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Blake Opts out.
MadFlabby » 06/23/17 » 2:56pm
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06/23/17 » 6:47pm
We get Jawun Evans
JGlanton » 06/22/17 » 8:46pm (Page: 1, 2)
51 JGlanton
06/23/17 » 6:28pm
Aaron Affalo
V-Ice » 06/23/17 » 5:39pm
2 pro100
06/23/17 » 6:16pm
potential DJ trades?
japkilla » 06/22/17 » 12:51am (Page: 1, 2)
52 ClipsAhoy
06/23/17 » 5:31pm
2nd Rounders
gpack17 » 05/26/17 » 1:35pm
12 WindsorUK
06/23/17 » 11:51am
Clips Nation
Luke Nelson from UC Irvine to Join Clippers’ Summer League Roster

The British guard is the 8th player who will be with L.A. in Vegas.

According to international reporter David Pick, UC Irvine guard Luke Nelson will join the Clippers’ summer league roster. Nelson, a 22-year-old senior, is a 6’3” point guard who averaged 17 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.7 steals last season. He played just 27 minutes a game in only 17 appearances due to injury.

Nelson is originally from Britain and could find himself playing for the senior national team this summer after he concludes Summer League. His European nationality will give him an advantage over American-born players if he is forced to pursue potential playing opportunities in Europe.

For more coverage of the NBA Summer League, stay tuned to Clips Nation and @ClipsNationSBN on twitter. The Las Vegas Summer League begins July 7th.

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[Fansided: Fully Clips] - BREAKING: Blake Griffin and Chris Paul Opt Out of Contracts
... nners to snag him away from Los Angeles. There have also been reports of the Clippers potentially using Blake Griffin in a “sign-and-trade”, in the hopes of acqui ...
LATimes Clipper News
Letters: Lakers fans relatively happy with their week

Bill Plaschke had such a great opportunity on draft night to take attention off LaVar Ball and give it all to Lonzo, but no, he did the exact opposite. He decried all the attention-grabbing while giving him exactly that! Lonzo will be the star of the game and as a Bruins fan, I am thrilled beyond...

Clips Nation
2017 NBA Draft: Watch Jawun Evans Celebrate With His Mom In Barclays Center

Evans was in the audience waiting to hear his name called.

Every year, the NBA invites a select group of prospects to come to the “green room.” These are the high-profile lottery picks who take the standard handshake picture with the commissioner, receive their draft cap, and do an interview on the ESPN broadcast. Most prospects who aren’t invited stay home, sometimes organizing private draft viewing parties with family and friends.

Oklahoma State point guard Jawun Evans, who was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 39th pick and traded to the L.A. Clippers, went a different direction. He was in attendance at Barclays C enter with his family last night. Check out his celebration and handshake on-stage with NBA Deputy commissioner Mark Tatum—and ignore the fact that he’s wearing a 76ers draft cap.

What's the first thing you do after hearing your name called at the @NBADraft? If you're @j3vans1_ you hug your mama! #2017NBADraft #okstate

— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) June 23, 2017

That’s a pretty special moment and a dream come true for a young basketball player—I feel like even if I wasn’t invited to the green room, I’d be in attendance to have that moment up on the stage after being drafted.

LA Daily News
Clippers' Blake Griffin, Chris Paul decide to become free agents

The Clippers organization was dealt a double blow Friday when Chris Paul and Blake Griffin decided to opt out of their contracts to become unrestricted free agents.

The moves were first reported by The Vertical.

Griffin has opted out of his contract, while Paul, according to an ESPN report, will wait until the last day, June 29, to make it official.

LATimes Clipper News
Blake Griffin and Chris Paul both opt out of contracts with Clippers to become free agents

Both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin informed the Clippers Friday that they will decline their player options for the 2017-18 season and instead become unrestricted free agents.

If Paul or Griffin re-sign with the Clippers, they can earn up to $205 million and $175 million over five years, respectively.

Clips Nation
Watch: Clippers Rookie Jawun Evans’ Highlights at Oklahoma State

Check out the 39th pick from last night’s 2017 NBA Draft.

Last night, the Clippers purchased the 39th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft from the Philadelphia 76ers, selecting Jawun Evans from Oklahoma State. Evans is a lightning-quick point guard who gets to the basket with ease.

Check out his college highlights below (first 30 seconds are a commercial):

Clips Nation
Pundits Love Clippers’ Haul in 2017 NBA Draft

The Clippers traded up into the second round twice, selecting Jawun Evans and Sindarius Thornwell, and the moves were universally acclaimed across draft coverage sites.

Unlike in previous years, where Clippers’ picks were met mostly with either apathy or derision by neutral observers, their 2017 draft haul was praised on site after site.

Jack Maloney of CBS gave the selection of Jawun Evans a B and that of Sindarius Thornwell an A-, speaking on them respectively:

Undersized but strong and versatile point guard. Will have a great tutor in Chris Paul. “

“Physical, versatile defender. Should be able to contribute right away. Love this kid.

The mothership over at SB Nation gave the Clippers a B, with Ricky O’Donnell stating:

Juwan Evans drew Chris Paul comparisons all year at Oklahoma State while orchestrating the country’s most efficient offense. Who better to learn from than CP3 himself?”

Jordan Schultz at Yahoo Sports was even more effusive, giving the Clippers an A+!!

Regardless of where Chris Paul winds up, Jawun Evans is a nice find for the Clippers in the second round. He thrives in pick-and-roll and has a great pace to his game. Really, size is the only knock on the 6-foot, 185-pound guard. Evans, though, is a “professional” point guard who can really go. Don’t sleep on Sindarius Thornwell, either. He quietly earned SEC Player of the Year honors while leading South Carolina to the Final Four. He is a no-nonsense, throwback player who does everything well.”

ESPN was the lowest on the Clippers’ draft, but still gave them a slightly positive grade, with a C+, as Chad Ford commented:

Evans was a potential first-rounder who struggled in workouts, as his lack of size, length and athleticism hurt him. But in games, his feel and ability to score and distribute shine. He could have a nice career as a backup.

Thornwell is a versatile wing who can handle and score and proved to be a good shooter this year. His lack of elite athleticism lowered his draft stock, but he's a good fit for a veteran team like the Clippers.

Overall, draft analysts around the NBA stratosphere thought the Clippers made two very smart picks. Clips Nation certainly agrees with them, as most of the praise on Twitter and in comments has been highly positive. I certainly think it was a very good draft (I’d give it an A- personally), and I like both Thornwell and Evans more (relative to where they were drafted) than any Clippers’ pick since Trey Thompkins way back in 2011. My initial thoughts on Evans and Thornwell are here and here respectively. I wasn’t upset at last year’s draft, but I wasn’t super excited either, and this draft has me legitimately happy about what the Clippers did. Let’s hope it turns out as well as we all think it will.

Having slept on it, favorite drafts from last night: Boston, Brooklyn (counting Russell), Clippers, Spurs.

— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) June 23, 2017 RSS
2017 Draft Grades Roundup
After heading into the 2017 NBA Draft without a pick, the Clippers ended up making some noise, acquiring the rights to University of South Carolina guard Sindarius Thornwell, the 48th pick, from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for cash considerations.
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[Fansided: Fully Clips] - Draft: LA Clippers Sign Undrafted Free Agent Isaiah Hicks
... -up and will be reunited with his former UNC teammate Brice Johnson, who the Clippers drafted in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft. The terms of the contract ...