The terms of Kawhi Leonard's deal with the Clippers are official, and he's only guaranteed to be in town for two years.
October 13, 2019, 11:20 amKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Ckippers head coach Doc Rivers doesn't expect Kawhi Leonard (rest) to play Sunday's preseaosn game against Melbourne.
The on again, off again resting schedule with Kawhi during the preseason is not much of a surprise. Leonard has said all of the right things about his committment to playing more and resting less this season, but until we see it it's hard to take those comments at face value. One encouraging spot for those considering Leonard in the first round is the news that Paul George (shoulder) will be sidelined for the first 10 games of the season, increasing the need for Leonard to be out there with his new team.
October 12, 2019, 5:10 pmPaul GeorgeSF, Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers are preparing to be without Paul George (right rotator cuff and left labrum tear) for at least the first 10 games of the season.
If he only misses 10 games that would put George in line to return on November 13 versus the Rockets. This seems to be the best case scenario and Moe Harkless and JaMychal Green figure to absorb most of George's minutes while he is out.
Source: Mark Medina on Twitter
October 8, 2019, 11:34 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Not only does Doc Rivers not know if Kawhi Leonard is playing on Thursday, but he said he hasn't even thought about it.
Clippers beat writer Jovan Buha speculates that it's unlikely that we see Leonard in the preseason. It's hard to argue with that after hearing Rivers' comments. This is good news for those rostering Kawhi in fantasy, as it seems the Clips could keep him in bubble wrap until the games count. As far as their other new All-NBA wing, Paul George won't take any contact throughout training camp.
Source: Jovan Buha on Twitter
October 8, 2019, 6:23 pmPaul GeorgeSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Doc Rivers said on Tuesday that Paul George will go through non-contact drills throughout all of training camp and they are unsure when he'll start doing full-contact work.
George had major surgery on both shoulders this summer, and the Clippers aren't in any hurry to rush him. George's stock keeps taking slight hits as his timeline continues to be murky.
Source: Mark Medina on Twitter
September 29, 2019, 4:50 pmPaul GeorgeTeam, Los Angeles Clippers
According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, Paul George is hoping to return around "November-ish" from the surgeries on his right rotator cuff and to repair the tear in his left labrum.
This is a slightly later timetable than was originally expected. By the sounds of it George doesn't even seem to confident in the new timetable either and this could linger even further pushing his draft stock down slightly.
Source: Ramona Shelburne on Twitter
September 8, 2019, 8:24 pmPaul GeorgeSF, Los Angeles Clippers
According to John Buha of The Athletic, following offseason surgery on both of his shoulders, Paul George is unlikely to be on the court on opening night.
Most news has been leaning in this direction regarding Paul George's recovery, and the Clippers are not interested in rushing PG's return to the court. When he does return, you can expect first round production from PG, but with this news in mind, and the prospect of being rested throughout the season looming, George is looking more like a second round selection on draft day. The Clippers will load manage him for an NBA Title run, not your fantasy league championship race.
Source: The Athletic
September 6, 2019, 10:15 amPaul GeorgeSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Paul George posted photos of himself practicing on his Instagram account.
PG13 on the court! This looks promising as most fantasy folks are looking for some signs that he is ready to start the season. It is good news that he is on court, but we should temper expectations and wait for official news from the Clippers. George is still expected to miss all of the preseason. If he is not ready to start the season look for PG to be more of a second round pick than a first round option.
Source: Paul George on Instagram
July 24, 2019, 7:56 pmPaul GeorgeSF, Los Angeles Clippers
During his Clippers' introductory press conference, Paul George said that he had no set return date following shoulder surgery.
Early indications for George were that he was likely to miss all of preseason, and many have speculated that he could miss some games to start the season as well. His shoulder issues will likely lead the Clippers to use an ultra-cautious approach to preserving his health throughout the season. With the prospect of 'DNP – Load Management' on the horizon for George, he could be a risky pick for managers in H2H leagues.
Source: Ben Golliver on Twitter
July 10, 2019, 1:18 pmPaul GeorgeSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Paul George is now officially a Clipper with the team announcing his acquisition on Tuesday.
George joins Kawhi Leonard in LA while sending Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari and five future first-round picks and two pick swaps to the Thunder. Leonard and George give the Clippers one of the best — if not the best — duos in the league, with the sort of elite two-way play on the wings that has been a hallmark of the league's top teams in this recent era. PG is no stranger to playing with high-usage superstars after his stint in OKC, so we're not at all worried about his fantasy outlook. As long as his shoulder is healed up by opening night there's no reason to treat George as anything other than a first-round fantasy talent.
Source: LA Clippers
July 6, 2019, 3:00 amPaul GeorgeSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Marc Stein elaborated on the picks, swaps and protections involved in the Paul George trade from the Thunder to the Clippers.
It's three unprotected first rounders from the Clips in 2022, 2024 and 2026 and then the Clippers' rights to the Heat's first round pick in 2021 (unprotected) and 2023 (protected 1-14). OKC also has the rights to pick swaps with the Clippers in 2023 and 2025. Sam Amick reports these pick swaps are unprotected, too. This is a massive deal and it's gambling on a championship if you're the Clippers, so there's not much to say there other than good luck, and if you're the Thunder you just grabbed a winning lottery ticket off the ground, so congrats.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
July 6, 2019, 1:59 amPaul GeorgeSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Paul George will be traded to the Clippers according to Adrian Wojnarowski for a "record setting collection of draft choices."
Wow. It's all happening right now and Woj reports that the Clippers are "sending the Thunder four unprotected first-round picks, one protected first-round pick and two pick swaps." George joins Kawhi Leonard in L.A. and all hell is breaking loose in the NBA right now. As for the Clippers, this is a championship level bet and the Thunder get a gift from above as they weren't winning anything anytime soon and they just got a treasure chest of future.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 23, 2019, 9:20 pmPaul GeorgeSF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Paul George is expected to miss most of the preseason as he recovers from surgery to repair his right rotator cuff and left labrum.
George is coming off a fantastic season, and it's unlikely that this will scare any fantasy players off from taking PG in the first round. That said, if he's already expected to miss most of the preseason, that won't leave a lot of leeway if any setbacks arise. There's no need to worry about George for the time being but keep your eyes open for updates on his progress as the summer rolls on.
Source: The Oklahoman
June 11, 2019, 6:27 pmPaul GeorgeF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Paul George had successful surgery on his left shoulder to repair a tear in his labrum on Tuesday.
This was expected a few months ago when it was revealed that George would undergo left labrum surgery when his right rotator cuff healed enough. George has a rough summer healing from surgery on both shoulders and his recovery will be reassessed at the start of training camp.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
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