According to ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Los Angeles Clippers are acquiring both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George this offseason. The team organized a trade for George after the pair discussed playing together earlier in the offseason, with Kawhi even telling him to attempt to “force” his way to the Clippers. The Thunder hauled in all-rookie selection Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, veteran forward Danilo Gallinari, and at least four first-round draft picks in exchange for the six-time all-star, leaving their team clearly in rebuilding mode. As for Leonard, the Clippers intend to ink him to a four-year maximum deal, which would keep the reigning Finals MVP in LA for the foreseeable future.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Los Angeles Clippers have been fined $50,000 for violating the NBA’s anti-tampering rules. The stiff penalty comes in response to Clippers’ head coach Doc Rivers publicly praising Raptors’ star Kawhi Leonard on a recent ESPN interview, one in which the legendary coach said the following:
“He is the most like Jordan that we’ve seen. Like, there’s a lot of great players… LeBron is phenomenal, KD is phenomenal. Not that (Kawhi) is Jordan or anything like that, but he is the most like him.”
The 57-year-old veteran coach went on to praise Kawhi’s talented skill-set later on in the saying this:
“Big hands. Post game. Can finish. Great leaper. Great defender. In-between game. If you beat him to the spot, he bumps you off. And then you add his three-point shooting.”
Just moments after the interview went on the air, clips of it went viral on various social media platforms, leaving many NBA fans accusing Rivers of violating the NBA’s strict anti-tampering policy.
Below are several examples of fan’s reactions to the clips on social media:
Tell me how doc rivers talking about KD and Kawhi and how good are they are isn’t tampering but magic said anything as president and gets fined for tampering 🤣. This league is just against the lakers 🗣
— Kawhi to the Lakers (@RobertM58809332) May 28, 2019
So Doc Rivers can talk about Kawhi and its no tampering claims being thrown out…like when Magic talked about Giannis and got tagged for $50,000…what was the difference?
— CL Owens 🏀 (@CSmoove_NBAHoop) May 29, 2019
Doc Rivers saying Kawhi is most like MJ since MJ on a national platform isn’t considered tampering? Asking for a friend.
— DraymondShouldAlwaysWear23 (@CountOnVic) May 29, 2019
Behind Steph Curry’s 38 points, the Golden State Warriors dominated the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 of their round 1 series. While Curry certainly filled up the stat sheet during Saturday’s matchup, teammates like Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson provided a nice boost behind Curry’s lead, with the two scoring 23 and 12 respectively. Several Clippers players, like Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell, also had impressive games. Williams finished with 25 points, three rebounds, and nine assists while Harrell finished with 26 points, five rebounds, and two assists.
Final: Warriors 121, Clippers 104
Game 1 MVP: Stephen Curry
Late Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Philadelphia 76ers engaged in a blockbuster trade which sent Tobias Harris, Mike Scott, and Boban Marjanovic to Philly in exchange for Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, a 2020 first-rounder, an unprotected first-rounder via the Miami Heat, and two second round picks.
The two second round picks acquired by the Clippers are for the 2021 draft and 2023 draft. Harris will be a free-agent this summer, but reports are surfacing saying that the 76ers have a plan to keep Harris, Butler, Joel Embiid, and Ben Simmons together for the foreseeable future.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. LA Clippers Game Highlights: Credit: MLG HIGHLIGHTS/YT
Clippers defeat Grizzlies 112-107 in Overtime
Late Friday night, the Clippers defeated the Grizzlies 112-107 in overtime during a western-conference duel.
During the first quarter, both teams traded made baskets and the game was seemingly looking to be a good one down the stretch. Going into the locker room at the half , the Grizzlies led 52-44 thanks to a strong push during the second quarter in which the Grizzlies went on a 13-5 run during the last 3:41 of the half.
The third quarter belonged to the Clippers and gave them the chance to get back in the game. The team shot very well and outscored the Grizzlies 31-18 to give them the 75-70 advantage going into the final period of play. The Grizzlies were, however, able to muster enough strength to fight their way back into the game and chipped away at the Clippers’ lead. They eventually regained the lead and led by three with 3.0 seconds left on the clock. Unfortunately for the Grizzlies, Marc Gasol fouled Danilo Gallinari at the three-point line and gave the Clippers a chance to send the game to overtime. Gallinari ended up making all three of the free throws and sending the game to overtime where the Clippers would eventually use the newly-gained momentum to defeat the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies were without Mike Conley during overtime because he fouled out late in the fourth quarter.
Post-Game Stat Line
Marc Gasol: 22 points, 13 rebounds, 7 asts.
Montrezl Harrell: 22 points, 11 rebounds, 1 ast.
1 2 3 4 ot Total
Grizzlies – (12-6) 22 30 18 28 9 107
Clippers – (12-6) 16 28 31 23 14 112
Player Of The Game: Montrezl Harrell
Los Angeles Clippers’ restricted free-agent Tyrone Wallace has reportedly agreed to an offer sheet with the New Orleans Pelicans. According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, the Clippers have placed a two-way qualifying offer on Wallace, which enables them to match the Pelican’s deal.
RFA Montrezl Harrell has reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with the LA Clippers per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal Harrell agreed to is worth $12 million in exchange for two years of the big-man’s services. Last season, Harrell averaged 11 points and four rebounds per game while sporting a Clippers’ jersey. The Clippers acquired Harrell during the Chris Paul trade, after the talented big-man had posted promising numbers with the Rockets that season.