had a 13-year NBA playing career while Brad Stevens played collegiately at DePauw.

The Los Angeles Clippers plan to pursue multiple max level free agent this offseason.

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA

Lou Williams Passes Dell Curry For Most All-Time Points By Reserve

Mar 12, 2019 8:38 AM

Lou Williams passed Dell Curry for the most career points scored by a reserve.

Williams entered the night trailing Curry (11,147) by 27 points. Williams passed Jamal Crawford for second all-time on Friday.

"Anytime you can say to have 'of all time' next to your name, no matter what it is, it's special," Williams said of becoming the the NBA's most prolific scorer off the bench. "With being a sixth man and being a career bench player, to have an opportunity to be something that says ever at the end of it is special to me."

"It's amazing," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said before the game. "If you're anything that ends in 'ever' in the NBA, that's pretty impressive. ... The way Lou does it with his size and his shot, but more importantly how much he finishes in the paint, I think that is what surprises me the most since coaching him is how often he gets in the paint and finishes over bigs. It's just remarkable."

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Kawhi Leonard Reportedly Not Interested In Playing With LeBron James

Mar 8, 2019 6:07 PM

When Kawhi Leonard sought a trade from the San Antonio Spurs last offseason, he had the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers on his list. The equation for Leonard, however, appeared to change once the Lakers signed LeBron James.

"I do not," said Michael C. Wright when asked if he believes Leonard would have interest in playing with James on the Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective Podcast. "That's just what I've been told. It's what I've been told going back to last summer. I don't see that as something that's happening.

"I think he goes to the Clippers."

Wright has consistently been one of the most reliable reporters in the NBA when it comes to news on Leonard.

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Clippers Project To Have $54M-$75M In 2019 Cap Space

Feb 27, 2019 11:48 AM

The Los Angeles Clippers project to have between $54 million and $75 million in cap space this offseason.

"It's hard to do," Doc Rivers said of being an organization in competitive transition. "Fortunately, because of that big three, we were able to get enough out of that to pretty much stay competitive, and because of those guys, we were able to get things."

During a series of brainstorming sessions in September of 2017, the Clippers debated whether they could be a competitive top-four seed during the next four- to six-year period. Lawrence Frank, Michael Winger and Jerry West concluded that would be an unlikely scenario with their current roster, which led to the Blake Griffin trade and not keeping DeAndre Jordan long-term.

The Clippers didn't initially have 2019 in mind to pursue free agents until Kawhi Leonard wanted out of San Antonio with Los Angeles as his preferred landing spot, as well as free agents such as Jimmy Butler, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving having uncertain situations.

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Steve Ballmer On Building New Clippers Arena: 'We Need Our Own House'

Feb 23, 2019 8:46 PM

Steve Ballmer reiterated the importance of the Los Angeles Clippers having their own arena.

The team is currently proposing a stadium in Inglewood, although there still remains several hurdles in the process.

[We] need our own house...we’re going through the permitting process. And an environmental process, and we’re going through that right now. We have some folks pushing back on us, primarily Madison Square Garden and the Knicks, if you will. They own The Forum, which is a concert venue, and they don’t want to see a new concert venue, which any new basketball arena would be. So we’re getting some pushback," said Ballmer.

Ballmer set 2024 as his target date for a new space, and says he wants to build an arena for basketball fans.

“We’re not putting hockey in the building. I don’t think most people know just how big a difference it can make to not have hockey. You get everybody closer to the floor. The sightlines are a lot better. We’re talking about how much leg room to give people, how much width. I like energy. I want people pumping and thumping in the seats. But you’ve still got to have some bars and clubs. We’re trying to pull you back in. Some buildings, in my opinion, try and push you out a little bit to the bars and clubs. Then it’s more of a different kind of social experience. We’re trying to support both. But we want people who really love the game in the building.”

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Marc Stein, Ralph Lawler To Receive Basketball Hall of Fame's 2019 Curt Gowdy Media Award

Feb 15, 2019 5:52 PM

Marc Stein and Ralph Lawler have been named the recipients of the Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2019 Curt Gowdy Media Award.

Stein currently writes for the New York Times and was previously a longtime reporter for ESPN.

Lawler has been the play-by-play man for the Los Angeles Clippers for more than 30 years.

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Kristaps Porzingis Had Nets, Clippers, Heat, Raptors On Trade Wish List
Kristaps Porzingis didn't have the Mavericks on his wish list.

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Michael Beasley Waived By The Clippers
Beasley was recently acquired by the Clippers from the Lakers.

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Clippers Don't Consider Jimmy Butler One Of Their Top Free Agent Targets
The Clippers are known to prefer Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant for their 2019 free agency.

Sam Amick/The Athletic

Clippers To Waive Milos Teodosic
Milos Teodosic has been expected to return to Europe once his contract with the Clippers expired.

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Lakers Acquire Mike Muscala From Clippers For Michael Beasley, Ivica Zubac
Mike Muscala gives the Lakers a floor spacing big.

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Clippers Waive Marcin Gortat
The Clippers acquired Marcin Gortat from the Wizards last offseason.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Clippers Didn't Acquire FRPs From 76ers Specifically For Anthony Davis Trade
The Pelicans could have interest in receiving the two new picks as part of an Anthony Davis trade with the Clippers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Sixers Trade For Tobias Harris, Plan To Re-Sign Harris And Jimmy Butler To Create Big 4
The Sixers plan on re-signing Harris and Jimmy Butler to pair with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid for the long-term.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Kristaps Porzingis Had Nets, Clippers On Trade List But Not Mavericks
The agent for Kristaps Porzingis provided a list of four teams he preferred a trade to before the deadline.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Anthony Davis Has Lakers, Knicks, Bucks, Clippers On List
Anthony Davis has a list of four teams he's willing to sign with long-term.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

DeAndre Jordan Would Like Return To Los Angeles
DeAndre Jordan is still close with Doc Rivers.

Dan Woike/Los Angeles Times

Doc Rivers: Clippers Will Be 'Careful' During Trade Deadline
Rivers said that the Clippers are not looking to add money unless it's for a long-term piece.

Jovan Buha/The Athletic

Kawhi Leonard Has Been Focused On 'Home And L.A.'
Kawhi Leonard previously sought a trade from the Spurs to one of the two Los Angeles teams.

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Clippers Have Master Plan To Add Both Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant
The Clippers have the cap space to offer two max contracts this offseason.

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Lou Williams Out For Estimated Two Weeks With Hamstring Injury
Williams is averaging 17.2 points and 4.5 assists on the season.

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Patrick Beverley Fined $25,000 For Throwing Ball At Heckler
Patrick Beverley was assessed a technical foul and ejected.

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Doc Rivers, Nick Nurse Named NBA's Coaches Of The Month For Oct, Nov
Nick Nurse led Toronto to an NBA-best 19-4 record.

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Tobias Harris, Giannis Antetokounmpo Named Players Of The Month For Oct, Nov
Tobias Harris helped lead the Clippers to a 15-6 record over the first two months of the season, behind averages of 21.7 points and 8.7 rebounds.

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Tobias Harris, Giannis Antetokounmpo Named NBA's Players Of The Week
Tobias Harris averaged 24.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game as the Clippers went 3-1.

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Blake Griffin Nearly Had 'Breakdown' After Injuring Toe In 2017 Playoffs
This past offseason, Blake Griffin was finally focused on improvement instead of rehabbing an injury.

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