Former Clippers forward Matt Barnes traded to Memphis Grizzlies

Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes/Photo courtesy of Los Angels Clippers, NBA.com

 

Former Clippers small forward Matt Barnes on Thursday was traded from the Charlotte Hornets to the Memphis Grizzlies for guard Luke Ridnour. Charlotte then traded Ridnour and a conditional 2016 draft pick to Oklahoma City for guard Jeremy Lamb, Charlotte general manager Rich Cho announced.

Barnes, along with post Spencer Hawes, was recently traded to Charlotte for wing Lance Stephenson.

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Broadcaster Ralph Lawler to get a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Ralph Lawler To Get Star On Walk Of Fame

Ralph Lawler/Photo by Anwar Torres, Clippers.com

Longtime broadcaster Ralph Lawler will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the team announced Monday.

Lawler just completed his 36th season with the Clippers

“This is one of the great thrills of a very long and rewarding career,” Lawler said in a statement. “I think it is also a further indication of the Clippers’ ascending position in the community. It’s a great day for my family and me.”

Doc Rivers, coach and president of basketball operations, was stoked to hear the news.

“Ralph loves this game and the Clippers,” Rivers said. “We are lucky to experience his enthusiasm and knowledge every night. I’m excited for him to broadcast Clippers games for many years to come.”

A date for Lawler’s big day has yet to be set.

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Doc Rivers says he has a lot more work to do to spruce up his roster

Lance Stephenson at Thursday’s news conference/Staff photo by Scott Varley

 

Doc Rivers, coach and president of basketball operations, on Thursday wanted to make sure everyone knew he is by no means done trying to spruce up his roster. Rivers played host to a news conference to introduce Lance Stephenson, acquired in a trade Monday that saw the Clippers ship Matt Barnes and Spencer Hawes to Charlotte.

Speaking to a large group of reporters at the team’s headquarters in Playa Vista, Rivers – though a bit vague – indicated as much.

“Well, we need to add players,” Rivers said. “Obviously, we just gave two for one, so that means one more. We still have a lot of work to do. I don’t want to say what
positions, I think it’s pretty easy to figure out. But we’re going to look for the best players. We don’t really care about the position as much as others. We feel like we have to get deeper, we have to get more athletic, we have to add toughness, we have to be a better defensive team.

“Offensively, we were not broke last year. Defensively, we were in the middle of the pack, even though in the second half we were really good. But we want to be a consistent defensive rebounding team that can score.”

The Clippers allowed 100.1 points this past season, 16th in the league.

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Clippers set to introduce Lance Stephenson to Los Angeles media

Lance Stephenson

Lance Stephenson/Photo courtesy of Charlotte Hornets, ESPN.com

 

The Clippers on Thursday afternoon will introduce newly acquired Lance Stephenson to the Los Angeles media at a news conference.

Doc Rivers, Clippers coach and president of basketball operations, on Monday traded small forward Matt Barnes and forward/center Spencer Hawes to the Charlotte Hornets for Stephenson, who at 6-foot-5 can play both guard positions and small forward.

Stephenson, just 24, played his first four seasons with the Indiana Pacers. His final season with them was his statistical best as he averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 2013-14.

Stephenson signed with Charlotte after that season, but he did not follow up his previous season with anything similar. He averaged 8.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists in his only season there. He started just 25 of 61 games in which he played.

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Clippers to unveil new look in and around Los Angeles on Thursday

Members of the Clippers family on Thursday will visit several locations around the greater Los Angeles area to meet with fans and unveil their new look with a food and t-shirt giveaway.

The Clippers will have a presence at Sprinkles Cupcakes in downtown Los Angeles (735 S. Figueroa) from 8 a.m. to noon with owner Steve Ballmer appearing from 10-10:45 a.m. T-shirts and cupcakes will be distributed.

The Clippers will be at Pink’s Hot Dogs (709 N. La Brea) from noon to 2 p.m. with coach Doc Rivers and longtime broadcaster Ralph Lawler buying lunch for fans from noon-1 p.m.

Also, Gillian Zucker, president of business operations, will meet with fans at L.A. Metro (800 N. Alameda St.) from 6-7 a.m. with the team presence beginning at 4 a.m. and lasting until 8 a.m.

