Player News - Clippers

Date: Team: Pos:

Blake Griffin has been working on his shooting from beyond the arc this summer and wants to be more confident from deep.

"I don’t necessarily think falling in love with the 3-point shot is a good idea, but shooting it confidently from there is great," Griffin said. While Griffin did only make six treys all of last season, he has shown he is capable. On his shots from 20-24 feet last season, Griffin made a very respectable 41.5 percent (34-of-82). Additionally, Chris Paul said the Clippers will tell Blake to "shoot it damn near every time he catches it." Even with a slightly higher upside, the injury risk will cause Blake to slide a bit this year, and justifiably so.
Sep 29 - 9:06 PM

Alan Anderson (ankle, rest) did not participate during Thursday's practice as a precautionary measure.

Anderson struggled to stay on the court last season after being forced to undergo two surgeries on his left ankle, and it is a bit concerning that this is still an issue at all considering that his last procedure was on October 13 of 2015. He's likely locked into a three-way timeshare with Wes Johnson and Luc Mbah a Moute, so there's no reason to burn a draft pick on Anderson in any setting.
Sep 29 - 6:11 PM

Doc Rivers hinted that there will be situations this upcoming season where he starts either Austin Rivers or Raymond Felton.

"When you play Austin with that group, he can guard a better offensive player and [Chris Paul] can do what the rest of the league does – their point guards never guard the other point guard," Rivers said. "We want to do that a lot this year. We want to put a lineup where CP doesn’t have to guard the best guy. Raymond can do that, and Austin can do that." Even with a handful of spot-starts, it's unlikely that Felton or Rivers will be able to establish themselves as worthwhile standard league assets.
Sep 28 - 1:20 PM

Blake Griffin has fully recovered from the quad issue that sidelined him for a majority of the 2015-16 season.

"It just looks like a brand new tendon," Griffin said, after seeing the results with his doctor. "No tendinitis, no anything…The doctor was like, ‘This is probably as healthy as your tendon’s been since high school,’ just because of the nature of how much basketball we have to play." Doc Rivers said that Griffin "looked great" during his first full practice with the team at camp, and Griffin added that he's cleared all the mental hurdles of the recovery process. He's in a contract year and entering his prime at 27 years old, so Griffin could be in for a career-year with the Clippers.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 28 - 12:59 PM

Doc Rivers said that the battle for the starting small forward position in Los Angeles is "wide open."

Both Luc Mbah a Moute and Anderson got some reps with the first unit during Tuesday's practice, and Wes Johnson is also another option for Rivers. Last season, Rivers routinely changed the starting small forward based on matchups, and that could again be his strategy this season. This situation has timeshare written all over it, and is one that should be avoided in standard settings.
Sep 27 - 7:20 PM

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said the starting SF role is "wide open."

Luc Mbah a Moute and Alan Anderson both spent time with the first unit on the opening day of camp, but Wes Johnson should also be in the mix as well. As for Paul Pierce, he's expected to see most of his minutes as the backup PF. Even if Mbah a Moute wins the job, he won't be a fantasy option after averaging 3.5 points, 2.6 boards, 0.5 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks.
Sep 27 - 7:17 PM

Paul Pierce is expected to play more power forward this season.

The Clippers did add some depth at the four with Brandon Bass and Marreese Speights, so it's somewhat surprising to hear this. Although, both Bass and Speights project as centers in the second unit. Pierce won't have much value in his final season.
Sep 26 - 4:47 PM

Chris Paul (hand) said that he will enter training camp at 100 percent.

Doc Rivers said back in August that CP3's hand has been 100 percent for a while, but it doesn't hurt to hear it again. Paul was outstanding last season with averages of 19.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 10.0 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.6 3-pointers, shooting 46 percent from the floor and 90 percent from the line. He's an easy pick in the first round.
Sep 26 - 3:42 PM

Blake Griffin (quad) and Chris Paul (hand) both said on Monday that they are 100 percent.

This means the Clippers will open training camp at full strength. Griffin spent most of the summer rehabbing, and while his recovery was abnormally long, hopefully the quad issue is in the rearview mirror. He's entering a contract year and the trade rumors have been buzzing, so his price in fantasy drafts has noticeably dropped. It will be interesting to see how he holds up during the preseason.
Sep 26 - 3:35 PM

Paul Pierce announced on Monday that he will play one more season.

"Just like any difficult decision, I think you’ve got to be at peace with yourself," Pierce said. "I’m at peace with retiring, but I’ve got one more ride left. One more season. One more opportunity." Pierce added that he likes the Clippers' chances of competing for a championship, but it's safe to say that his role will be pretty limited in his 19th and final season. Last year, Pierce played 68 games with averages of 6.1 points, 2.7 boards, 1.0 assists and 1.1 triples, so he's not worth targeting in fantasy leagues.
Sep 26 - 9:08 AM

The Clippers will sign Dorell Wright to a training camp deal according to Dan Woike of the Orange County Register.

The 30-year-old wing played 48 games for the Heat last season, averaging 4.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 12.4 minutes. Unless Paul Pierce decides to retire, Wright likely won't make the team.
Sep 22 - 2:49 PM

Jeff Ayres has signed with CSKA Moscow.

Ayres spent the summer training with the Spurs, but the 29-year-old forward will be able to find a much larger role overseas than he would in the NBA.
Source: Euorleague
Sep 22 - 9:49 AM

Coach Steve Kerr said Stephen Jackson won't be at Warriors camp.

Kerr said the deal "ultimately didn't pan out" with the Warriors and Captain Jack. Jackson said he thinks he can play another two years, so there's a chance someone signs him.
Sep 21 - 5:00 PM

The Clippers are signing Xavier Munford to a training camp deal.

He played 14 regular season games and 22.3 minutes per game in the postseason. Munford did have a blip on the radar with back-to-back double-digit scoring games, but he's still unlikely to be a factor this season.
Sep 21 - 4:02 PM

Jamal Crawford told a Twitter follower that he wants to play five more years.

While it's possible Crawford was just joking around, he does have three years left on his new deal so it wouldn't be a huge shock to see him play until he's 41 years old. Crawford will again come off the bench for the Clippers this year and isn't much more than a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 20 - 10:33 AM


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