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NBA free agency: Kawhi Leonard to decline $36M player option, expected to re-sign with Clippers, per reports

The Clippers superstar will reportedly become an unrestricted free agent, but is not expected to go elsewhere
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NBA free agency preview and predictions: Lakers and Clippers' options, latest on Kawhi Leonard, Chris Paul and..

Leonard and Paul opted out of contracts, but remain likely to sign new deals with the Clippers & Suns. Kyle Lowry, however, is likely moving
Tags: Nba, Lakers, Kyle Lowry, PAUL, Clippers, Leonard, Clippers Suns, Kawhi Leonard Chris Paul


Kawhi Leonard expected to re-sign with Clippers, reportedly will listen to other offers

While the conventional wisdom around the league remains Kawhi Leonard will re-sign with the Clippers, he reportedly will listen to...
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Shedaresthedevil wins Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar

DEL MAR — Eclipse Award-winning trainer Brad Cox gave his assistant, Eric Gary, a huge show of confidence this past week at Del Mar. Cox entrusted Gary, who only joined the Cox barn just days before the start of the Saratoga meet, with the care of Shedaresthedevil, one of the top fillies in the country, leading up to Sunday’s $300,000 Grade I Clement L. Hirsch Stakes. It didn’t go unnoticed by Gary, who came to the Cox barn after two-year stints with trainers Norman Knight and Nick Zito. “It was...
Tags: Angels, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Horse racing, Mike Smith, Gary, Cox, Clippers, Bob Baffert, Kawhi Leonard, Saratoga, Hirsch, Baffert, Del Mar, Peter Miller


Kawhi Leonard tops Clippers’ priorities in free agency

The What-If Game might not be particularly constructive, but it’s hard not to play. What if Kawhi Leonard didn’t suffer a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the Western Conference semifinals? What if the Clippers hadn’t been found themselves stuck on a game-every-other-day treadmill for the entire final month of their playoff run? Would the Clippers have reached an NBA Finals? Might they have won the whole thing? Leonard reportedly declined the $36 million final year of his contract Sunday, but ...
Tags: Sports, DeMarcus Cousins, Sport, Indiana, Soccer, Tennessee, Nba, Ohio, Espn, Rudy Gay, Jackson, Charlotte Hornets, Reggie Jackson, Andre Iguodala, Charlotte, Oklahoma City


Clippers' Kawhi Leonard opts out to open free agency frenzy

The Clippers have some tough decisions to make with no cap space and plenty of roster spots open, including that of Kawhi Leonard.
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Report: Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard declines option, to become free agent

Lawrence Frank celebrated his wedding anniversary Thursday hunkered down in Los Angeles with the other members of the Clippers braintrust for the 2021 NBA Draft — all of them thinking about the promise of another long-term commitment. One with Kawhi Leonard. On Sunday, Leonard reportedly declined the $36 million final season of his contract with the Clippers according The Athletic’s Shams Charania. That will make Leonard an unrestricted free agent — and once again, possibly the hottest commodity...
Tags: Utah, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Tennessee, Nba, Ohio, Jackson, Reggie Jackson, Usc, Charlotte, Oklahoma City, Moreno Valley, Paul George, George


NBA free agency: Discussing Lakers' and Clippers' options

The Lakers and Clippers have many holes to fill on their roster. The Times' NBA reporters discuss what to expect in upcoming free agency.
Tags: Nba, Lakers, Clippers, Times NBA


NBA Draft: Who is Keon Johnson, the Clippers’ first-round pick?

The Clippers on Thursday traded their No. 25 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft and a future second-round pick to the New York Knicks for Keon Johnson at No. 21. Here is whom the Clippers acquired via the draft: Keon Johnson Full name: Christopher Keon Johnson Position: Guard Size: 6-foot-5, 186 pounds Age: 19 College: Tennessee 2020-21 averages: 11.3 ppg, 44.9 FG%, 27.1 3P%, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.1 spg Awards: SEC All-Freshman 1st Team High school: The Webb School, Bell Buckle, Tennessee Need to know: ...
Tags: Kentucky, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Tennessee, Nba, SEC, Auburn, Espn, Johnson, New York Knicks, Clippers, NBA Draft, Aaron Mintz, FG, Los-angeles-clippers


NBA Draft 2021 live updates: Lakers reportedly near deal to acquire Russell Westbrook

As we approach the 2021 NBA draft, which begins at 5 p.m, reports about possible deals abound. The Lakers are reportedly in talks for a deal that would bring Russell Westbrook to Los Angeles. It would be a homecoming for the Southern California native that played at Leuzinger High School and UCLA before starting his NBA career in Seattle. USC forward Evan Mobley will be among the NBA draft prospects expected to hear his name called early Thursday evening. The former Rancho Christian High big man...
Tags: Utah, New York, Minnesota, Abc, Washington, Milwaukee, Sports, Sacramento, Toronto, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Sport, Indiana, Chicago, Soccer, Brooklyn


