Player News - Clippers

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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

Blake Griffin (quad) has begun shooting free throws.

Griffin had a bone marrow procedure in April to speed the recovery of his torn quad, but he didn't require surgery. He won't be playing in the Olympics and should have plenty of time to get healthy for training camp.
Jun 23 - 7:10 PM

Doc Rivers said that Paul Pierce and the Clippers have agreed on a timeline for the veteran to make a decision about potentially retiring.

Even if Pierce does decide to return, he won't be a consistent contributor and may be left out of the rotation altogether. With Los Angeles thin on the wing entering the offseason, perhaps Rivers will talk Pierce into giving it one more go. If The Truth does decide to retire, his game should have no issue translating to the local YMCA. He's not a guy you're targeting in fantasy leagues.
Jun 23 - 7:09 PM

DeAndre Jordan has accepted an offer to play with Team USA at the 2016 Summer Olympics, according to Marc Stein on ESPN.

Andre Drummond will reportedly not play with Team USA, according to Stein, and Jordan will reap the benefit of the extra roster spot. Jordan put up big numbers in 2015-16 with averages of 12.7 points, 13.8 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks on 70.7% shooting from the field and will be an extremely valuable fantasy asset for owners who are willing to punt free throws in 2016-17.
Jun 23 - 12:36 PM

Diamond Stone worked out for the Bucks on Monday.

He is from Milwaukee and is hopeful to go in the first round. Stone likely won't be drafted at No. 10, but the Bucks could look to trade into the late first round. He played 22.6 minutes per game during his Freshman season at Maryland, averaging 12.5 points, 5.4 boards and 1.6 blocks.
Jun 20 - 8:01 PM

Jamal Crawford said that his preference is to re-sign with the Clippers this summer.

"My preference is to re-sign with the Clippers," Crawford said. "But I understand that, at the end of the day, I’m a free agent so I have to look at everything. I have to take every call and consider every offer that comes to me and my agent. I have to, that’s just part of being a free agent." Crawford also said that Doc Rivers wants to bring him back, but the 36-year-old is the reigning Sixth Man of the Year and he isn't going to be cheap with the rising salary cap.
Jun 17 - 11:01 AM

The Clippers are finalizing a deal with John Welch as an assistant coach.

Several teams have been after him with his NBA coaching experience dating back to 2002. Welch been an assistant with the Kings and coached their Summer League team last year. He figures to be one of the main assistants on coach Doc Rivers' bench.
Jun 15 - 5:43 PM

Diamond Stone is expected to work out for the Pistons on Monday.

Stone currently projects as a borderline first round pick, and the Pistons may simply be bringing him in just to get a look. He should not be an option for Detroit with their 18th overall selection.
Jun 13 - 11:25 AM


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