Clippers’ GM on Noah: ‘His experience, acumen and toughness fit well in our locker room’

The L.A. Clippers have officially signed free agent Joakim Noah, the team announced today.

“Joakim is a relentless competitor and a proven winner,” said Frank. “His experience, acumen and toughness fit well in our locker room.”

The 35-year-old Noah is a two-time NBA All-Star (2013, 2014) and former NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2014), appeared in 42 games last season for the Memphis Grizzlies, averaging 7.1 points, 2.1 assists, and 5.7 rebounds. The 6’11”, 230-pound center holds career averages of 8.8 points, 2.8 assists, and 9.1 rebounds in 667 appearances across 12 NBA seasons with the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, and Grizzlies.

Before being selected by Chicago with the ninth overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, Noah played three collegiate seasons at the University of Florida, leading the Gators to back-to-back NCAA Championships in 2006 and 2007.

It appears that’s an “Arms Race” between the Lakers and Clippers. We’ll find out who will have enough come playoff time.

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Why Reggie Jackson should have signed with the Lakers

The L.A. Clippers have signed free agent guard Reggie Jackson, the team announced today. 

“Reggie is a proven playmaker and scorer, and we are looking forward to adding his experience and creativity to our team,” said Frank. 

Jackson, 29, appeared in 14 games for the Detroit Pistons this season, averaging 14.9 points, 5.1 assists, and 2.9 rebounds in 27.2 minutes. The 6’3″, 208-pound guard holds career averages of 12.9 points, 4.4 assists, and 3.0 rebounds in 544 appearances across eight NBA seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Detroit.

On the surface, it would seem the Lakers might have been a better fit for Jackson. With the Lakers, he probably would have gotten a decent amount of minutes, but with the Clippers, those minutes won’t be guaranteed. Jackson will have to battle Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, and Landry Shamet for minutes. With the Lakers, Jackson would have to battle it out with Rajon Rondo and Alex Caruso, so it’s clear that the better opportunity for him was with the Lakers

Jackson to the Clippers probably should have been Jackson to the Lakers, but maybe he knows something that we do not. We shall see. 

Clippers waive Isaiah Thomas

The L.A. Clippers have waived guard Isaiah Thomas, the team announced today.

Thomas, 31, was acquired on Feb. 6 as part of a three-team trade with the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks.

The Tacoma native holds career averages of 18.1 points and 5.0 assists in 28.9 minutes over 525 games with seven NBA teams.

The 5’9”, 185-pound guard played three collegiate seasons at the University of Washington, where he was named to the 2010-11 All-Pac 12 first team, before being drafted by the Sacramento Kings with the 60th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

 

Clippers’ Frank: ‘Marcus(Morris) is a player we’ve admired for a long time’

The L.A. Clippers have acquired forward Marcus Morris Sr. from the New York Knicks and guard Isaiah Thomas from the Washington Wizards in a three-team trade, it was announced today.

As part of the trade, L.A. will send to New York forward Maurice Harkless, a 2020 first round pick, a protected 2021 first round swap option, and Detroit’s 2021 second round pick. The Clippers will send guard Jerome Robinson to Washington.

“Marcus is a player we’ve admired for a long time,” said Frank.  “He is an established scorer, elite shooter, and imposing defender.  We are excited to add his experience and toughness to our team.”

Added Frank, “Moe is a true professional who played a key role for our team this season. We wish him the best in New York. Jerome is a talented young player and we will be rooting for him as he continues his career in Washington.”

Morris Sr., 30, appeared in 43 games for the Knicks this season and is averaging career-highs in points (19.6), three-pointers made (2.7) and three-point field goal percentage (43.9). In his ninth NBA season he is also averaging 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 32.3 minutes. The Philadelphia native holds career averages of 12.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 26.9 minutes across 588 appearances with the Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics and New York. The 6’8”, 218-pound forward played three collegiate seasons at the University of Kansas, where he was named Big 12 Player of the Year as a Junior in 2011, before being selected with the 14th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets.

Harkless, 26, appeared in 50 games for the Clippers this season, averaging 5.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in 22.8 minutes. He holds career averages of 7.2 points and 3.7 rebounds in 23.0 minutes with the Orlando Magic, Portland Trail Blazers and Clippers. Harkless played one collegiate season at St. John’s University, where he was named Big East Rookie of the Year in 2012 and averaged 15.5 points and 8.6 rebounds in 36.1 minutes.

