Clippers waive Michael Beasley

The L.A. Clippers have waived forward Michael Beasley, the team announced today. Beasley came to the Clippers, with Ivica Zubac, from the Lakers in exchange for Mike Muscala on Thursday before the NBA trade deadline.

Beasley, 30, was initially appeared in 26 games for the Lakers this season, averaging 7.0 points and 2.3 rebounds, while shooting 49 percent from the field in 10.7 minutes.

The 6’9”, 235-pound forward holds career averages of 12.4 points and 4.7 rebounds, while shooting 46.5 percent from the field in 22.8 minutes in 609 appearances across 11 NBA seasons with Miami, Minnesota, Phoenix, Houston, Milwaukee, New York

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Lawrence Frank on Zubac to Clips: ‘We are eager for him to join our group of promising young players’

The L.A. Clippers have acquired center Ivica Zubac and forward Michael Beasley from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for center Mike Muscala.

“For two-plus seasons, we have seen Ivica up-close and watched him develop into a skilled center,” said Frank. “For his age, Ivica has proven to be an energetic rim protector who can score around the basket. We are eager for him to join our group of promising young players.”

Zubac, 21, appeared in 33 games (12 starts) for the Lakers this season, averaging career-highs in points (8.5), rebounds (4.9), field goal percentage (.580) and free-throw percentage (.864) in 15.6 minutes. The 7’1”, 240-pound Croatian center was selected 32nd overall by the Lakers in the 2016 NBA Draft after playing one professional season in the Croatian A-1 League and one professional season in the Serbian KLS League.

Beasley, 30, appeared in 26 games for the Lakers this season, averaging 7.0 points and 2.3 rebounds, while shooting 49 percent from the field in 10.7 minutes. The 6’9”, 235-pound forward holds career averages of 12.4 points and 4.7 rebounds, while shooting 46.5 percent from the field in 22.8 minutes in 609 appearances across 11 NBA seasons with Miami, Minnesota, Phoenix, Houston, Milwaukee, New York and the Lakers. A native of Frederick, Maryland, he was selected second overall by Miami in the 2008 NBA Draft following one collegiate season at Kansas State University.

Muscala, 27, was acquired in the team’s six-player trade with Philadelphia on February 6. He appeared in 47 games for the 76ers this season, averaging 7.4 points and 4.3 rebounds in 22.1 minutes. He has appeared in 290 career games across six NBA seasons with Philadelphia and Atlanta, averaging 5.7 points and 3.3 rebounds, while shooting 47 percent from the field, 36.5 percent from three-point range and 84 percent from free-throw line in 15.9 minutes. The Bucknell alumnus was originally selected by Dallas with the No. 44 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft before being acquired by the Hawks in a draft night trade.

Clippers ship Avery Bradley to Grizzlies, release Marcin Gortat

The L.A. Clippers have acquired forward JaMychal Green and guard Garrett Temple from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for guard Avery Bradley, the team announced today.

Also, the Clippers waived center Marcin Gortat.

Gortat, 34, appeared in 47 games in his lone season with the Clippers, averaging 5.0 points and 5.6 rebounds in 16.0 minutes.

Bradley, 28, appeared in 49 games for the Clippers this season, averaging 8.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 29.9 minutes.

Green, 28, appeared in 41 games for Memphis this season, averaging 9.8 points and 5.1 rebounds.

Temple, 32, appeared in 49 games (all starts) for Memphis this season, averaging career-highs in points (9.4) and rebounds (3.1) in addition to 2.7 rebounds and 1.02 steals in 31.2 minutes.

The Clippers were very busy before the trade deadline. On Wednesday, the team traded Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, and Mike Scott to Philadelphia in exchange for Wilson Chandler, center Mike Muscala, guard Landry Shamet, two first-round draft picks and two second-round draft picks.

This team is looking toward tomorrow, and this offseason should be very busy for the Clippers.

 

Clippers’ GM on trade: ‘We obtained multiple draft assets today that will be important building blocks’

The L.A. Clippers have acquired forward Wilson Chandler, center Mike Muscala, guard Landry Shamet, two first round draft picks and two second round draft picks from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for forward Tobias Harris, center Boban Marjanovic and forward Mike Scott, the team announced today.

“We are excited to welcome Wilson, Mike, and Landry to the L.A. Clippers. Wilson is a veteran player we have long respected for his toughness, versatility and leadership. His hard-nosed mentality will fit right in with the rest of this group,” said Frank. “Mike is a versatile big man who has the ability to shoot the ball and space the floor.”

