July 2, 2020, 9:02 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers closed their practice facility in a precautionary move after a member of their Orlando traveling party tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.
This seems like something that will continue to happen as we prepare to move teams into the Orlando bubble. We'll keep an eye on whether any specific player is infected and how that will impact the restart plans for this team.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 16, 2020, 11:48 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
According to Shams Charania, NBA players have been informed that they must tell their teams by June 24 whether or not they intend to participate in the league's plan to return to the court next month in Orlando.
This has to do with 10-14 day quarantine periods from when the players will initially be exposed to one another. Players who choose not to participate will receive a reduction in salary of 1/92.6 per game missed when (if) the season returns. These players, if they are at higher risk of contracting the coronavirus, will be placed into two categories: Protected Players and Excused Players (excused absences must be submitted by June 25). Shams also added that players will be subject to a reduction in pay for games missed if they leave the "bubble" in Orlando without prior approval. In addition, they would obviously need to complete a 10-14 day, symptom-free quarantine period and be tested with the deep nasal swabs.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
June 5, 2020, 5:37 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Marc Stein is reporting that the NBPA has agreed to continue negotiations with the league for a 22-team restart to the season.
Stein also noted that not everything is settled at this point, and more items need to be agreed upon before the NBPA is ready to sign and proceed forward with the resumption of games. It sounds like we're still on a path to an agreement, but the NBPA still has a few points to clarify before it is all said and done. Stay tuned.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
May 26, 2020, 10:07 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
On Tuesday afternoon, AmicoHoops reported (via Twitter) that an unidentified NBA GM told them the league has seriously discussed resuming the current NBA season on Wednesday, July 22.
Nothing has been officially announced, by any means, and this is the first we've heard of specific target date(s) from anyone. It's looking like the continuation of the season will occur in Orlando at Walt Disney World at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, which has accommodations for at least some of what the NBA has planned for a resuming activity. As we have relayed numerous times recently, the next week or two seem to be a likely window for some decisions from Adam Silver and Co. at the NBA league office to start to come down. Stay tuned, hoops fans.
Source: AmicoHoops on Twitter
May 18, 2020, 12:08 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers have re-opened their practice facility as of Monday.
They're the latest on a long list of teams who are able to get players back into gyms on a voluntary basis, though it will still be slow going for the league overall until players can work out in full groups.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 1:54 amKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
It was just another day at the office for Kawhi Leonard on Tuesday, leading the Clippers to victory over the shorthanded Warriors with a game-high 23 points (9-of-14 shooting), four rebounds, five assists, two 3s and two steals.
Leonard is on cruise control with top-3 value in 9-cat formats on the season. Aside from the maintenance rest days, Leonard is simply money in the fantasy arena for the remainder of the season.
March 8, 2020, 7:08 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points on 9-of-18 shooting on Sunday against the Lakers but was very quiet otherwise, tallying just two rebounds, two threes and a block in 37 minutes.
Obviously there's nothing to worry about here, and we fear for whoever is on the Clippers' upcoming schedule after they let one slip away against a team that the organization is desperate to beat. Expect more typical Kawhi in the next one.
March 5, 2020, 10:45 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers to a 120-105 win over the Rockets on Thursday with 25 points on 8-of-15 shooting while adding six rebounds, five assists, two steals, a block and four 3-pointers.
Leonard killed the Rockets tonight on both ends of the floor. He had a couple highlight dunks, making P.J. Tucker look like an average defender and was efficient from deep as well. The whole bag was on display tonight and when he's playing at this level, it's almost impossible to stop him.
March 3, 2020, 11:28 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard had a game-high 25 points on 9-of-20 shooting and added eight rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes in a 109-94 win over the Thunder on Tuesday.
Leonard continues to cruise with top-10 fantasy value. The Clippers have three more sets of back-to-back games this season, so Kawhi could easily play 18 out of 21 games and finish the season with a total of 66 games. That's a number that would have satisfied a number of Kawhi drafters on fantasy draft day. While this game wasn't too close, Paul George once again played somewhat low minutes, providing 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and three triples in 27 minutes.
March 1, 2020, 8:51 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard did his thing in leading the Clippers to a 136-130 victory against the Sixers on Sunday, going for 30 points (8-of-9 FT), two 3-pointers, six rebounds, three assists and one steal.
The one turnover was a nice gift from Leonard on Sunday. These kinds of performances are the norm for Kawhi and its a compliment to his excellence that this production is no big deal for Leonard. The Clippers are getting healthier, but it does not look like Kawhi needs to give up his heavy offensive load, which makes him a first-round talent for the stretch run.
February 26, 2020, 11:43 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers with a 24 point, 14 rebound double-double effort on Wednesday, while tacking on five assists and three steals.
Leonard continues to play some of the league's best basketball. Over the last two months, he has been the number one fantasy player in 9-cat leagues, and sits in the top-5 on the season. Owners will hope to carry this hot hand through the playoffs.
February 22, 2020, 7:03 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard posted 31 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in Saturday's 103-112 loss to the Kings.
The Clippers' funk continues, but fantasy GMs may be alright with it if it forces Kawhi to keep playing at his exceedingly high level. The other reliable Clippers did their thing today in the losing effort, with Montrezl Harrell posting 16 points and 10 boards and Lou Williams clocking in with 24 points and two threes, though he did also commit eight turnovers.
February 16, 2020, 11:46 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard won the first Kobe Bryant All-Star Game MVP Award with 30 points as Team LeBron beat Team Giannis 157-155 on Sunday.
Leonard came out the gate hot as he knocked down eight triples prior to the extremely competitive fourth quarter. He turned it up with some clutch steals down the stretch and helped Team LeBron secure the win. Leonard is a lock for top-10 value as we shift our focus to the second half of the season.
February 13, 2020, 11:44 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points on 10-of-27 shooting to go with 11 rebounds in Thursday's close loss to the Celtics.
Leonard had a poor shooting night and overall didn't do as much in crunch time as the Clippers needed. Obviously, he's as elite as we get in fantasy, as the third overall player in 9-category formats on a per-game basis. When he's playing, he's money.
February 11, 2020, 10:42 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard had 30 points, nine assists and four rebounds in Tuesday's 110-103 loss at the hands of the Sixers.
Leonard also threw in two blocks and a steal and shot over 50% from the field, going 12-of-23. Classic Kawhi. He's been extremely efficient and the arrival of Marcus Morris should only help matters, giving him another bonafide shooter to dish it to.