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Clippings: The stage is set for Summer League

While the Clippers wait to fill out their L.A. roster, the crew for Las Vegas is ready to go.

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Santa Cruz Warriors v Agua Caliente Clippers Photo by Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images

The Clippers remain in a holding pattern this offseason, taking their time before committing to free agents — other than Nic Batum, who had more pressing matters at hand and couldn’t afford to wait.

That’s fine for the NBA roster, since training camp doesn’t start until late September. But Las Vegas Summer League is almost ready to tip off, and that means we have at least one finalized Clippers roster, even if there may be some late additions to this one.

Here are the players who will be suiting up for the Clippers during Summer League:

2021 LA Clippers Summer League Roster

Player Position Height Weight DOB College Years
Player Position Height Weight DOB College Years
Brandon Boston Jr. G 6'6 188 11/28/2001 Kentucky R
Amir Coffey G/F 6'7 210 6/17/1997 Minnesota 2
Lydell Elmore F 6’9 189 1/1/1998 High Point R
Jordan Ford G 6'1 175 5/26/1998 St. Mary's 1
Isaiah Hicks F 6'8 233 7/24/1994 North Carolina 4
Keon Johnson G 6'4 184 3/10/2002 Tennessee R
Daniel Oturu C 6'8 240 9/20/1999 Minnesota 1
Jason Preston G 6’4 187 8/10/1999 Ohio R
Kerwin Roach II G 6'4 180 10/24/1996 Texas 2
Jay Scrubb G 6'5 220 9/1/2000 John A. Logan 1
Kaleb Wesson F 6’10 252 7/27/1999 Ohio State 1

The obvious players are the 2020 and 2021 draft picks: Daniel Oturu, Jay Scrubb, Keon Johnson, and Jason Preston. BJ Boston is expected to join the team once the Clippers can officially buy the 51st pick in the draft; that transaction is still being held up until the legal completion of the New Orleans/Memphis trade that sent Jonas Valanciunas to the Pelicans.

Amir Coffey is a slightly surprising addition. He is a restricted free agent, and third-year players don’t often compete in Summer League. However, Coffey didn’t get this opportunity last year, and without a true G League season in 2020-21, he just needs the minutes.

Of the remaining five players, only Jordan Ford was a previous member of the Agua Caliente Clippers. Ford will not be joined by his former college teammate Malik Fitts, who earned a 10-day with the Clippers last year after playing in the G League bubble.

The Clippers are slated to play at least four games before the knockout stages of the Summer League. Mark your calendars:

  • Monday, Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. vs Milwaukee on ESPNU
  • Tuesday, Aug. 10 at 8 p.m. vs. Portland on ESPNU
  • Friday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. vs. Lakers on NBA TV
  • Sunday, Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. vs. Utah on ESPN2

The team will be coached by Jeremy Castleberry, who has been a Clippers assistant for the past two seasons and was the lone assistant to survive the transition from Doc Rivers to Ty Lue. Having Kawhi Leonard in your corner provides some job security. This is Castleberry’s first time as a head coach.

Enjoy your first looks at Johnson, Preston, and Boston. Clippers basketball is almost back.

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