Kawhi Leonard and Paul George made their debuts Wednesday as Los Angeles Clippers teammates, vowing to turn their hometown club into an NBA champion and eclipse city rival Lakers. "We're not looking at the Battle of LA. We've got bigger goals in mind," George said. "We're not thinking about the Lakers shadow. We want to be holding that trophy and we'll build up Clipper Nation along the way." Leonard made the biggest free agent signing in the NBA this month by leaving the Toronto Raptors after leading them to the NBA title while George was obtained in a blockbuster trade deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder at Leonard's request. "I'm on my next journey," Leonard said. "These guys have got a great future. Paul is a player I always wanted to play with. Both LA guys. Played down the street from each other. Now we're on the Clippers. "We've got something speical. I think we can make history." Clippers owner Steve Ballmer's high-octane introduction video became a quick social media sensation, … [Read more...] about Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers
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NBA free agency rules need to be revised after a wild week of deals saw superstar talent shifts and player trade demands, league commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday. Speaking in Las Vegas after team owners meetings at the NBA Summer League, Silver said it was clear talks had been underway about major moves long before the NBA opened its official negotiating period. News of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving going to Brooklyn broke minutes into the start of free agency on June 30, leading Silver and many others to conclude the NBA can't enforce its own free agency regulations. "Obviously, if deals are being announced immediately after the discussion period begins, there had been prior discussions," Silver said. "To a certain extent, we always knew that there was some leakage, some slippage around those deadlines, and I think there was a certain amount that historically had been acceptable in the league. "The consensus at both our committee meetings and the board meeting was that we need to … [Read more...] about Silver sees free agency changes after NBA star shifts
Kawhi Leonard, who led the Toronto Raptors to last month's NBA title, agreed to a four-year deal worth $142 million with the Los Angeles Clippers, who also landed playmaker Paul George, according to multiple reports. The blockbuster deal announced by ESPN, USA Today and several other media outlets is part of a reshaping of the NBA that leaves next season wide open without a heavy favorite from either the Eastern or Western Conference. The Clippers' moves added superstar skills to an already solid team that went 48-34 last season, losing to Golden State in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The club, founded in 1970, has never reached a conference final. Leonard was named NBA Finals Most Valuable Player in leading the Raptors to the crown. Toronto and the LeBron James-led Los Angeles Lakers tried in vain to sign him for next season. It was the second NBA Finals MVP award for Leonard, the 28-year-old forward who also won the honor with San Antonio in 2014. Leonard, who returns to his … [Read more...] about Kawhi joins Clippers, George follows in NBA blockbuster
Matt Eppers USA TODAY Published 8:45 PM EDT Jun 23, 2019 The championship has been won, and the draft is in the books. Before attention turns to what promises to be an eventful free agency period, the NBA will put the finishing touches on the 2018-19 season with its third annual awards show Monday night from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. The league will announce the winners of the season's individual awards, with Most Valuable Player the crown jewel. The awards were voted on by a panel of media members before the start of the playoffs. Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden and Paul George were announced as MVP finalists in May. So who has the edge among the trio of superstars? Antetokounmpo and George bolstered their positions as two of the best all-around players in the league and are both finalists for defensive player of the year as well. Harden was again a scoring machine who won another scoring title to put himself in position to win a second … [Read more...] about NBA MVP finalists: Giannis, Harden, George — who will win?
The NBA on Friday announced the finalists for six awards that honor top performers from the 2018-19 regular season, and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks has a chance to be both the NBA’s MVP and its Defensive Player of the Year. Paul George of the Oklahoma City Thunder was also named as finalist in both the MVP award and Defensive Player of the Year. Reigning MVP James Harden is the other finalist for the MVP award. The six awards are NBA Most Valuable Player, NBA Rookie of the Year, NBA Sixth Man Award, NBA Defensive Player of the Year, NBA Most Improved Player and NBA Coach of the Year. The winners of these awards will be revealed on June 24. The finalists for the six annual awards are as follows: NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder James Harden, Houston Rockets NBA Rookie of the Year Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks NBA Sixth Man Award Montrezl Harrell, … [Read more...] about NBA reveals finalists for 2019 Awards