USC’s Jason Hart leaves to be G League Ignite head coach

USC men’s basketball associate head coach Jason Hart is leaving the program to accept a job as head coach of the G League Ignite, a source close to the program confirmed Wednesday. Hart, 43, will replace former Ignite head coach Brian Shaw, who recently accepted a position as an assistant coach with the Clippers. Early in July, Hart tweeted out his appreciation for the new wave of Black head coaches in the NBA, adding, “I’m next!” On Wednesday, he quoted that tweet with the exclamation, “Spoke i...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Nba, College sports, Syracuse, Usc, Black, Milwaukee Bucks, Southern California, Inglewood High School, Hart, Clippers, Pepperdine, Brian Shaw, Jason Hart


Alexander: What will the 2028 L.A. Olympics look like?

Tokyo’s Olympic Games might be the weirdest in the modern history of the extravaganza, but the athletes now have center stage instead of the suits. Thus, medals, great performances and star quality are beginning to shove their way into our collective consciousness past empty seats, positive COVID-19 tests and blowhard pronouncements from politicians and IOC leaders. That should be a reminder of the power of the Olympic brand, as tone-deaf and avaricious as it often seems. And it should also be a...
Tags: Amazon, Japan, Usa, New York, Boston, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Soccer, Olympics, Paris, Mls, Tokyo, Tehran, Ioc


Chris Paul’s feel-good NBA Finals story ends in frustration with Suns’ loss

By DAVID BRANDT AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE — As the final buzzer sounded, a stone-faced Chris Paul slowly walked off the court, down the tunnel and into the locker room. His feel-good story with the Phoenix Suns was denied the happy ending he craved. “Great group of guys, hell of a season,” Paul said. “But this one’s gonna hurt for a while.” One of the NBA’s most accomplished players finally got to the sport’s biggest stage in his 16th season at 36 years old. He’s an 11-time All-Star, 10-time Al...
Tags: Milwaukee, Sports, Phoenix Suns, Oklahoma City Thunder, Sport, Soccer, Williams, Nba, New Orleans, Houston Rockets, Hall of Fame, NBA finals, Chris, Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix, Suns


NBA Finals: Bucks try to focus on closing out Suns in Game 6

By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer MILWAUKEE — High atop the outside of Fiserv Forum – way above even a leaping Giannis Antetokounmpo’s reach – blares the Bucks’ postseason motto. “HISTORY IN THE MAKING” it reads, a sign and a situation that’s now impossible to ignore. And yet, that’s exactly what the Bucks are trying to do. They can indeed make history Tuesday night as Milwaukee’s first NBA champion since 1971. But the Bucks have to resist thinking about what happens if they beat the Phoenix...
Tags: Hbo, Milwaukee, Sports, Phoenix Suns, Sport, Soccer, Brooklyn, Williams, Nba, Tokyo, Lebron James, Middleton, Booker, NBA finals, James, Lakers


Sushi rolls are truly classic at Zeppin Japanese Restaurant in Encino

There are times when the job of seeking out tasty chow worthy of a few words begins to seem more like a nut bucket video game than the simple task of opening a menu and asking for something that sounds good. Consider a recent weekend: It began with a trip to a newly opened Armenian restaurant. The intense flavors of Armenian cooking always make me happy. But I wasn’t happy to find a completely empty restaurant with a disheveled owner sitting in front smoking a cigarette. I like to eat with other...
Tags: California, Restaurants, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Philadelphia, Dining, Southern California, Sashimi, Clippers, Dodgers, Van Nuys, Encino, KRAB, Top Stories LADN


Bucks edge Suns 123-119 to take 3-2 lead in NBA Finals

PHOENIX (AP) — Jrue Holiday seized his chance to give the Milwaukee Bucks the lead in the NBA Finals. Took it right out of Devin Booker’s hands, actually. Holiday’s steal and alley-oop pass to Giannis Antetokounmpo for a dunk sealed a wild Game 5 and gave the Bucks a 123-119 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night. Antetokounmpo had 32 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Khris Middleton added 29 points, and Holiday had 27 points and 13 assists. Related Articles Lake...
Tags: Usa, Milwaukee, Uncategorized, Sports, Phoenix Suns, Holiday, Sport, Ap, Soccer, Nba, Middleton, Booker, Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix, Alexander, Khris Middleton