Thomas, 30, appeared in 40 games for the Wizards this season, averaging 12.2 points and 3.7 assists in 23.1 minutes. The Tacoma native holds career averages of 18.1 points and 5.0 assists in 28.9 minutes over 525 games with seven NBA teams. The 5’9”, 185-pound guard played three collegiate seasons at the University of Washington, where he was named to the 2010-11 All-Pac 12 first team before being drafted by the Kings with the 60th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Robinson, 22, was selected by L.A. with the 13th pick in the 2018 Draft and has appeared in 75 games for the team. In his two seasons with the Clippers, he has averaged 3.1 points and 1.3 rebounds in 10.6 minutes. A three-year player at Boston College, Robinson earned First Team All-ACC honors as a junior in 2018.

Clippers agree to terms with Patrick Patterson

The L.A. Clippers have signed free agent forward Patrick Patterson, the team announced.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, it’s a one-year, $2.3 million deal.

Earlier this month, Patterson and the Thunder agreed to a buyout.  Patterson had one year left on the three-year, $16.4 million deal he signed with OKC in 2017.

Last season, the 30-year-old Patterson appeared in 63 games for the Oklahoma City Thunder, averaging 3.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 13.7 minutes.

The 6’9″, 230-pound forward holds career averages of 6.9 points and 4.1 rebounds, while shooting 45.0 percent from the field in 21.8 minutes in nine seasons with Houston, Sacramento, Toronto, and Oklahoma City.

Patterson is another guy that can help bolster the Clippers’ bench as this team prepares to make a run at an NBA title next season.

Clippers will have 26 nationally-televised games next season

With the excitement surrounding the Los Angeles Clippers after signing Kawhi Leonard and trading for Paul George, you knew that we would see a lot of their games on national television. The L.A. Clippers tip off the 2019-20 NBA regular season, pon Tuesday, October 22 at STAPLES Center, hosting the Los Angeles Lakers at 7:30 p.m. P.T. on TNT. This game marks the first of the Clippers’ franchise-high 26 nationally-televised games across ABC, ESPN, and TNT.

The Clippers will play seven of their first 10 regular season games at home, highlighted by Opening Night, as well as match-ups against the Milwaukee Bucks (Nov. 6) and the Portland Trailblazers (Nov.7).

The Clippers’ 26 nationally-televised games are comprised of four ABC broadcasts, 11 TNT broadcasts and 11 ESPN broadcasts including the Clippers’ Christmas Day bout against the Los Angeles Lakers.

This season, L.A. will play 13 back-to-back games and travel a total of 46,333 miles, including the team’s longest road trip, a six-game, eleven-day trip from January 18-28. The longest homestretch for the team is five games from October 31-November 11.

The Clippers face every team in the Western Conference a total of four times (two home and two away), with the exception of the Dallas Mavericks, the Denver Nuggets, the Memphis Grizzlies and the Portland Trailblazers, who they play three times each.

The L.A. Clippers 2019-20 regular season schedule can be found HERE.

Ballmer on new arena: ‘I want the Clippers to have the best home in all of sports’

The L.A. Clippers today unveiled renderings and additional details of the team’s privately-financed sports and entertainment center anchored by their new basketball arena in Inglewood.

In addition to the arena, the proposed project located on West Century Boulevard between South Prairie Avenue and South Yukon Avenue will include the team’s business and basketball offices, training facility, community and retail spaces.

“My goal is simple. ,” said Clippers Chairman Steve Ballmer. “What that means to me is an unparalleled environment for players, for fans, for sponsors and for the community of Inglewood. Our goal is to build a facility that re-sets fans’ expectations while having a transformative impact on the city we will call home.”

The Inglewood Basketball & Entertainment Center will revitalize mostly vacant land under the flight path of Los Angeles International Airport into a vibrant campus. The project is targeted for completion by fall of 2024, following the expiration of the Clippers’ lease at STAPLES Center.

“Inglewood is a diverse, dynamic community blessed with a skilled workforce, emerging infrastructure and a bold economic blueprint for the future,” said Gillian Zucker, Clippers President of Business Operations. “In addition to the thousands of jobs this facility will create for the local community, we are equally committed to working with our new neighbors in the continuing renaissance developing in the City of Inglewood.”

The proposed arena will have a three-dimensional oval design with a unique exterior of diamond-shaped metal panels inspired by the concept of a basketball swishing through a net. In addition to attractive aesthetics, the panels have been designed to provide solar benefit for maximum energy efficiency, as part of the facility’s LEED GOLD-certified design.

The facility’s most striking feature, intended to highlight the temperate climate of Southern California, is the integration of indoor/outdoor “sky gardens.” These landscaped areas for food and beverage will be accessible from every concourse level. The complex also envisions a multi-purpose plaza complete with concert stage, community basketball courts and space for the community to gather and watch everything from Clippers Playoff games to movie premieres on a supersized LED screen.