Frank continued, “We have also admired Landry, a first round pick from Wichita State, since last year’s draft process. He has only justified expectations. Landry quickly earned a spot in the 76ers rotation and has been the most accurate three-point shooter in this year’s rookie class. In addition to Wilson, Mike, and Landry, we obtained multiple draft assets today that will be important building blocks as we continue to carry out our long-term plan — to construct a sustainable championship contender.”

Chandler, 31, appeared in 36 games for Philadelphia this season, averaging 6.7 points and 4.7 rebounds in 26.4 minutes. He holds career averages of 13.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 30.9 minutes across 626 appearances in 12 NBA seasons with the 76ers, the New York Knicks and the Denver Nuggets. The 6’9”, 225-pound forward played two collegiate seasons at DePaul University before becoming a first round selection of the Knicks in 2007. He was named Michigan’s Mr. Basketball as a high school senior in 2005.

Muscala, 27, appeared in 47 games for Philadelphia this season, averaging 7.4 points and 4.3 rebounds in 22.1 minutes. He has appeared in 290 career games across six NBA seasons with Philadelphia and Atlanta, averaging 5.7 points and 3.3 rebounds, while shooting 47 percent from the field, 36.5 percent from three-point range and 84 percent from free-throw line in 15.9 minutes. The Bucknell alumnus was originally selected by Dallas with the No. 44 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft before being acquired by the Hawks in a draft night trade.

Shamet, 21, has appeared in 54 games, averaging 8.3 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists, while shooting 40.4 percent from three-point range and 81.5 percent from the free-throw line in 20.5 minutes in his rookie campaign for Philadelphia. He currently leads all 76ers players with 20 games in double-figure scoring in a reserve role. A product of Wichita State University, he was a first round selection in the 2018 NBA Draft. The 6’5”, 188-pound guard originally hails from Kansas City, MO.

“I can’t say enough good things about Tobias Harris and the many ways he has impacted our organization. Since Tobias came to L.A. a year ago, he has been a model of professionalism, on the court and off,” said Frank. “He developed into an All-Star caliber player here, setting a standard with his work ethic and diligence. We are incredibly grateful for his contributions.

“In addition to Tobias, we will miss Boban, one of the most positive forces we have encountered in the NBA. Bobi lifted our locker room and was a game changer on the court. Like Boban, Mike Scott fit seamlessly into our team-first culture, and excelled in his role. We wish all three the best of luck in Philadelphia.”

Harris recorded career-high averages in points (20.9), rebounds (7.9), and assists (2.7) for the Clippers this season and was named Western Conference Player of the Month for October and November. Through eight NBA seasons with the Clippers, Pistons, Magic and Bucks, the 26-year-old holds career averages of 15.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 30.2 minutes. Harris played one collegiate season at the University of Tennessee and originally hails from New York, where he was named the state’s Mr. Basketball, USA Today All-USA and a McDonald’s All-American in 2010.

Marjanovic, 30, appeared in 36 games this season, averaging 6.9 points and 4.3 rebounds in 10.7 minutes. The 7’3”, 290-pound center has appeared in 163 career games across four NBA seasons with Los Angeles, San Antonio and Detroit, holding career averages of 5.9 points and 3.8 rebounds in 9.2 minutes. Prior to his NBA career, he spent time playing overseas in Serbia, Russia and Lithuania, where he was named to the All-EuroLeague First Team in 2015 and was a three-time Serbian League MVP (2013-15). He also won championships in the Serbian League, Lithuanian League, Adriatic League and Baltic League.

Scott, 30, appeared in 52 games in his lone season with the Clippers, averaging 4.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 14.4 minutes. He holds career averages of 7.1 points and 3.1 rebounds in 15.8 minutes across seven NBA seasons with L.A., Washington and the Atlanta Hawks. A five-year player at the University of Virginia, Scott earned First-Team All-ACC honors in his senior season and is a Virginia native.

Actor Billy Crystal will join Ralph Lawler to call Clippers-Lakers on 1/31

Longtime Clippers fan and season ticket holder Billy Crystal will join the legendary Voice of the Clippers Ralph Lawler to call the team’s January 31 game against the Lakers on Fox Sports Prime Ticket. Lawler, in his 40th season with the team, will retire at the end of the season and familiar faces from the Clippers’ past and present are paying tribute to him by joining him to provide game commentary throughout the season. Current Nets analyst Mike Fratello will join Lawler on January 23 in Miami and Basketball Hall of Famer Hubie Brown will add commentary for the Clippers’ March 24 game against the New York Knicks.

