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Report: Clippers sign Luc Mbah a Moute for one-year, $4.3 million


Houston’s defense got a little worse.

Last season they leaned on the versatility and switchability of Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute on the wings to counter teams such as the Warriors. In the opening hours of free agency, Ariza grabbed the cash — $15 million worth — and signed with the Phoenix Suns.

Now Mbah-a-Moute is gone, too. He’s going back to the Clippers reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Carmelo Anthony signing with the Rockets is almost a certainty at this point.

The Rockets defense was 4.3 points per 100 possessions better last season when Mbah a Moute was on the court. He also shot 36.4 percent from three on his way to 7.5 points a night, although he did miss 21 regular season games plus some of the playoffs due to injury. He was a good fit as a role player on a contender.

He will be tough to replace.

As for the Clippers, they have some potential at the forward spot. Danilo Gallinari and Tobias Harris will start, with Mbah a Moute, Montrezl Harrell (once he is re-signed), Wes Johnson, and Sam Dekker off the bench. Overall the Clippers have a roster that can compete for a playoff spot, but it needs to stay healthy (something they could not do last season), and even then it will not be easy in the ring of fire that is the Western Conference.

Report: Clippers signing Mike Scott

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The Wizards keep seeing their bigs go to the Clippers.

First, Washington traded Marcin Gortat to L.A. Now, Mike Scott is following.

The Wizards are rebounding with Thomas Bryant from Los Angeles (though the Lakers).

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

The Clippers have a pair of better combo forwards in Tobias Harris and Danilo Gallinari, but Scott should figure into the rotation as a stretch four. He revived his career in Washington last year. I’m curious how much he’ll earn.

Bryant will count less toward the luxury tax if he sticks. His salary is still unguaranteed for a few more days, but he hasn’t proven he belongs on an NBA team. If the Wizards keep him, it’s on a flier.

Hornets, Clippers swap Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Miles Bridges

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The Los Angeles Clippers were trying to make a deal in the days leading up to the 2018 NBA Draft for the Nos. 12 and 13 overall picks.

On Thursday, the Clippers finally pulled the trigger.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Los Angeles will send the 12th pick and two second-rounders to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Via Twitter:

Gilgeous-Alexander was selected with the 11th pick by Charlotte just moments before we got wind of the trade via social media. Meanwhile, the Clippers selected Miles Bridges with the 12th pick and will ship him to North Carolina.

Gilgeous-Alexander is a 6.6 guard who played one year for the Kentucky Wildcats under coach John Calipari. Gilgeous-Alexander averaged 14.4 points and 5.1 assists for UK last season, and will be part of an effort to perhaps bolster Charlotte in the event Kemba Walker is traded or leaves after his contract ends in 2018-19.

Bridges was a two-year starter at Michigan State for Tom Izzo, scoring 17.1 points per game as a sophomore while adding seven rebounds and 2.7 assists. He measures 6-foot-7 and 230 pounds, and there’s lots of guard minutes that are up in the air in LA. This Clippers squad also has Danilo Gallinari and Tobias Harris filling wing-type roles, where we could see Bridges get minutes as Doc Rivers plays with his rotation.

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Clippers extend contract of coach Doc Rivers

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While not many people were noticing, Doc Rivers did arguably his best coaching job since coming to Los Angeles this season. Chris Paul forced his way to Houston before the season, then during it Blake Griffin was shipped off to Detroit. Then there were the injuries to Patrick Beverley and Danilo Gallinari, two players expected to be key contributors who played a combined 32 games. The offense too often felt like Lou Williams vs. The World, yet the Clippers finished above .500 (42-40) and pushed for a playoff spot until the final days of the regular season.

The Clippers noticed what a good job he did, and how well he handled things after losing his GM powers to Lawrence Frank. That’s why they have rewarded him with a contract extension (the details of which are not yet public).

“I am proud of the success we have had here over the last five seasons, but there is more work to be done,” said Rivers in a statement released by the team. “We are coming off a year where our team battled through many challenges and much adversity, proving deep talent and even greater potential. I am looking forward to getting back to work on the court to develop our players and compete with the NBA’s elite.”

“Doc is one of the top coaches in the NBA, coming off one of his finest seasons since joining the Clippers,” Clippers’ owner Steve Ballmer said in a statement. “We trust Doc to lead a competitive, tough, hard-working team while upholding a culture of accountability expected to resonate throughout the organization.”

Rivers was entering the final year of his contract, and neither side wanted him to be in a lame duck status.

For a Clippers franchise in transition, this is a stabilizing move. CP3 and Griffin are gone, DeAndre Jordan can be a free agent this summer, and Los Angeles has some big-picture questions about the direction to take the team it needs to answer. Unlike in Boston, Rivers is going to stick around for this restructuring.

Plus, this is good for Rivers, who makes no secret of the fact he likes living in Los Angeles. He has a comfort level with the city and the organization. Rivers likely took a healthy pay cut from the more than $10 million a year he was getting to be coach and GM, but it’s still good money and an organization he likes. So he is sticking around.

Report: Clippers deep in contract extension talks with Doc Rivers

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Doc Rivers did arguably his best coaching job since coming to Los Angeles this season. This was a team that lost Chris Paul the previous summer, was racked by injuries — Patrick Beverley and Danilo Gallinari were at the top of the list — and then traded Blake Griffin midway through the season. Still, behind a big season from Lou Williams, the Clippers pushed for a playoff spot until the final days of the regular season.

Change is coming to the Clippers. Whether they do it around a re-signed DeAndre Jordan or without him, the Clippers have some work to do with their roster. Is this be a remodel or a rebuild?

It looks as if Doc Rivers will be around either way.

After Rivers did not stick around for the rebuild in Boston and came to Los Angeles, there was an assumption in some quarters that would happen again this summer and he would end his run as the Clippers’ coach. Especially after Rivers was stripped of his GM powers, which now reside with Lawrence Frank.

Nope. The Clippers are close to reaching an extension with Rivers before he enters the fifth and final year of his existing contract. From Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times.

Although nothing has been made official, all indications are that Rivers and Ballmer have reached an agreement on a multiyear extension that will keep Rivers here for a remodeling job that will begin soon…

Neither Rivers nor the Clippers would comment on his contract, but both have been saying nice things about each other.

This would be a good, stabilizing move for the Clippers organization. And even under owner Steve Ballmer, stabilizing moves are something the Clipper organization needs more of.

Rivers likes living in Los Angeles, is happy with the organization and feels comfortable, and if this is where he wants to be the Clippers will be happy to keep him. Rivers is not going to make the ballpark $10 million a year he was getting to just be the coach, there will be a bit of a paycut, but he’s going to make the money a coach of his stature should receive.

And it looks like he will stay with the Clippers.