The Clippers campus will achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions through a combination of carbon offset credits and sustainable design features.

The project is being developed by Wilson Meany, a developer heralded for its transformative mixed-use residential, retail, office and master-planned properties.

“We challenged the architects and designers on this project to create a landmark facility that exceeds current environmental standards and they have surpassed expectations,” said Chris Meany of Wilson Meany. “The new Clippers arena demonstrates that environmental protection and economic development need not be mutually exclusive.”

The project is expected to create an estimated 10,000 construction jobs and more than 1,500 permanent jobs, with local hire components in place to fill 30% of available construction jobs with local labor and 35% of the available arena operation jobs with local residents. When completed, the complex will generate an estimated $268 million in economic activity for Inglewood annually, and more than $190 million in new tax revenue from 2020-2045. That revenue will help support vital city services such as schools, parks, libraries and police and fire stations.

“We are excited to welcome the nation’s most philanthropic sports team to Inglewood,” said Mayor James T. Butts. “Over the past three years, the Ballmers and the Clippers have repeatedly demonstrated their commitment to improving communities like Inglewood. The Clippers’ presence in our city will create a sustainable revenue source and boost civic pride, revitalizing our community for years to come.”

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Clips’ Frank: ‘We are grateful and honored that Kawhi Leonard has decided to come home’

Kawhi Leonard is coming home, and fortunately for the Los Angeles Clippers, it will be with them. The Moreno Valley, California-native has officially signed with the Clippers, the team announced today.

According to ESPN, Leonard signed a three-year, $103.1 million deal that includes a player option for the 2021-22 season, the source said. He will make $32.74 million next season, $34.37 million in 2020-21 and $36.01 million in the player-option season.

“This is a historic moment for our organization and our fans,” said Frank. “We are grateful and honored that Kawhi Leonard has decided to come home and join the L.A. Clippers. Kawhi is a peerless two-way player, a relentless worker and a natural fit for the serious, professional culture our group has established. He wins everywhere he goes, and he always has, from King High School to San Diego State to the NBA. Having him on our side is a tremendous privilege and a massive responsibility, one we will take very seriously. His expectation, and ours, is to contend for championships.”

Leonard, 28, averaged 30.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists for the Toronto Raptors last season in 24 playoff games en route to an NBA Championship and Finals MVP honor. During the 2018-19 regular season, the three-time All-Star averaged 26.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

In his career, the two-time defensive Player of the Year (2016, 2015) has averaged 17.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists over 467 games with the Raptors and San Antonio Spurs. Leonard also won an NBA Championship and captured Finals MVP with the Spurs in 2013-14. The 6’7″ forward has been voted All-NBA First Team twice (2017, 2016), All-NBA Second Team once (2019), and All-Defensive First Team three times (2017, 2016, 2015).

Report: Leonard, George to the Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers have just broken the internet. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Clippers will sign free agent Kawhi Leonard, but it does not stop there. The Clippers have acquired OKC’s Paul George in exchange for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari, and four unprotected first-round picks, one protected first-round pick, and two pick swaps, according to Wojnarowski.

This is a stunner. Many believed Leonard was going to sign with either the Lakers or Raptors, but in the end, the Clippers got it done.

There is going to be a lot of great basketball at Staples Center next season.

Kenny Smith on Kawhi Leonard: ‘Without question, he’s gotta take his time’

The first day of free agency in the NBA saw a lot of big names come off the board. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving went to Brooklyn, Jimmy Butler went to Miami, and Kemba Walker went to Boston, but there is still one big name out there, and that is NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, and according to reports, it seems it will come down to the Clippers, Lakers, and Raptors. Where will he go? Who knows, but according to TNT NBA analyst Kenny Smith, Leonard needs to take his time.

“I think he really has to take his time, honestly because he doesn’t have the opportunity to make this decision again,” Smith told TMZ Sports about Leonard. “This is the biggest decision for him at this stage of his life and his career that he can’t just make that decision that quickly. Kevin Durant and all those guys have had big contracts before. This is his first huge, mega contract, so, without question, he’s gotta take his time.”

Leonard is more than likely going to get a max contract wherever he goes, but he can get an extra year and more guaranteed money if he decides to stay in Toronto. Also, he will have a chance to help the Raptors defend their NBA title. If he does go to the Lakers and joins LeBron and Anthony Davis, obviously that would be a tough team to beat.

Leonard’s last big contract came in 2015 when he signed a max contract at five-years, $94 million with San Antonio. Leonard is always composed on the court and can get to all his spots while taking his time and staying under control, and he seems to be handling free agency in the same manner. He’ll make his decision, but only when he is ready to do so.