Player News - Clippers

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Blake Griffin (toe surgery) said he's met with five foot specialists this summer and they believe that being fully cleared for training camp is a "realistic possibility."

Griffin added that he's hoping to get back on the floor for non-contact work in the next few weeks, so he appears to be trending in a very positive direction following his May 1 surgery. There was a report in late-June speculating that Griffin might not be ready for the start of the season and that he could be out until December, but Ramona Shelburne of ESPN refuted that story, and it seems that the five foot specialists that met with Griffin are in agreement with Ramona's sources.
Jul 19 - 1:41 PM

Patrick Beverley said he's expecting to have more freedom in the Clippers' offense.

Beverley wasn't a major component of the offense in Houston, and understandably so, considering he was playing alongside the runner up to the MVP award, but he'll certainly have more opportunity for touches in Los Angeles this upcoming season. He'll likely be battling Milos Teodosic for the starting point guard spot over the course of training camp and the preseason, but regardless of how he enters the game, there is the potential for this to turn into a value killing, timeshare situation.
Source: USA Today
Jul 19 - 11:02 AM

Willie Reed has reportedly agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Clippers.

Reed will have a similar role in Los Angeles to the one he had with Miami last season, operating as DeAndre Jordan's primary backup. His minutes will likely be in the teens on most nights, so Reed won't be on the floor enough to make any meaningful contributions in fantasy hoops.
Jul 18 - 2:39 PM

Clippers waive F Kyle Wiltjer.

When you make an 8-for-1 trade like the Clippers did, there will be cuts. Wiltjer played a grand total of 44 minutes in his rookie season during the 2016-17 campaign with only 13 total points.
Jul 15 - 5:12 PM

Forward Jamil Wilson will opt out of his Euroleague deal and sign a two-way contract with the Clippers.

Wilson, who bounced around the D-League and Eupore the past few years, played well for the Clippers' entry in Las Vegas this month. He averaged 10.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists, while shooting a scorching 78.6 percent from the floor over five games. Wilson can be ignored in fantasy leagues, as he will likely spend most of the season playing L.A.'s G-League affiliate.
Jul 15 - 10:01 AM

Brice Johnson scored 17 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, three turnovers and one 3-pointer in just 19 minutes on Friday.

He was better than expected and his consistency was much better this time around. In his previous four Vegas games, Johnson averaged 13.8 points, 5.3 boards, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks in 24.8 minutes per game. He still likely has some work to do to get minutes, but the Clippers will be thinner at forward this year.
Jul 14 - 8:39 PM

The Clippers have signed Jawun Evans to his rookie contract.

With Patrick Beverley, Austin Rivers and Milos Teodosic all on the roster in Los Angeles, Evans probably won't play much at all during his rookie season.
Jul 11 - 5:02 PM

Willie Reed is on the Hawks radar, according to Alex Kennedy of Hoopshype.

Atlanta needs to add bigs. They traded away Dwight Howard and Paul Millsap signed with the Nuggets. The oft-injured Miles Plumlee currently projects at the team's starting center, with little reliable depth behind him. Reed played well in a handful of spot starts last season. He averaged 14.8 points (on 68.6 percent shooting) and 8.2 rebounds in the five games he started for Miami.
Jul 11 - 10:31 AM

Montrezl Harrell scored 21 points on 10-of-13 shooting in Monday's 100-93 win over the Bucks.

Harrell relies on dunks, put-backs and lobs for most of his points, so he's a career 65.5 percent shooter from the field. He only managed to grab three boards tonight, but did block three shots with a pair of steals. Harrell was traded to the Clippers as part of the Chris Paul deal, but he's currently penciled in as a backup big behind Blake Griffin (quad) and DeAndre Jordan. Griffin is questionable for opening night, so Harrell could potentially have some low-end value right out of the gate.
Jul 11 - 12:22 AM

Milos Teodosic officially signed his two-year, $12.3 million deal with the Clippers on Monday.

Teodosic turned a lot of heads at the 2016 Olympic Games when he helped guide Team Serbia to a silver medal finish, and his creative passing is a hallmark of his game. However, the 30-year-old point guard will likely be splitting minutes with Patrick Beverley at the point guard spot this upcoming season, so it could be tough for him to eclipse the 25-minute mark with regularity. In other words, the timeshare situation might relegate him to deep league status in fantasy hoops.
Jul 10 - 5:02 PM

Pat Riley said Willie Reed will likely move on elsewhere.

"Right now, with our front line... I hope he gets something that he deserves," Riley added. The Heat only have a $4.3 million exception anyways, and they already have Hassan Whiteside, James Johnson and Kelly Olynyk in their frontcourt. Additionally, first-round draft pick Bam Adebayo was phenomenal at the Orlando Summer League. Reed has been linked to the Clippers, 76ers, Pacers and Rockets, so he should be in line for a nice raise.
Jul 10 - 1:49 PM

Brice Johnson had a great start to his 2017 summer league during a 96-93 win over the Lakers on Friday, scoring 23 points with seven rebounds, two steals, three blocks and three turnovers.

Last year, Johnson was benched in the first quarter of his Orlando Pro Summer League action, but this time it was a different story. Johnson barely played with the Clippers last year with only a grand total of nine minutes, but he'll have a chance to crack the rotation in October. Potentially, there is some fantasy upside because he's good at the line and was a great scorer at UNC.
Jul 7 - 11:29 PM

Sindarius Thornwell made 6-of-13 from the field and 14-of-18 from the line for 26 points against the Lakers on Friday, adding five rebounds, one assist, two steals and three turnovers.

He was viewed as a pro-ready guy with his 21.4 points per game out of South Carolina, but this was just an outstanding game from the No. 48 pick. We all know coach Doc Rivers almost never plays rookies, so Thornwell is likely looking at a lot of G League reps in the next year.
Jul 7 - 11:23 PM

The Clippers are meeting with Willie Reed and Jeff Withey on Friday.

With the Heat going over the top on Kelly Olynyk and bringing back their other free agents, Reed basically has one foot out the door in Miami. After showing some promise in Brooklyn two years ago, Reed busted out in 2016-17 with averages of 5.3 points, 4.7 boards and 0.7 blocks in 14.5 minutes per game. He is 27 years old, so he's not your traditional two-year vet.
Jul 7 - 3:17 PM

Milos Teodosic has agreed to a two-year, $12.3 million deal with the Clippers.

That's a solid get for the Clippers, especially after it was reported the two sides were talking a three-year, $24 million deal. Teodosic is a 30-year-old guard and he'll also have a player option on the second year of this deal. He's one of the flashiest passers in the league, so at least he should be good for a handful of pretty lobs to DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin. The Serbian guard should be looking at minutes in the low 20s and could be looked at as a last-round flier.
Jul 6 - 2:40 PM


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