Clippers re-sign Patrick Beverley, wait on top free agent target Kawhi Leonard

first_imgLeonard, the stoic superstar, is worth waiting for: With the Raptors last season, the 28-year-old posted career highs in points (26.6) and rebounds (7.3) while employing a “load management” regimen that kept him fresh for a successful postseason run. The season ended, of course, with the dynamic 6-foot-7 forward cradling the “Larry OB” trophy, as he affectionately called it.JaMychal Green still is on the market, for now. Along with Beverley, he was integral to the Clippers’ surprising success last season, when they won 48 games.In addition to Durant and Irving, the Nets reportedly also are set to sign a pair of players with Clippers ties – veteran center DeAndre Jordan, a pillar of the Lob City era, and guard Garrett Temple, who joined the team last season after the trade deadline.Jordan, the 30-year-old center who played the first 10 seasons of his career with the Clippers, reportedly will accept a four-year, $40 million contract, which will be possible, according to ESPN, because Durant and Irving will be willing to take less than the max to accommodate it.Temple, a 33-year-old who averaged 4.7 points in 26 games with the Clippers, reportedly will sign a two-year, $10 million deal with the Nets. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 He added a second tweet at 10:36 p.m.: “From the Mud. God is REAL.”Beverley earned the distinction as one of the most pursued guards in the marketplace with his play last season, when his dogged defense, 39.7 percent shooting from 3-point range and energy and leadership helped lift the Clippers into the playoffs, where they pushed the Golden State Warriors to six games in their best-of-seven first-round playoff pairing.He averaged 7.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 78 games for the Clippers last season and has career averages of 9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.2 steals over seven seasons with the Rockets and Clippers.During his exit interview a few hours after their season ended, Clippers coach Doc Rivers spoke about Beverley’s value to the Clippers. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum center_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory The Clippers won’t have Kevin Durant – or Jimmy Butler or Al Horford or another superstar free agent – to help them woo Kawhi Leonard away from both the Lakers and the NBA champion Toronto Raptors.But they will have Patrick Beverley.The Clippers’ tenacious, culture-setting guard re-signed with the team, he announced in a tweet Sunday night. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Beverley’s agent Kevin Bradbury said the 30-year-old player agreed to the $40 million, three-year deal he reportedly was seeking.Beverley’s tweet at 10:22 p.m.: “#CLIPPERNATION” followed by a series of emojis: four hands in prayer, three hearts and 12 bags of money. Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates “He is very important to our chemistry,” Rivers said. “After the first 10 or 15 games, I wasn’t sure that I was going to like Pat; he’s so crazy. But just the longer he was around and led, and led the right way, and then bought in too, you realize how valuable guys like Pat are to your teams. You need those types.”The Clippers also put a call into Danny Green on Sunday, reaching out to the sharpshooting guard who has been a constant presence on both of Leonard’s NBA teams so far.After Durant announced Sunday afternoon on Instagram that he’s leaving the Golden State team with which he won two titles to sign with the Brooklyn Nets and team up with Kyrie Irving, multiple reports indicated the Clippers talked with Green, the 6-foot-6 guard said on an Instagram live stream Sunday night.Not much else was heard from the Clippers, who have long had their sights set squarely on Leonard, the two-time NBA champion and two-time Finals MVP who reportedly wants to play with a “top-flight free agent” if he chooses to leave the Toronto Raptors.Green was packaged with Leonard last year in the trade from San Antonio, where they were teammates for all of Leonard’s seven seasons as a Spur. He contributed to the Raptors’ first NBA title, and he and Leonard’s second, and he recently told USA Today that he’d return to Toronto if Leonard did, but that he’d explore other options if Leonard left.The 32-year-old – who ranked No. 2 in the NBA in 3-point percentage (45.5 percent) and No. 13 in made 3s (198) last season – also has an interest in broadcasting, a pursuit that could benefit from his access to the L.A. media market.Would recruiting Green broadcast a message to Leonard?ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported Leonard’s people called Magic Johnson on Sunday about the Lakers, who cleared additional salary-cap space this week so they can offer Leonard an opportunity to play beside LeBron James and Anthony Davis.The Clippers, meanwhile, made the playoffs with a gritty roster void of All-Stars last season, and they still don’t have any after a frenetic opening of free agency, which began with Durant’s confirmation that he was signing with the Nets, delivered on the Instagram account of his sports-owned business channel The Boardroom.Durant, who suffered a torn Achilles tendon during the NBA Finals and is likely to miss all of next season, reportedly will receive close to a four-year $164 million max deal, and Irving will sign in the neighborhood of four-year $141 million max deal, per multiple reports.Word came later that Butler was expected to join the Miami Heat, who reportedly are working to salvage a sign-and-trade agreement for the 29-year-old, two-way threat with Philadelphia and the Dallas Mavericks, or another team. Having Butler, who reportedly will sign a four-year, $142 million max deal, could improve Miami’s prospects next season and potentially decrease the value of the unprotected 2021 first-round draft pick the Clippers received from Philadelphia in last season’s trade for Tobias Harris.Then came the reports that veteran big man Horford agreed to a four-year $109 million offer with Philadelphia.Meanwhile, the basketball world waited – Clippers fans agonizing – for news about Leonard. They might be waiting for days; ESPN’s Bobby Marks suggested on air that Leonard’s decision could be a longer time coming, “maybe into the week,” and other reports echoed that expectation after Leonard refrained from meeting with any teams Sunday.Related Articleslast_img

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