Player News - Clippers

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Lou Williams, Eric Gordon and Fred VanVleet have been named the three finalists for the 2017-18 Sixth Man of the Year award.

Williams won the award in 2015 and he's the overwhelming favorite to take it home again this season, having averaged a career-high 22.6 points per game with 2.4 triples, 5.3 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals. His 6.2 free-throw makes per game were 11th-most in the league, far higher than any other reserve, which helped propel him to top-80 roto value.
May 16 - 8:38 PM

Assistant coach Mike Woodson will not return to the Los Angeles Clippers staff next season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Per Woj, "Woodson's departure off Doc Rivers' bench will create an opening for a top-level, defensive-minded assistant." As for Woodson, it's possible that he may join David Fizdale's staff in New York. Woodson gave Fizdale his first NBA bench job back in 2004, when Woodson was the head coach of the Hawks.
May 15 - 10:08 AM

Danilo Gallinari told Davide Chinellato of Gazzetta.it that his right hand is not healed yet, but he will not have surgery.

"I visited some specialists in the USA and now I will do the same in Italy," Gallinari said. "I ruled out surgery for the moment but I have to understand better how to recover." Gallinari came back for two games near the end of the season, but once the Clippers were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, he hung it up for the season likely due to this nagging injury. His timetable remains unclear.
Source: Sportando
May 10 - 11:16 AM

Doc Rivers is nearing an agreement for a multi-year extension with the Clippers.

While the Clippers failed to reach the postseason, owner Steve Ballmer believes that Rivers did an "amazing" job this season with the amount of injuries they had. Rivers said last week in an interview that he loves where the organization is at right now, so it sounds like he's excited to be part of their rebuilding process -- that's a bit ironic because one of the reasons he left Boston was that he didn't want to rebuild at the time. With DeAndre Jordan expected to opt out, the Clippers will have lots of cap space and could be very active on the free agent market.
May 6 - 9:11 AM

Wes Johnson will exercise his $6.1 million player option for next season, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.

It's the third year of his $18 million contract and he'll have an expiring deal next season. Johnson is going to turn 31 in July and will likely be looking for one more pay day next summer. The Clippers could start rebuilding next year, so it'll be tough to see how he fits in with what could be two lottery picks joining the roster.
May 2 - 2:19 PM

The Knicks have received permission to interview Clippers assistant Mike Woodson for their head coaching vacancy, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Knicks Twitter is already up in arms about the news, and it took all of 10 minutes to achieve that impressive feat. We would be shocked if Woodson winds up again leading the franchise, so take this development with a major grain of salt. In a follow-up tweet, Wojnarowski reports that the Knicks are finalizing plans to meet with "three of the top candidates" for the open job in David Fizdale, Mark Jackson, and Jerry Stackhouse. It's notable that Woodson's name is omitted from that list.
Apr 15 - 2:25 PM

Boban Marjanovic scored 12 points with 10 rebounds in just 13 minutes against the Lakers on Wednesday.

Boban was not freed this season, and now the whole fantasy community will be rooting for the Clippers to replace Doc Rivers with someone who will play Mr. Marjanovic. If highlight plays per minute was a stat, Boban would have led the league. Free Boban now, and free Boban forever.
Apr 12 - 12:54 AM

Montrezl Harrell scored 15 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 25 minutes against the Lakers on Wednesday.

He was a somewhat useful pickup in the Chris Paul trade and proved he can be a solid rotation player. Harrell also played two positions up front, but he still has some holes on offense.
Apr 12 - 12:51 AM

Austin Rivers went 0-of-9 from the field and 1-of-2 at the line for one point with one rebound, six assists and one steal in 20 minutes against the Lakers on Wednesday.

It was fairly obvious that his elbow was bothering him in this game, especially in the first half. The Clippers could look a lot different next year with a couple lottery picks, and the days of them being a playoff team are likely numbered for the foreseeable future.
Apr 12 - 12:49 AM

Montrezl Harrell (shoulder) is available to play against the Lakers on Wednesday.

The Clippers wait until the last minute and we don't know much besides this. We could still see a decent amount of Boban Marjanovic.
Apr 11 - 10:31 PM

Sindarius Thornwell will start Wednesday's game in place of Tyrone Wallace.

Austin Rivers is also starting in the backcourt, with Tobias Harris, Wesley Johnson and DeAndre Jordan rounding things out. Thornwell is coming off a terrific game on Monday, so maybe he'll keep it going as a bitter-end streaming option.
Apr 11 - 10:14 PM

Austin Rivers will play on Wednesday night against the Lakers.

He was probable and went through shootaround, so expect him to be a full go.
Apr 11 - 8:57 PM

Austin Rivers (elbow) is probable to play on Wednesday against the Lakers.

He went through shootaround and he should be looking at ample opportunity with Lou Williams (ankle) out of the lineup. Rivers will likely be starting at point guard and should get minutes in the mid 30s. Expect Tyrone Wallace to start next to him with Sindarius Thornwell and C.J. Williams as the backups.
Apr 11 - 2:22 PM

Montrezl Harrell (left shoulder strain) is questionable for Wednesday against the Lakers.

He logged a whopping 33 minutes on Monday night, so he likely sustained the injury there. If Harrell somehow can't go, the NBA world could get a little season-finale treat with more Boban Marjanovic. Free Boban.
Apr 11 - 2:19 PM

Lou Williams (ankle) will not play Wednesday against the Lakers.

Over the weekend, coach Doc Rivers said that Williams was playing through an ankle injury, so he won't be playing in the final two games now. He has Sixth Man of the Year locked up and turned out to be one of the best assets in fantasy this season. With him out, Tyrone Wallace should get some heavy run, but C.J. Williams and Sindarius Thornwell are slightly risky with Austin Rivers likely playing.
Apr 11 - 2:16 PM


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