NBA Finals: Back in Phoenix, Suns, Bucks ready for pivotal Game 5

By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns had designs on coming home with a chance to win their first championship. Khris Middleton’s shots and Giannis Antetokounmpo’s swat ended those thoughts. Now an NBA Finals that seemed very much in the Suns’ control when they left Phoenix a week ago returns to Arizona as a tossup. The Milwaukee Bucks have taken the last two games to even things up, with Game 5 set for Saturday night. “It’s two teams left in the league now playing for...
Tags: New York, Milwaukee, Sports, Phoenix Suns, Sport, Green, Soccer, Brooklyn, Williams, Arizona, Nba, Las Vegas, Cleveland, Yankees, Middleton, Booker


Alexander: Clippers’ summer is interesting in a scary way

The world according to Jim: • In a week, it will have been two years since that rollicking news conference at a rec center in South L.A., the day that newly acquired Kawhi Leonard and Paul George sat on a stage with Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and then-coach Doc Rivers, in which the Lawrence O’Brien Trophy – the “Larry O’B,” as Ballmer memorably shrieked – was referenced as a tangible goal. “We’re only here for one reason,” Ballmer said then. “We wanna win it all.” Never assume, right? … • The ...
Tags: Utah, Japan, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Steve Ballmer, Nba, Tokyo, Ncaa, Las Vegas, Yankees, Ioc, Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Nagasaki, Hiroshima


NBA Finals: Winning without Giannis scoring 40 gives Bucks confidence boost

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE — As remarkable as Giannis Antetokounmpo has been in delivering MVP-caliber performances during the NBA Finals while playing with an injured knee, there have been games in which he was good but not great. Good hadn’t been good enough for a Milwaukee Bucks win – until Game 4. And while Antetokounmpo will likely need to be great again, his teammates must prove they can deliver on the road the way they have at home. The Bucks and Phoenix Suns are tied, 2...
Tags: Milwaukee, Sports, Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, Sport, Soccer, Williams, Nba, Lebron James, Johnson, Middleton, Booker, Steve, NBA finals, Andre Iguodala, James


Report: Clippers ‘in serious talks’ to add Brian Shaw as assistant coach

The Clippers are “in serious talks” to hire NBA G League Ignite Coach Brian Shaw as an assistant coach on Tyronn Lue’s staff, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. A league source said the Clippers are in talks with several candidates as they work to fill openings created by the departures of three assistants form last season’s staff, a collective that helped steer the Clippers to a Western Conference finals berth for the first time in franchise history – including going 4-4 in their final...
Tags: Florida, Sports, Denver Nuggets, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Espn, Oakland, Los-angeles-clippers, Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers, Rogers, Lakers, Atkinson, Paul George, Adam Silver


It’s 60 For 30: Footnotes on the first half of the 2021 MLB season

Sixty fun facts about 30 teams at the All-Star break: NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST San Francisco (57-32): Reliever Jake McGee, who had an 0.839 WHIP for the Dodgers last year, has a 0.881 WHIP with 19 saves for the Giants this season. Shortstop Brandon Crawford has a .921 OPS. His previous high for a full season is .782 in 2015. Dodgers (56-35): Their bullpen WHIP (walks, hits per innings pitched) is 1.25. It was 1.04 last season. Despite Cody Bellinger’s .593 OPS and Corey Seager’s injury, L.A. is st...
Tags: New York, Texas, Minnesota, Colorado, Washington, Boston, Milwaukee, Angels, Sports, Toronto, Atlanta, Sport, Soccer, Arizona, San Diego, Nba


Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard undergoes surgery for partial ACL tear

Clippers star Kawhi Leonard underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair a partial tear of his right anterior cruciate ligament, the team announced. There is no timetable for his return, according to the team. The five-time All-Star from Moreno Valley planted awkwardly on a drive to the basket in the fourth quarter of the Clippers’ Game 4 second-round playoff victory over the Utah Jazz on June 14 at Staples Center. Although Leonard watched the remainder of the game from the bench after he exited with ...
Tags: Utah, Sports, Phoenix Suns, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Dallas, Espn, Moreno Valley, Paul George, Utah Jazz, Adam Silver, Chris Paul, Clippers, Athletic, Patrick Beverley


Lorenzen Wright’s sons featured in upcoming ESPN documentary

The story of murdered former NBA player Lorenzen Wright will be featured in a documentary airing as part of ESPN’s E60 programming on Wednesday night. “A Murder in Memphis” is set to air at 6 p.m. on ESPN. Wright’s twin sons, Lamar and Shamar — both products of Murrieta Mesa High School — discuss their father, their parents and the accusations against their mother, according to a release. In 2010, Lorenzen Wright, a former first-round draft pick of the Clippers, was found dead near Memphis. The ...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Espn, Memphis, Wright, Lamar, Clippers, Norco, Southern Illinois Edwardsville, Lorenzen Wright, Sugar Land Texas, Murrieta Mesa, Murrieta Mesa High School, Sherra Wright


Michael McGreevy wastes little time in becoming a possible 1st-round pick in the MLB draft

