•   
  •   
  •   

SportThe Clippers Just Became the Best Team in Los Angeles, and Perhaps the NBA

10:25  06 july  2019
10:25  06 july  2019 Source:   si.com

NBA Free Agency Rumors: Butler, Leonard to Clippers 'increasingly possible'

NBA Free Agency Rumors: Butler, Leonard to Clippers 'increasingly possible' According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, league sources indicate that Jimmy Butler and Kawhi Leonard teaming up on the L.A. Clippers is becoming an “increasingly possible scenario.” Amick reports that the Clippers are somewhat on the outside looking in when it comes to Kevin Durant, but that Leonard is interested in Butler as a potential teammate. Butler would presumably also receive a maximum-salary deal from the Clippers. In order to have space to add two free agents at $32.7M apiece, the team would need to move Danilo Gallinari’s expiring $22.6M contract.

The Clippers did more than find equal footing with the Lakers with this summer’s haul—they surpassed them. And in the process, they probably just moved And joining Kawhi—the reigning Finals MVP, and current No. 1 player in the NBA —will be Paul George, himself a 2019 MVP finalist, and perennial

The Los Angeles Clippers are on a 14-game winning streak and putting in a serious claim to be the league's team to beat. In a massive turnaround from pretty much every season in franchise history prior to this one, the Los Angeles Clippers have established themselves as the league's best team

The Clippers Just Became the Best Team in Los Angeles, and Perhaps the NBA© Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

After days of absurd rumors, borderline stalking, and reddit-born conspiracies, the Clippers emerged as the winner for Kawhi Leonard’s services. And joining Kawhi—the reigning Finals MVP, and current No. 1 player in the NBA—will be Paul George, himself a 2019 MVP finalist, and perennial candidate for Defensive Player of the Year. In the span of a few moments in the wee hours of July 6, with two monumental moves, the Clippers—in the same summer the Lakers acquired Anthony Davis! To be LeBron’s teammate!—became the best team in Los Angeles.

What an unbelievable coup for the Clippers. Not only did they land Leonard, they pulled off an insanely stealthy trade for George, forming what’s easily the best perimeter defensive duo in the NBA. The obvious question to ask now is where the Clips land in the larger league hierarchy. For my money, not only are they the clear-cut No. 1 team in L.A., they have an argument to be the best team in the league.

10 NBA teams who must absolutely ace free agency

10 NBA teams who must absolutely ace free agency NBA free agency is upon us. It’s a market that multiple teams have been waiting for over the past couple years. 

* * * LOS ANGELES -- There are few better places to get a quick entertainment fix than YouTube, where the videos are vast and diverse, satisfying Just let the Clippers rally to take the lead, or make a thrilling play or Lord knows hit the game-winning hoop, and Steve Ballistic will rise up and detonate

LA Clippers roster, team stats, streak information, home vs. road splits, ticket links, recent and upcoming game details, and more. About The NBA . Global Events. Indiana Pacers. LA Clippers . Los Angeles Lakers. Memphis Grizzlies. Miami Heat.

Kawhi and PG are going to be an outstanding duo. George just spent two years learning to play off the ball with Russell Westbrook. It is going to be incredibly difficult for any team to have the perimeter wherewithal to slow down Kawhi and PG. And on the other end of the floor, it may even be worse. The combination of Leonard, George and Patrick Beverley is going to be devastating defensively. And even by trading for Geroge, the Clippers have still retained so much of the core of their roster, including Beverley, Montrezl Harrell, Lou Williams and Landry Shamet.

What separates the Clippers and Lakers right now is depth. The top two can be argued to death, but there’s no doubting as presently constructed the Clips have an actual NBA rotation. The Lakers have Kyle Kuzma and now Danny Green outside of LeBron and AD, and things get pretty dicey from there. The Clippers have several pieces from a team that made the playoffs last season, and they are adding to that a two-time Finals MVP and a first-team All-NBA forward.

NBA free agency: Winners and losers from Day 1

NBA free agency: Winners and losers from Day 1 NBA free agency officially tipped off around the league Sunday evening. It’s been one of the most highly anticipated free agent classes in modern history. We got answers to some pretty big questions as free agency got going on Day 1. The Boston Celtics netted All-NBA guard Kemba Walker to replace Kyrie Irving, who ended up signing with the Brooklyn Nets. Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic retained star center Nikola Vucevic on a less-than max contract. More than anything, the Nets’ ability to team Kyrie Irving up with Kevin Durant changes the entire dynamic around the Association.

