Los Angeles Clippers Player News: All Positions

News: Zubac contributed 10 points (3-4 FG, 4-4 FT), eight rebounds, two blocks, and one steal in 20 minutes during Sunday's 118-100 preseason victory over Melbourne United.
Impact: Zubac came within two rebounds of a double-double Sunday, adding three defensive stats in the 18 point victory. Unlike JaMychal Green, Zubac is locked in for a consistent role and could have backend value depending on your team's needs. can provide blocks and rebounds, while shooting with decent efficiency from both the field and the free-throw line.
News: Green had just one point, three rebounds, and one steal in 16 minutes during Sunday's 118-100 preseason victory over Melbourne United.
Impact: You could be forgiven for thinking Green wasn't even on the floor Sunday as he managed just one point in 16 minutes. Green is likely to figure in the rotation on opening night but don't let that fool you. He has seen meaningful minutes throughout his career but has never established himself as a viable standard league option. Even with a last pick, there is almost certainly going to be someone there with more upside.
News: Robinson amassed 15 points (4-11 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 5-6 FT), five rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 32 minutes during Sunday's 118-100 preseason victory over Melbourne United.
Impact: Robinson played a team-high 32 minutes Sunday, finishing 15 points ding a pair of triples. He is getting plenty of run during the preseason and the coaching staff obviously want to see what they have in the second-year man out of Boston College. His recent play is likely garnering attention from all the right people and he could find himself in the rotation from opening night.
News: Harrell produced 22 points (8-14 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 6-9 FT), six rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block in 23 minutes during Sunday's 118-100 preseason victory over Melbourne United.
Impact: Harrell was too much for United big-men to handle, coming away with a game-high 22 points. Harrell is coming off a career-best season and will be looking to build on that momentum. He is likely to come off the bench behind Ivica Zubac once again but typically plays starter caliber minutes on most nights. The arrival of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George could impact Harrell's numbers on the offensive end, although he still figures to be a high-energy playerat both ends, worth considering in the later middle rounds.
News: Shamet suffered a wrist injury in Sunday's preseason game against Melbourne, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The injury is apparently minor, as Shamet insisted he was fine following the conclusion of Sunday's exhibition. But his status is still worth monitoring leading up to Thursday's preseason game against the Mavericks, especially since the Clippers already cancelled practice for Monday.
News: Beverley suffered a calf injury in Sunday's preseason game, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The details of Beverley's injury are unclear at this point, as it wasn't reported until after the conclusion of the exhibition that the point guard was dinged up. Consider him day-to-day, although the Clippers have cancelled Monday's practice.
News: Leonard will not play in Sunday's preseason game against Melbourne, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Leonard made his Clippers debut last week, but he'll sit Sunday's game out for rest purposes, as the team attempts to limit the strain on its best player during the preseason.
News: George (shoulder), according to coach Doc Rivers, "is not going to be here for the first 10 [games]," Mark Medina of USA Today reports.
Impact: A definitive timetable for George's return from double-shoulder surgery has yet to be announced, but it appears he might be out until Nov. 13 against Houston. Assuming that holds up, Lou Williams may have to carry additional minutes and scoring burden, while Mo Harkless and JaMychal Green could see an uptick in workload as well.
News: Leonard is not expected to participate in Sunday's preseason game against Melbourne, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: This shouldn't come as much of a surprise after Leonard played in Thursday's exhibition against the Nuggets, posting seven points (3-6 FG, 1-3 3Pt), six assists, one rebound and one steal across 11 minutes. The Clippers will likely continue playing it very safe with their star free-agent acquisition throughout the preseason.
News: Mann suffered a non-serious hamstring/hip injury during Saturday's practice which may keep him sidelined for Sunday's preseason action against Melbourne United, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Considering Sunday is an exhibition, the Clippers will play it safe with Mann. In three preseason appearances thus far, he's averaging 14.8 fantasy points across 24.7 minutes.
News: Beverley (rest) returned to practice Saturday, Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Beverley, who missed Thursday's tilt with the Nuggets due to rest, returned to practice Saturday. The rest was related to a minor back issue but everything appears to be resolved. Barring any setbacks, Beverly should play in Thursday's game against Dallas.
