August 8, 2020, 10:01 amKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard (load management) will not play on Saturday against the Blazers.
The Clippers have a back-to-back this weekend so it was assumed Kawhi would sit out one of those games as he has been doing all season. The reigning NBA Finals MVP should be good to go against the Nets on Sunday, while Landry Shamet and Marcus Morris may be asked to take on a bigger role offensively on Saturday.
Source: Andrew Greif on Twitter
August 6, 2020, 10:11 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard led the way for the Clippers on Thursday with 29 points, six rebounds, five assists and four triples in 38 minutes as the Clippers downed the Mavericks 126-111.
Another day, another strong outing from one of the elite players in our league. Leonard makes it look simple and barely seems to break a sweat as he puts up first-round fantasy numbers. He should continue to get a full complement of minutes as the Clips try to hold off the Nuggets in the standings.
August 6, 2020, 9:53 pmMarcus MorrisPF, Los Angeles Clippers
Marcus Morris had another effective game on Thursday, dropping another 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting, with five boards, two steals and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
Morris continues to be a reasonably effective role player for this Clippers team. He can score the ball and knock down outside shots, but there are concerns with consistency, especially when Paul George and Kawhi Leonard are going strong.
August 4, 2020, 9:29 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard finished with 27 points (10-of-21 FG, 2-of-4 3PT, 5-of-5 FT), seven rebounds and three assists, logging 37 minutes of action in a loss to the Suns on Tuesday afternoon.
Leonard was pretty good in this one, especially late in the game when he started knocking down shots. The Clippers were in a back-and-forth battle all afternoon with the Suns but Devin Booker had the last laugh with his jumper at the end of regulation. Leonard, however, is as steady as they come. He should play every game the rest of the way, unless the playoff seeds are set in stone with one or two seeding games left prior to the playoffs.
August 1, 2020, 9:33 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard scored 24 points on 6-of-16 shooting with six rebounds, five assists and two threes in a 126-103 win over the Pelicans on Saturday.
It was an off night from the field by Kawhi's standards, but he feasted from the free throw line, shooting 10-of-11. Leonard is a first-round fantasy player in per-game value and can be the best player in the world on any given night. NBA fans should hope for the Nuggets to stay close to the Clippers in the standings so Leonard will be more likely to play down the stretch.
July 31, 2020, 12:29 amKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard put up 28 points (7-of-16 FG, 11-of-13 FT), three rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers in Thursday's re-opener against the Lakers.
Leonard picked up right where he left off, using his strength and length to go around, through and over prospective defenders all night. He's going to be a first-round fantasy value whenever he's on the floor, and the Clippers' loss tonight is good news for fantasy GMs. The closer the Clippers fall to the Nuggets and the rest of the pack, the more likely it is that Leonard goes full tilt through the Orlando schedule.
July 12, 2020, 1:30 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard managed to finish as a top-3 player in 9-cat leagues in his first season with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Leonard finished with averages of 26.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.1 triples on 46.9 percent shooting. He only missed 13 games this season and still put up top-10 total value in both 8 and 9-cat leagues. In his first year with the Clippers alongside Paul George, Leonard proved that he will continue to be amongst the fantasy elite. Going into next year's drafts he should undoubtedly be considered a high first round pick.
July 11, 2020, 8:33 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard arrived at Orlando on Saturday and is going through quarantine protocol before joining the Clippers.
Leonard was away from the team after getting permission to attend to a family matter and did not travel with them to Orlando. According to Doc Rivers, the Clippers are healthy and ready to go, so once Leonard clears his protocol, he should be able to get warmed up with the rest of the Clips squad.
Source: Ohm Youngmisuk on Twitter
July 8, 2020, 8:22 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
According to Chris Haynes, Kawhi Leonard did not travel with the Clippers to Walt Disney World for the assumption of the 2019-20 NBA season.
The good news here is that it was to attend to a family matter and that Kawhi got permission from his team. He is expected to join the rest of the Clippers in a few days. Leonard was notorious for missing games throughout the season due to "load management" and rest. Since this is not an injury-related absence (tardiness), there should be no real concerns about Leonard not being able to play at a top-10 caliber fantasy stud for the remaining eight games of the season.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
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.