Spencer Hawes/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers tonight (Tuesday) will open their exhibition season with a game against their first-round opponent in last season’s playoffs – the Golden State Warriors. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. (on Prime Ticket).
This will be the Clippers’ first game under new owner Steve Ballmer. Their next two games will be Sunday at Portland and then Monday at Utah.
Clippers fans will get their first look at several new faces, including 7-foot-1 post Spencer Hawes, a hard-nosed player expected the give the team an even bigger presence in the middle, along with starter DeAndre Jordan.
Take a look at an optimistic bunch of Clippers from Monday’s media day.
At media day yesterday, Chris Paul talked about a long offseason, especially after an uncharacteristic meltdown in Game 5 vs. the Oklahoma Thunder. See story.
Spencer Hawes/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
Matt Barnes is a hard-nosed player. Dirty, perhaps, at times. Apparently, that’s one of the things he likes about his new teammate – 7-foot post Spencer Hawes.
Hawes had 12 technical fouls, two flagrants and one ejection last season with Philadelphia and Cleveland.
“I think the biggest (addition) is going to be Spencer,” Barnes said. “Someone 7-foot who can shoot the ball, pass the ball, playmaker, a dirty guy, a tough guy, probably one of the biggest free-agent pickups of the summer that people really aren’t talking about as much as they should.”
Barnes was speaking at Clippers Media Day on Monday. When it was time for Hawes to take the dais, he was told of Barnes’ comments about his style of play and agreed they were on the money.
“I think so,” Hawes said. “I think as I’ve gotten a little older I’ve been able to contain a little more. But I think that’s just kind of my personality and I think with a guy like Matt, there are some similarities there. And I think that’s what kind of makes me good and sometimes what draws me back, so there’s a fine line there.”
Hawes has career scoring and rebounding averages of 9.7 and 6.4, respectively. He has seven seasons under his belt even though he is just 26 because he was in the league at age 19.
J.J. Redick/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
Clippers guard J.J. Redick and several area high school and college basketball coaches on Saturday will lead a basketball camp for kids grades 1 through 12 at Veterans Sports Complex in Carson.
The J.J. Redick Basketball ProCamp works with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Carson to provide camp scholarships for disadvantaged children.
Blake Griffin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
All-Star forward Blake Griffin will be featured as the cover story in the October issue of GQ magazine, which will hit newsstands Tuesday in Los Angeles and New York; it will hit the rest of the country on Sept. 30.
Griffin will discuss a variety of issues. Included therein are Donald Sterling, religion, dating in Los Angeles and life after basketball.
Griffin and the Clippers open the 2014-15 regular season on Oct. 30 when they play host to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Hedo Turkoglu/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers have re-signed forward Hedo Turkoglu, the team announced, without providing terms of the deal.
“We are happy to welcome Hedo back to the Clippers,” coach Doc Rivers said. “Hedo is a versatile, veteran presence who contributed to the championship culture we are building in Los Angeles.”
Turkoglu last season appeared in 38 games for the Clippers. He averaged 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds while averaging 10.3 minutes.
Turkoglu, 35, is 6-foot-10. He has a career scoring average of 11.5.
Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
Chris Paul and the Clippers will make their training-camp headquarters for the 2014-15 season at University of Nevada Las Vegas, the team announced Monday.
The five-day camp will take place Sept. 30-Oct. 4 and will include two-a-day practices the first four days with a single practice on Oct. 4.
“Getting away for training camp offers our team a unique opportunity to bond and focus solely on basketball as we prepare for the season,” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said. “UNLV has first-class facilities and we are excited about starting the season in Las Vegas.”
The Clippers will play an eight-game exhibition schedule with the first game slated for Oct. 7 against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center.
The regular season begins Oct. 30 when the Clippers play host to Oklahoma City.
Chris Douglas-Roberts/Photo courtesy of Charlotte Hornets
The Clippers on Wednesday announced they have signed free agents guard Chris Douglas-Roberts and power forward/post Ekpe Udoh. Terms were not disclosed.
Douglas-Roberts averaged 6.9 points, 2.0 rebounds and one assist in 49 games this past season for Charlotte. He shot 44 percent from the field – 38.6 percent from 3-point range - and 80.5 percent from the free-throw line. He is 27.
Udoh, who is 6-foot-10 and 240 pounds, averaged 3.4 points and 3.5 rebounds in 42 games for Milwaukee. He is 26.
“Chris and Ekpe are two versatile players who bring depth and a strong presence to our team,” coach Doc Rivers said. “We are excited to add them to our roster.”
The Clippers on Friday announced they have waived Carlos Delfino and Miroslav Raduljica just three days after acquiring them in a trade that sent Jared Dudley and a protected first-round draft pick for 2017 to the Milwaukee Bucks, who also gave the Clippers a 2015 second-round draft choice.
Friday’s move was seen as one to give the Clippers salary-cap and roster flexibility, according to a story on ESPN.com. Delfino and Raduljica were waived via the stretch provision that will free up $3.5 million in order to sign others to veteran’s minimum contracts, ESPN.com reported.
Doc Rivers (left) and Steve Ballmer/Staff photo by David Crane
The Clippers on Wednesday announced that Doc Rivers, head coach and president of basketball operations, has signed a five-year contract extension through the 2018-19 season.
“This is an important day for this organization,” Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said. “I am excited to work with Doc for a long time as we build a championship culture that will deliver results both on and off the court.
“Not only is Doc one of the best coaches and executives in the game, but he continually embodies the hard-core, committed and resilient character and winning culture that the Clippers represent. It was one of my top priorities to ensure that he was firmly in place as the long-term leader of this team.”
Rivers, who in 2013-14 led the Clippers to a franchise-record 57 victories in his first season at the helm, has been impressed with the energy brought by Ballmer, who recently purchased the team from Shelly Sterling after her husband Donald lost control of the team following his highly publicized racist comments.
“Steve has shown a clear and determined desire to make the Clippers one of the most elite, first-class and championship organizations in all of professional sports,” Rivers said. “We know we have work to do to get there, but I am motivated by the challenge and thankful for the opportunity to stand together with Steve as we continue to move toward our goal of winning an NBA title.”
Rivers is entering his 16th season as a head coach, having previously held that position with the Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics. Rivers, 52, is one of three active coaches – Gregg Popovich (Spurs) and Flip Saunders (Timberwolves) with at least 600 victories. Rivers has 644.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.