The Clippers will have people at a total of 32 locations around the city. Other prominent locations and times include:

6 – 8:30 am     Stauffer Middle School                       Lamond Murray (7 am – 8 am)

11985 Old River School Road            Clippers Spirit Dance Team

Downey, CA 90242

 

5 – 6 am          American Airlines Terminal/LAX        Clippers Spirit Dance Team

1 World Way, Los Angeles CA, 90045

 

8 am – 1 pm    Universal Studios                                Gary Grant (10:30 am – 12 pm)

100 Universal City Plaza                    Pooh Richardson (10:30 am – 12 pm)

Universal City, CA 91608                   Clippers Spirit Dance Team

(Fountain near Saddle Ranch)

 

9 am – 2 pm    Santa Monica Pier                              Olden Polynice (11:30 am – 12:30 pm)

380 Santa Monica Pier                       Darrick Martin (11:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Santa Monica, CA 90401                   Clippers Spirit Dance Team

(Pacific Park basketball game – access by walking down pier)

 

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Clippers are on verge of trading for wing Lance Stephenson

Lance Stephenson

Lance Stephenson/Photo courtesy of Charlotte Hornets, ESPN.com

 

A league source on Monday afternoon confirmed to this newspaper that a trade that would send small forward Matt Barnes and power forward/center Spencer Hawes to Charlotte for wing Lance Stephenson could be done any moment.

The deal in the works was first reported by YahooSports.

Stephenson played his first four seasons with Indiana. In his fourth season in 2013-14, he averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists. He did not have similar success at Charlotte this past season, however, averaging 8.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists.

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Clippers have worked out several players at their practice facility

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Quinn Cook/Photo courtesy of Duke University

 

The Clippers at this time do not have a pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, but they can work out players and they’ve been doing that at their facility in Playa Vista.

The Clippers this past week worked out power forwards Aaron White (Iowa) and David Kravish (Cal), shooting guard Treveon Graham (VCU), small foward Julian Washburn (UTEP) and point guards Quinn Cook (Duke) and Ryan Boatright (UConn).

All of these players are projected as either late second-round picks or just outside of the second round.

The draft will take place June 25. The Clippers are the only team without a pick.

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Adam Silver doubts change will come regarding intentional fouling

DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

According to a story on ESPN.com, NBA commissioner Adam Silver told reporters covering the NBA Finals in Oakland that there is little chance there will be a rule change that would prevent the intentional fouling of poor free-throw shooters like DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard of the Houston Rockets.

Silver said league executives at the general managers meeting in mid-May were opposed to any changes.

“The data shows that we’re largely talking about two teams, throughout the playoffs,” Silver said. “In fact, 90 percent of the occurrences of Hack-a-Shaq invole the Rockets and the Clippers. And for the most part, it’s two players. Seventy-five percent involve two players, DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard. So then the question becomes, should we be making that rule change largely for two teams and two players?”

Jordan, an unrestricted free agent, shot just 39.7 percent from the free-throw line this season and has just a 41.7 career percentage over seven seasons. Howard shot 52.8 percent this season and has shot 57.3 percent over 11 seasons.

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Clippers remain interested in bringing Paul Pierce to Los Angeles

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce/Photo courtesy of Washington Wizards, NBA.com

 

The Clippers remain interested in bringing small forward Paul Pierce to Los Angeles, a league source told us today, but that Pierce would first have to opt out of his current contract with the Washington Wizards, which he can do.

We’re also told that the Clippers will be pushing hard to retain unrestricted free-agent center DeAndre Jordan by offering him a max contract to stay with the team. Only the Clippers can offer Jordan a five-year deal worth roughly $109 million while the best other teams can offer is four years in the neighborhood of $81 million.

Pierce, 37, attended Inglewood High. He has played 17 seasons and has a career scoring average of 20.7. He averaged 11.9 points this past season with the
Wizards.

Pierce’s player option with Washington for next season is $5,543,725.

Jordan, 26, averaged 11.5 points, a league-high 15.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks during this past season. He helped the Clippers to the second round of the playoffs, where they were beaten in seven games by the Houston Rockets.

The down side to Jordan is that he can’t make free throws. He shot just 39.7 percent from the free-throw line in 2014-15 and his seven-year career percentage is 41.7.

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