“It’ll be a blast to call a Clippers game alongside Billy Crystal,” said Lawler. “We’ve spent a lot of time talking Clippers basketball over the years, but having him join me on the call will be a whole new experience. I still can’t believe it’s my final season, and to be recognized by a great, longtime Clippers fan like Billy is an honor. I hope he’s been studying his Lawler’s Law books.”

Crystal has been a Clippers season ticket holder since 1985 and identifies with the hard-working, gritty identity of the franchise. He is a Tony and Emmy Award winning comedian, actor, producer, writer and director and is known to audiences around the world as the star of such feature films as When Harry Met Sally…, City Slickers and Analyze This; as a cast member of NBC’s Saturday Night Live; and as the acclaimed nine-time host of the Academy Awards®. Crystal has also hosted the Grammy Awards three times and earned five Emmy’s for his work as host, writer and producer on both award shows. Crystal won his sixth Emmy for the HBO Comedy Special “Midnight Train to Moscow.” Crystal was the 2007 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and is a NY Times best-selling author of five books, two of which were for children. In 2004, Crystal made his Broadway debut with the original production of his one-man show 700 Sundays, for which he won a Tony Award. The Broadway production was taped in front of a live audience for an HBO special that aired in April of 2014, and garnered four Emmy Nominations.

“Ralph is a fantastic broadcaster and a wonderful man,” said Crystal. “I’m looking forward to calling a game with him.  He’s a Hall of Famer in my book.”

Fratello began his broadcasting career with the Clippers as a color analyst from 1990-92 and currently delivers analysis for Brooklyn Nets games on the YES Network. Prior to his career behind the mic, Fratello spent 16 seasons in the NBA as a head coach and ranks 19th on the league’s all-time win list and 21st in games coached.

Brown is a current basketball analyst for ESPN and has called countless Clippers games and 14 NBA Finals across his radio and television career. He has won various accolades both as a coach and commentator, including two NBA Coach of the Year awards (1978, 2004) and the Curt Gowdy Media Award (2000), and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2005).

Dates for other guest analysts, who will include Bill Walton, will be announced later in the season.

The impact that Lawler has had on the Clippers organization and the broadcasting community across his four decades with the team is immeasurable. He has distinguished himself as one of the broadcasting industry’s elite, broadcasting games in each of the four major U.S. sports leagues, and has called more than 3,140 Clippers games in 91 cities and six countries. Lawler’s career is longer than the lifetimes of eight NBA franchises and he has been the Voice of the Clippers through seven U.S. Presidents and three NBA Commissioners. His signature Lawlerisms, including “Bingo!,” “Oh me, oh my!,” “The lob, the jam!” and Lawler’s Law have become familiar catchphrases in households across the country.

The Clippers will cap off their celebration of Lawler’s final season by hosting Ralph Lawler Night at Staples Center on Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. vs. the Utah Jazz, the last game of the regular season. The first 10,000 fans at the game will receive Ralph Lawler bobbleheads and the evening will feature special guests, ceremonies and a celebration of Lawler’s career. Fans can visit the Instagram page honoring Lawler (@Ralph) to reflect on his storied career and share their favorite Lawler memories using the hashtag #ThankYouRalph.

Clippers’ Tobias Harris named Western Conference Player of the Month

The NBA today announced that L.A. Clippers forward Tobias Harris has been named Western Conference Player of the Month for October and November. This is Harris’ first career Player of the Month honor. He was previously named Western Conference Player of the Week for Week 6 (games played Monday, November 19, through Sunday, November 25). The Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo was the Eastern Conference winner.

Harris helped lead the Clippers to a Western Conference-best 15-6 record over the first two months of the season, behind averages of 21.7 points and 8.7 rebounds in addition to shooting splits of 52.8 percent from the field, 44.0 percent from three-point range and 82.6 percent from the free-throw line. He was the NBA’s most efficient volume scorer in October and November, ranking first in effective field goal percentage (59.4 percent) among 38 players with at least 300 field goal attempts.

Now in his eighth NBA season, Harris is averaging career-highs in points (21.4), rebounds (8.5), field goal percentage (51.6%), three-point percentage (42.9%) & minutes (35.0). He is the only player in the NBA currently averaging at least 20 points and eight rebounds, while shooting over 42% from three-point range.

The Clippers won 11 of their last 13 games in November, including nine of their last 10 and have won nine straight at home, the NBA’s longest active home winning streak. L.A. is currently tied atop the Western Conference standings at 15-7.