There were times, usually on Friday nights in the spring, when Andrew Checketts thought baseball was actually too fast. He is the coach at UC Santa Barbara, and he usually calls the pitches. By the time he processed the count, the hitter and the entire situation, Michael McGreevy was already winding up. “I finally quit worrying about it,” Checketts said, and, indeed, it didn’t matter much. McGreevy went 9-2 for the Gauchos and posted a 2.92 ERA. Not only did he cut down on the staging, fidgeting...
Tags: Sports, Atlanta, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Mlb, College sports, Cleveland, Ucla, Gauchos, Suns, Mike, Clippers, Cubs, Major League, UC Santa Barbara


Eight Takeaways From ProPublica’s Investigation of How Sports Owners Use Their Teams to Avoid Taxes

This story first appeared at ProPublica. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. In the latest installment of “The Secret IRS Files,” ProPublica delved deep into tax information for dozens of team owners across the four largest American pro sports leagues. Here’s what we found: 1. Billionaire team owners often pay lower federal income tax rates than their millionaire players — and ...
Tags: News, Microsoft, New Jersey, Steve Ballmer, Jacksonville Jaguars, Mlb, Lebron James, Minnesota Vikings, Khan, Carolina Panthers, Chicago White Sox, Irs, Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Indians, Lakers, Clippers


Whicker: Greg Larson’s ‘Clubbie’ shows baseball’s bleak heart, powerful grip

The first year that Greg Larson worked in the clubhouse of the Aberdeen Ironbirds, he lived in a bare apartment and slept on an air mattress. In the second year, Larson did as all pros do, and made an adjustment. He ditched the apartment. Well, actually the Baltimore Orioles, the “parent club,” stopped paying for it. So Larson took pains to construct an office and a bedroom inside the ribs of a room that was already a second home to 20 or so college kids, Dominicans, teenagers and ex-dreamers an...
Tags: Maryland, Sports, Sport, Aberdeen, Soccer, Brooklyn, Nba, Major League Baseball, South Carolina, Baltimore Orioles, Ucla, Phoenix, Suns, Greg, Nicole, Clippers


Report: Warriors to add Clippers assistant Kenny Atkinson to their coaching staff

It remains to be seen whether the Clippers will aim to run it back next season with the same cast on the court. On the sideline, well, they’re already guaranteed to have a different look. Assistant coach Kenny Atkinson is close to agreeing to terms with the Golden State Warriors to serve as one of the lead assistants there, according to The Athletic. The former Brooklyn Nets head coach spent the past season on Tyronn Lue’s staff, leading the player development aspect of the operation. Additional...
Tags: Sports, Phoenix Suns, Sport, Soccer, Brooklyn, Nba, Mike Brown, Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors, Warriors, Atkinson, Paul George, Kevin Durant, Adam Silver, Chris Paul, Clippers


Adam Silver says NBA ‘weathered’ shortened schedule, expects a more normal season for 2021-22

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer PHOENIX — The NBA might emerge from the pandemic on better financial footing than it first anticipated, though Commissioner Adam Silver warned Tuesday that it’s too early to declare things fully back to normal. Silver, at his annual pre-NBA Finals news conference, said he believes the league weathered the pandemic and all that came with it – including much less revenue from the lack of fans in arenas for much of the last 15 months – relatively well, noting th...
Tags: Boston, Milwaukee, Sports, Atlanta, Sport, Canada, Soccer, Nba, Dallas, Lebron James, Silver, Walt Disney World, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, Lakers, Raptors


Daddy’s Hangout 2021 NBA Finals Prediction

We are finally down to two teams remaining in the NBA playoffs. We have the Milwaukee Bucks representing the East and the Phoenix Suns coming out West. If you followed my Eastern and Western Conference predictions, you know I got this totally wrong. My prediction had the Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Clippers advancing to the NBA Finals in six games. The Phoenix Suns closed out the Clippers in 6 games in a hard fought series. On the other side, the Bucks finished the Hawks in 6 games also in a...
Tags: Milwaukee, Sports, Phoenix Suns, Arizona, Basketball, Nba, Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, NBA finals, Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix, Khris Middleton, Suns, Devin Booker, Chris Paul


Bucks beat Hawks, head to NBA Finals for 1st time since 1974

ATLANTA (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks are headed back to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1974. They didn’t even need two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo to lock up their spot. Khris Middleton scored 32 points, including a run of 16 straight in a decisive third quarter that carried the Bucks to a 118-107 victory over the upstart Atlanta Hawks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals Saturday night. Milwaukee won the series 4-2, advancing to face the Suns in the NBA Finals. Game 1 is Tuesday...
Tags: Milwaukee, Sports, Atlanta, Sport, Ap, Soccer, Nba, Philadelphia, Middleton, Los Angeles Lakers, Young, Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks