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Clippers staffer who was punched by Blake Griffin leaves team

Matias Testi, who was punched in the face by Clippers forward Blake Griffin in January, is no longer the team’s assistant equipment manager, the team confirmed Wednesday. A team spokesman said the Clippers would have no further comments on why Testi doesn’t work there anymore. Testi was seen at...

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  • Clippers reportedly agree to a two-year contract with forward Luc Mbah a Moute

    Clippers reportedly agree to a two-year contract with forward Luc Mbah a Moute

    The Clippers found a rare bargain amid the free-agency spending frenzy, reportedly agreeing Monday to a two-year, $4.5-million contract with veteran forward Luc Mbah a Moute. The deal first reported by the Vertical was for the Clippers’ biannual exception and includes a $2.3-million player option...

  • Clippers up the ante; Jamal Crawford is all in

    Clippers up the ante; Jamal Crawford is all in

    If at first you don’t succeed, make a better offer. The Clippers retained the heart of their second unit on Sunday after vastly improving their proposal to Jamal Crawford.  The star sixth man agreed to a three-year, $42-million contract after an initial smaller offer had left him hesitant about...

  • Clippers lose another free agent as Cole Aldrich agrees to sign with Minnesota

    Clippers lose another free agent as Cole Aldrich agrees to sign with Minnesota

    The Clippers lost another free agent they wanted to keep on Sunday when backup center Cole Aldrich agreed to a three-year, $22-million contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Keeping Aldrich was considered something of an uphill climb for the Clippers because they did not own his so-called Bird...

  • Wesley Johnson, Austin Rivers are in; Durant is out for Clippers

    Wesley Johnson, Austin Rivers are in; Durant is out for Clippers

    The Clippers received some disappointing, albeit not surprising, news Saturday: Kevin Durant will not join them. The team learned that the superstar free agent had eliminated it from consideration as he continued to meet with suitors and narrowed his choices. Durant informing the Clippers they...

  • Clippers' meeting with Kevin Durant 'went very well'

    Clippers' meeting with Kevin Durant 'went very well'

    The Clippers have made their pitch to Kevin Durant. Now the waiting begins. They unveiled a four-hour presentation to the former NBA most valuable player on Friday evening in the Hamptons on Long Island, N.Y., in hopes of landing what would be the most prized free agent in their history. One person...

  • Clippers lose Jeff Green, who agrees to one-year, $15-million deal with Orlando Magic

    Clippers lose Jeff Green, who agrees to one-year, $15-million deal with Orlando Magic

    The Clippers lost one of their top free agents Friday afternoon when veteran forward Jeff Green agreed to a one-year, $15-million contract with the Orlando Magic, a person close to the situation confirmed. Green was the Clippers’ biggest in-season addition last season, joining the team in February...

  • Jamal Crawford a bundle of nerves during free agency

    Jamal Crawford a bundle of nerves during free agency

    Sixteen years in the NBA still hasn’t stopped Jamal Crawford from trying to settle his emotions while he traverses through this free-agency period. Crawford has dealt with his nerves making him “anxious” and “nervous” and “excited” about what the future holds for the only player in NBA history...

  • Clippers will do what it takes to get Kevin Durant

    Clippers will do what it takes to get Kevin Durant

    The Clippers have started their wooing of free agents. Now comes the biggest pursuit. They will be among the first teams to make their pitch to Kevin Durant, meeting with the superstar free agent Friday in the Hamptons on Long Island, N.Y. Durant is scheduled to convene with a contingent of Clippers...

  • Clippers will be among the first teams to meet with free agent Kevin Durant

    Clippers will be among the first teams to meet with free agent Kevin Durant

    The Clippers’ pitch to Kevin Durant will be among the first the superstar forward hears in free agency. Durant is scheduled to meet with a contingent of Clippers officials in the Hamptons on Long Island, N.Y., on Friday, the same day he is expected to meet with representatives of the Golden State...

  • Clippers prepare for pursuit of Kevin Durant in free agency

    Clippers prepare for pursuit of Kevin Durant in free agency

    The Clippers wouldn’t mind if their roster looked radically different in the coming weeks. They also would be just fine with it remaining essentially the same. The drastic change would involve landing Kevin Durant, the prize of this summer’s free agency.  Staying intact would mean retaining most...

