Player News - Clippers

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The Clippers have reached an agreement with assistant coach Lawrence Frank on a promotion to executive vice president of basketball operations.

He's shifting to the front office and will still report to Doc Rivers. The Clippers still have general manager Dave Wohl, but Frank should have a big say in personnel decisions.
Jun 29 - 3:20 PM

Austin Rivers is reportedly hoping to command an annual salary of $8 million as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Rivers is going to really benefit from the salary cap increase, and he already has meetings lined up with the Clippers and several other teams, according to sources of Brad Turner. Rivers is a capable backup, but he's a non-factor in standard fantasy leagues.
Jun 29 - 1:49 PM

Jamal Crawford will reportedly meet with the Magic, Knicks, Clippers, Mavericks and Heat when free agency begins on Friday.

The three-time Sixth Man of the Year winner is sure to have plenty of suitors during free agency, and at 36 years old he'll likely be looking to sign a big-money deal. The Magic are reportedly "very interested" in Crawford, and the feeling is mutual, although if winning is a priority, teams like the Clippers, Mavericks and Heat would make for a better fit.
Jun 29 - 1:45 PM

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Stephen Jackson would like to make an NBA comeback next season.

Jackson is now 38 years old, so there likely won't be much interest around the league. The Warriors were looking to add Jackson in a coaching role, but he must be convinced that he can still play at a high level. He will probably have a limited role if he does play again, but we hope he lands a contract because Captain Jack is a quote machine.
Jun 28 - 10:23 PM

After trading away Victor Oladipo on draft night, the Magic are reportedly "very interested" in pursuing unrestricted free agent Jamal Crawford.

The Magic will have money to spend, and Crawford likely won't be giving anyone a discount as this will be the final big money deal of his career. Crawford would prefer to re-sign with the Clippers, and he's also going to receive interest from the Knicks, Heat, Mavericks, Nets and Raptors, so the Magic will have plenty of competition regarding the three-time winner of the Sixth Man of the Year award.
Jun 28 - 6:01 PM

Paul Pierce reportedly expects to make a decision as to whether or not he will retire within the next few weeks.

Whether or not Pierce decides to hang it up will be largely irrelevant in fantasy hoops. The 38-year-old veteran put up career-lows across the board this past season with averages of just 6.1 points, 2.7 boards, 1.0 assist and 1.1 triples per contest while connecting a mere 36.3 percent of his shot attempts.
Jun 28 - 2:33 PM

Jamal Crawford is expected to receive interest from around the league as an unrestricted free agent.

The reigning Sixth Man of the Year is expected to receive interest from the Knicks, Heat, Raptors, Mavericks, Magic, and the Nets in addition to the Clippers, so he'll have no shortage of suitors when he officially becomes a free agent on July 1. The 36-year-old has said he'd like to re-sign with the Clippers so it would be a surprise to see him wearing another uniform next season.
Jun 28 - 10:25 AM

Ekpe Udoh is angling for a return to the NBA.

Udoh has set a deadline "early in July" to decide on his future. He'll be picking from a mix of six NBA teams and "two elite Euroleague clubs" in Fenerbahce and CSKA Moscow. "It’s definitely a possibility to come back to the NBA," Udoh told The Vertical. "I can see myself fitting back today. I have lowered my weight to 240, so I’m even more mobile. I protect the rim, get out in transition and I’m able to play with any team and guard one through five."
Jun 27 - 11:59 AM

Doc Rivers believes that Brice Johnson can contribute right away.

"We like a lot of the things he can do and has done," Rivers said. "He has played big games in college. We like his upside, too. We like the fact that we believe he has a chance to help right away. But, we also feel like he has a high ceiling and he can get a lot better." Rivers is hoping that Johnson can extend his range beyond the 3-point line, but it sounds as if the rookie should be in the rotation next season.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 26 - 1:09 PM

The Knicks could be a possibility for unrestricted free agent Jamal Crawford.

"I'm not talking about any one team but everyone knows how I feel about New York," Crawford said. "I really enjoyed my time there." Crawford spent four seasons with the Knicks and played under four different coaches. Since then, he's flourished as a bench player, winning Sixth Man of the Year three times.
Jun 25 - 7:36 PM

Coach Doc Rivers said he's hoping Brice Johnson can extend his range to beyond the 3-point line.

Rivers said the No. 25 pick has 18-foot range right now. Johnson didn't attempt a single 3-pointer in his 3,102 minutes in college, so this would be surprising. On the positive side, he did convert 46.2 percent of his two-point jumpers, so that's a start. Even with four years under his belt at UNC, he's unlikely to get minutes.
Jun 24 - 5:20 PM

The Clippers selected Diamond Stone with the 40th pick in the NBA Draft.

The Clippers picked this up with an earlier trade with the Pelicans. On top of a cool name, Stone is a wide-bodied 6’10" center at 255 pounds. He has a wingspan of 7’3" with a 30-inch max vertical, so he has potential as a rim protector. The 19-year-old lived on post-ups down on the block, but he was solid as a shooter, too. He converted on 75.0 percent of his free throw attempts while hitting a respectable 36.4 percent of his jumpers — no 3-pointers, though. He won't play much behind DeAndre Jordan and possibly another backup.
Jun 23 - 11:29 PM

With the No. 39 pick in the draft, the Clippers selected French PG David Michineau.

L.A. received the pick in a swap with the Pelicans and they used it to acquire a 6'4" point guard who averaged 5.7 points, 0.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 13.6 minutes last season. The 22 year old has good size and athleticism, and he's expected to join the Clippers for the 2016-17 season, so we'll keep an eye on him during the offseason.
Jun 23 - 11:28 PM

The Clippers drafted Brice Johnson with the 25th pick on Thursday.

He rounded out his statistical output during his senior year at UNC, averaging 17.0 points, 10.5 boards, 1.5 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.5 blocks and 1.8 turnovers. Johnson is slim at 209 pounds, but has length with a 6’11" frame and a seven-foot wingspan. He already put on 40 pounds through his college career, so it might not be easy for him to add more. His thin frame will make it really tough to play the five with sub-par defense, as well. Coach Doc Rivers typically hasn't trusted rookies, so Johnson may not play much early in his career.
Jun 23 - 10:23 PM

Doc Rivers said that Chris Paul's hand has been good for a while.

He had surgery on his fractured hand back in April, but this confirms that CP3 should be 100 percent for training camp. Paul won't play in the Olympics, but it won't be because of his hand. He should a first-round pick in fantasy drafts next season.
Jun 23 - 7:11 PM


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