The Clippers and SoCalGas are teaming up to give two lucky fans a chance to each win four home game tickets! Festival Los Clippers will feature entertainment for the whole family. From local Los Angeles artists, to Clippers Spirit, our Clips City Crew and Chuck, the squad will be there to get

LOS ANGELES – DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul continue stacking up honors, as Jordan was It marked the second time in Jordan’s career the Clippers center made an All- NBA team after being Paul moved into 11th place all-time in NBA assists in the process and posted the fifth best Player

The question from here becomes who is the Clippers’ biggest competition around the league. The Nets are still over a year away with Kevin Durant’s Achilles injury. The Warriors will have to wait for Klay Thompson to return from his torn ACL. The Lakers are going to be in a tricky spot as they try to fill out the roster with most starting-level free agents off the board. And teams like the Rockets and Nuggets have mostly stood still this summer.

Will the Sixers and their ultra-big starting five provide a counterbalance to the Clips? Will Giannis and the Bucks prove that last season’s ascent will have staying power? The Clippers are almost certainly going to be the league’s new measuring stick, and right now it’s difficult to think of a team that’s equal to them in star power, the fit of those stars, depth and coaching.

The fallout of the Clippers’ moves will be massive. Toronto will almost assuredly take a step back. A team like the Bucks is going to face a lot more pressure after spending immensely to keep together a less sexy core. The Lakers are going to have to figure out again how to take advantage of the waning years of LeBron’s prime. And we haven’t even hit on the Thunder, who traded away George and are now facing their second rebuild in the three years since they lost Kevin Durant.

Kawhi Leonard gives us the Clippers vs. Lakers rivalry we didn't know we wanted

Kawhi Leonard gives us the Clippers vs. Lakers rivalry we didn't know we wanted Lakers vs. Clippers is the biggest and best thing the NBA has to offer right now, even in a loaded Western Conference. This rivalry is finally real. The Lakers and Clippers have reached the playoffs in the same season only six times. They've never met in the postseason. They've never won 50 games or more apiece in the same season. It's historically never been a rivalry because the Lakers have the championships, but the Clippers have had the upper hand in recent seasons through the Lakers' six-season playoff drought. YEAR RESULT 1973-74 Both lost conf.

Ever since the Clippers moved north from San Diego to Los Angeles in 1984, the NBA has had two teams in each of its two biggest metro areas -- the Knicks and Nets in greater New York; the Lakers and Clippers in L.A. (Yes, the Nets played in New Jersey from the time they entered the league after

A list of the best Los Angeles Clippers of all time. For many basketball fans, hearing the Clippers name elicits groans. This is a franchise that has managed to The team was originally the Buffalo Braves, which formed in 1970, before moving to San Diego in 1978 and becoming the Clippers .

These two things are for certain, though. First, we are heading toward one of the most entertaining NBA seasons in years. Even if the Clips emerge as favorites, the gap between them and the field will be much closer than it was during the era of the Durant-Curry Warriors. The West is going to be a bloodbath next season, and there are an incredible number of competent teams around the league right now.

Secondly, the Clippers’ coup is ultimately a win for smart management. The Nets, Clippers, Lakers and Knicks all entered this summer with cap space and big dreams. While the Lakers certainly deserve credit for landing Davis, it’s the Nets and Clippers who both landed two stars this summer, with both pulling off some fairly big surprises. The best players may still want to play in big markets, but this summer proved that the marquee franchises still need smart planning to back up their historic reputations.

While the Nets had their big moment at the start of free agency, the Clippers put a chill on the rest of the league six days in. The Clips are going to be a force to be reckoned with, from this moment on for years to come. The days of the Clippers being the little brother in Los Angeles came to a screeching halt with the arrival of Leonard and George. The Clips did more than find equal footing with the Lakers with this summer’s haul—they surpassed them. And in the process, they probably just moved ahead of the rest of the league as well.

Read More

NBA Power Rankings: Clippers lead league in midsummer check-in.
As the dust finally settles on an incredible free-agency period, it's time to re-evaluate the NBA's power structure. theScore's NBA news team used composite balloting to determine the following rankings: 1. Los Angeles Clippers After bringing Kawhi Leonard and Paul George into the fold, everyone's favorite underdog team from 2018-19 suddenly has the weapons for immediate title contention. With Patrick Beverley also on board, the Clippers may boast the best perimeter defense in NBA history. 2.

Topical videos:

usr: 3
This is interesting!