  • Clippers' summer league team includes draft picks and youngest players

    Clippers' summer league team includes draft picks and youngest players

    The Clippers announced Tuesday that their summer league team in Orlando, Fla., would include second-year guard C.J. Wilcox and rookie forward Brandon Dawson in addition to recent draft picks Brice Johnson, David Michineau and Diamond Stone. The weeklong league that starts Saturday at the Orlando...

  • Clippers land pitch meeting with superstar free agent Kevin Durant

    Clippers land pitch meeting with superstar free agent Kevin Durant

    A Los Angeles team has landed a pitch meeting with Kevin Durant, but it’s not the one that desperately needs help and is flush with financial resources. The Clippers, not the Lakers, are among the handful of teams that will get a chance to try and lure the summer’s top NBA free agent, according...

  • Clippers' DeAndre Jordan to represent USA in Summer Olympics

    Clippers' DeAndre Jordan to represent USA in Summer Olympics

    The longshot came in. DeAndre Jordan is an Olympian. Considered the least likely of the three Clippers who were finalists for Team USA to play in the Olympics, Jordan has earned a spot on the team that will compete in August in Rio de Janeiro, according to a person close to the situation not authorized...

  • How the Clippers are preparing for the NBA draft

    How the Clippers are preparing for the NBA draft

    As draft positioning goes for the Clippers, Doc Rivers doesn’t expect it to be the roaring 20s. There have been more misses than hits in those spots recently, though some impact players have emerged. Kenneth Faried went No. 22 to the Denver Nuggets in 2011. Taj Gibson was selected No. 26 by the...

  • Clippers have several holes that could be filled with draft picks

    Clippers have several holes that could be filled with draft picks

    The Clippers need a starting small forward. They need a backup point guard. They need … well, practically an entire bench. They will fill most of their needs in free agency in the coming months, but they also have two draft picks for the first time since Coach Doc Rivers joined the team in the...

  • Los Angeles Clippers look at more draft candidates

    Los Angeles Clippers look at more draft candidates

    They have traveled all over the country to work out for different NBA teams, hoping their bodies hold up under tense moments and that their skills remain sharp throughout the process. Six more players labored through a pre-draft work out with the Clippers on Thursday, all of them knowing these...

  • Clippers look at more draft candidates

    Clippers look at more draft candidates

    They have traveled all over the country to work out for different NBA teams, all of them hoping their bodies hold up under these tense moments and that their skills remain sharp throughout the process. Six more players labored through a pre-draft workout with the Clippers on Thursday, all of them...

  • Clippers looking for a new TV deal

    Clippers looking for a new TV deal

    About the only certainty involving Clippers games next season is that their telecasts will be shown somewhere. The team is mulling not only who will be its broadcast partner but also a variety of technological enhancements that could revolutionize the NBA viewing experience. The Clippers are considering...

  • Clippers assistant coach Kevin Eastman retires

    Clippers assistant coach Kevin Eastman retires

    The Clippers announced the retirement of assistant coach Kevin Eastman, a longtime lieutenant of Coach Doc Rivers who had also spent one season as vice president of basketball operations with the Clippers. Eastman, 61, had previously served as an assistant on Rivers’ staff with the Boston Celtics...

  • Clippers move Lawrence Frank into front-office role to assist Doc Rivers

    Clippers move Lawrence Frank into front-office role to assist Doc Rivers

    The Clippers are moving assistant coach Lawrence Frank into a front-office position to assist Doc Rivers, the team’s coach and president of basketball operations, with his decision-making responsibilities. Assistant coach Brendan O’Connor will take Frank’s spot on the bench after previously having...

  • James Harden and Russell Westbrook are latest NBA stars to opt out of Olympics

    James Harden and Russell Westbrook are latest NBA stars to opt out of Olympics

    NBA All-Star guards James Harden and Russell Westbrook have notified USA Basketball that they will not participate in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. They join NBA MVP Stephen Curry this week on a growing list of players, which includes the Clippers’ Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, who...

  • Clippers center Cole Aldrich declines player option

    Clippers center Cole Aldrich declines player option

    Clippers reserve center Cole Aldrich became the third player on the team to decline his player option, The Times has learned. Aldrich would have earned $1.2 million next season, but will instead become a free agent with hopes of returning to the Clippers, said an NBA official who was not authorized...

  • Clippers look at 6 players in pre-draft workout

    Clippers look at 6 players in pre-draft workout

    Not knowing where they will be drafted can be the toughest thing to deal with for prospective NBA players attending pre-draft workouts. So they all give their best, trying to showcase their talents. That’s what the six players who worked out for the Clippers on Wednesday hoped they were able to...

  • Meet Carl Lahr, the man who put the wind in the Clippers' sales

    Meet Carl Lahr, the man who put the wind in the Clippers' sales

    Carl Lahr sold for the Clippers during their darkest days — literally. When Lahr joined the team as a ticket salesman in San Diego in 1981, the folks who ran the San Diego Sports Arena wouldn’t turn on the lights during the day, so Lahr would have to show potential ticket-holders their seats in...

  • Clippers host six players for pre-draft workout

    Clippers host six players for pre-draft workout

    He has the exact first and last name of his more famous father, an NBA Hall of Famer who mean-mugged his way through 17 seasons. But Gary Payton II isn’t trying to let his dad’s name determine his fate. Payton seeks to make his own name, hoping his skills from playing at Oregon State and his talent...

  • NBA draft: Here's the best guess on how the first round will play out

    NBA draft: Here's the best guess on how the first round will play out

    The presumption across the NBA is that Ben Simmons from Louisiana State and Brandon Ingram from Duke are the best players in this year's draft and they are expected to go one-two to the Philadelphia 76ers and the Lakers. After that, it's a big guessing game because there are no obvious standouts...

  • Clippers host pre-draft workouts

    Clippers host pre-draft workouts

    None of the six players who had a pre-draft workout for the Clippers on Wednesday have any idea if they’ll be drafted in the first round, second round or at all. Most likely they are being considered as second-round picks by the Clippers and other teams, but they still wanted to show their talents...

  • L.A. sports teams' Class of 2015-16 gets a failing grade

    L.A. sports teams' Class of 2015-16 gets a failing grade

    Spring is waning, summer is coming, nine grueling months in a classroom are ending, and the annual questions have arrived. So, how was your school year? Pass some big tests? Take some cool field trips? Make some new friends? Learn anything? See the most-read stories in Sports this hour>> For Los...

  • Clippers confirm Blake Griffin will miss chance to play in Olympics

    Clippers confirm Blake Griffin will miss chance to play in Olympics

    The Clippers confirmed that Blake Griffin would not participate in the Olympics in August in Rio de Janeiro after undergoing a procedure last week to promote healing in his partially torn left quadriceps tendon. Griffin is expected to be ready for the start of training camp in the fall after receiving...

  • Clippers' Doc Rivers wants to retain core of team

    Clippers' Doc Rivers wants to retain core of team

    The Clippers may not need a new motto for next season. "Together We Will" would work again, provided they can stay together. Clippers Coach Doc Rivers, who will largely decide the fate of his roster as the team's president of basketball operations, said Monday he wanted as many of the team's free...

  • Doc Rivers shouldn't even think about breaking up Clippers' core

    Doc Rivers shouldn't even think about breaking up Clippers' core

    Don't do it, Doc Rivers. Don't even think about it. Well, you can ponder it if Oklahoma City General Manager Sam Presti calls and wants to talk about Kevin Durant for Blake Griffin as part of a sign-and-trade agreement that would make some sense for both the Clippers and the Thunder. Otherwise,...

  • Clippers' playoff epitaph is written in blood, but they showed plenty of heart in loss to Portland

    Clippers' playoff epitaph is written in blood, but they showed plenty of heart in loss to Portland

    Liquid courage oozed from Austin Rivers' face after a series he would rather forget ended in a night he'll always remember. There was the blood that seeped from cuts above and below his left eye, the result of an inadvertent elbow that smacked him midway through the first quarter. There was the...

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