Doc Rivers named Western Conference Coach of the Month for October and November

The NBA today announced that L.A. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has been named Western Conference Coach of the Month for October and November. This is Rivers’ 11th career Coach of the Month honor. He last won the award in April 2017. The Toronto Raptors’ Nick Nurse was the Eastern Conference winner.

Rivers led the Clippers to a Western Conference-best 15-6 record over the first two months of the season, tied for the NBA’s second-best record in that span. L.A. won 11 of their last 13 games in November, including nine of their last 10 and have won nine straight at home, the NBA’s longest active home winning streak. The Clippers went 6-0 in games decided by five points or less in October and November, and their bench led the NBA, averaging 53.8 points per game. Their 15-6 start was tied for the team’s fourth-best through 21 games in franchise history.

The Clippers are currently tied atop the Western Conference standings at 15-7.

Clips’ Tobias Harris named Western Conference Player of the Week

The NBA today announced that L.A. Clippers forward Tobias Harris has been named Western Conference Player of the Week for Week 6 (games played Monday, November 19, through Sunday, November 25). This is Harris’ second career Player of the Week award (Week 4 in 2017).

Harris helped the Clippers to a 3-1 week behind averages of 24.8 points and 8.8 rebounds in addition to shooting splits of 56.5% from the field, 45.5% from three-point range and 91.7% from the free-throw line. He tallied a career-high tying and team season-high 34 points in Sunday’s win over Portland, capping a week in which he scored at least 24 points in three of the team’s four games and logged a team-high +13 in his 12-point performance against Memphis on Nov. 23.

Now in his eighth NBA season, Harris is averaging career-highs in points (21.5), rebounds (8.7), field goal percentage (52.5%), three-point percentage (42.7%) & minutes (35.1). He is the only player in the NBA currently averaging at least 20 points and eight rebounds, while shooting over 50% from the field and 40% from three-point range.

The Clippers sit atop the Western Conference standings at 13-6 and have won nine of their last 11 games and eight straight at home.

Pelicans acquire Wesley Johnson in trade with Clippers

The L.A. Clippers have acquired center Alexis Ajinca from the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for forward Wesley Johnson, it was announced today by President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank. In a subsequent transaction, the Clippers have waived Ajinca.

“Wes is a versatile player and a consummate professional who impacts the game on both ends of the court, and brings a strong, positive presence to the locker room,” said Frank. “We want to thank Wes for his contributions to the Clippers organization, and wish him, and his family, the best of luck in New Orleans.”

Johnson, 31, averaged 5.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in 17.8 minutes across 222 appearances (52 starts) in three seasons with L.A. The eight-year NBA veteran holds career averages of 7.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in 22.7 minutes through 571 games (321 starts) with the Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers. The Corsicana, Texas native was originally drafted by the Timberwolves with the 4th pick in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-7 forward played his first two years of collegiate basketball at Iowa State before transferring to Syracuse.

Ajinca, 30, holds career averages of 5.3 points and 3.9 rebounds across 293 appearances in seven NBA seasons with Charlotte, Dallas, Toronto and New Orleans. A native of Saint-Etienne, France, the 7’2”, 248-pound center was selected 20th overall by Charlotte in the 2008 NBA Draft.

(Video)Ex-Clip Quentin Richardson on winning BIG3 title: ‘It’s kind of like a Clippers championship'(VIDEO)

The Los Angeles Clippers have been the model of futility over the years. The team has been around for 48 years(Buffalo, San Diego, Los Angeles) and has only been to the playoffs 13 times, which is terrible.

However, in the mid-2000s, things started to get better. The franchise won its first playoff series in the 2005-06 season, and a few years later, they had their best run of success from 2012-2017, where they averaged 54 wins a season during that period, but they never could get past the second round of the playoffs.

Unfortunately, during that time, the team had a lousy owner in Donald Sterling, who was ultimately forced to sell the team to the current owner, Steve Ballmer in 2014. Now, with the trade of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, the Clippers are back to rebuilding again.

But, fortunately for the Clippers, they may have finally gotten that elusive championship in the most unlikely way.

Team Power, of the BIG3, won the BIG3 Championship Game at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday night. Power’s roster has five former Clippers: Corey Maggette, Ryan Gomes, Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Quentin Richardson, and Cuttino Mobley, and according to Richardson, you can call this victory a Clippers championship.

“It’s kind of like a Clippers championship because of my Clippers brothers,” Richardson told Paul Gant after winning the BIG3 title.

Listen below as Richardson explains why this is like a Clippers championship: