Let’s get the big news out of the way first: Kawhi Leonard didn’t travel with the L.A. Clippers Wednesday.
But don’t panic — he’s only set to miss a few days and eventually rejoin the team in Orlando.
Leonard reportedly got permission from the Clippers to address an undisclosed “family matter,” and is still expected to play when the Clippers restart their season July 30 against the Lakers.
So ... deep breath. The initial half of that report sounds scary from a basketball perspective but for now, it does not appear to be any concern.
More news for Thursday:
- (The rest of the) Clippers (minus Landry Shamet) arrive: The rest of the team did arrive in Orlando late Wednesday night, as scheduled. Landry Shamet, of course, is staying home for now after testing positive for coronavirus. And of note: Lou Williams was on the plane, because he is pictured below.
- Anniversary of DJ free agency caper: Sabreena has a terrific story to mark five years passing since DeAndre Jordan signed with the Mavericks ... no, wait, he didn’t because the Clippers begged and possibly kidnapped him out of it. Or not at all.
- Crawford signs with Nets: Former Clippers guard Jamal Crawford has reportedly signed with the Brooklyn Nets. The 40-year-old hadn’t previously played this season, but with Brooklyn desperate for bodies, he’ll get some run.
- One question for each Clipper: Jovan Buha has a thought-provoking question for each top Clippers contributor over at The Athletic.
- ... And a bunch of questions for the NBA: The Ringer asks a slew of big questions about teams other than the Clippers, if you’re looking at the lay of the land.
- Imagine the Incredible Clippers: Check out our post of who Clips Nation would draft for the Clippers if they could bring in a Disney character, being in Orlando and all.