News: Zubac collected 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-2 FT), three rebounds and two assists across 14 minutes during the Clippers' 111-91 preseason loss to the Nuggets on Thursday.
Impact: Zubac ceded the start at center to Montrezl Harrell, who tallied a team-high 15 points and seven rebounds. However, Zubac was productive in his own right, with his point total pacing the second unit on the night. It remains to be seen which player head coach Doc Rivers will elect to go with as his starter to open the regular season, but Zubac is likely in for a relatively modest amount of minutes irrespective of where he ends up slotting on the depth chart.
News: Williams went for 13 points (4-6 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 4-5 FT), three rebounds, three assists and one steal across 15 minutes during the Clippers' 111-91 preseason loss to the Nuggets on Thursday.
Impact: Williams was razor sharp from the floor during his brief time on the court, generating his second 13-point effort in as many preseason games. The veteran sharpshooter looks set for another high-usage role off the bench to open the campaign, as he looks to put together his third straight season with at least 20 points per contest.
News: Harrell managed 15 points (7-16 FG, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, one assist and two steals across 24 minutes during the Clippers' 111-91 preseason loss to the Nuggets on Thursday.
Impact: Harrell drew the start at center over Ivica Zubac and parlayed the opportunity into team-high scoring and rebounding totals. The efficient production is a Harrell trademark, with the energetic big man willing himself into a bigger role in each of his first four pro seasons by usually making the most of his time on the floor. Harrell is currently positioned behind Zubac at center on the depth chart, but that slotting is likely to either be obsolete by the start of the regular season or irrelevant in the sense Harrell is likely to outpace his fellow big in minutes on the majority of nights.
News: Leonard (rest) posted seven points (3-6 FG, 1-3 3Pt), six assists, one rebound and one steal across 11 minutes during the Clippers' 111-91 preseason loss to the Nuggets on Thursday.
Impact: Leonard made his long-awaited debut in a Clippers uniform after initially being ruled out for rest purposes, although he played a first-unit-low amount of minutes. Coach Doc Rivers will be judicious with Leonard's usage during preseason for obvious reasons, but the perennial All-Star should see an uptick in minutes over remaining exhibitions.
News: McGruder (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Melbourne United, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
Impact: McGruder continues to battle back from a high ankle sprain, and he'll miss the next two contests as a result. He'll have a week to recover before his next chance to play Oct. 17 against Dallas.
News: Beverley won't play in Thursday's preseason game against the Nuggets for rest purposes, Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Beverly logged 12 minutes in Friday's preseason loss to Houston, so he'll get Thursday night off to rest. His next chance to take the court will come Oct. 17 against Dallas.
News: Leonard (rest) is expected to play in the first half of Thursday's preseason game against the Nuggets, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Leonard was initially listed as out due to rest purposes, but the Clippers will get him on the court for at least a few minutes in the first half to make sure he stays sharp.
News: Leonard won't play in Thursday's game against the Nuggets in order to rest, Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Leonard will miss a second-straight preseason game for rest purposes. The Clippers' have no need to rush their star and will likely exercise as much caution as possible due to Leonard's tenuous health history and relatively short offseason. There's a chance he plays in next Thursday's game against the Mavericks, though it wouldn't be overly surprising if Leonard missed that game as well.
News: McGruder has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Nuggets due to a right ankle spain, Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: McGruder appears to have tweaked his ankle during Wednesday's practice. It's unclear how severe the sprain is, but the three-year veteran has a whole week to recover and will have a good chance to return next Thursday against the Mavericks.
News: George (shoulder) will be limited to non-contact drills throughout training camp, Mark Medina of USA Today reports.
Impact: George was seen taking part in some spot shooting drills during Tuesday's practice, though it remains to be determined when the star will be given the green light to participate in contact work. As reported by Jovan Buha of The Athletic, the expectation is that George will be ready to return to game action in either late October or early November.
News: Shamet tallied three points (1-8 FG, 1-8 3Pt, 0-3 FT), eight assists, two rebounds, and one steal in 21 minutes during Sunday's c127-87 preseason victory over the Shanghai Sharks.
Impact: Shamet struggled to get anything going on the offensive end during Sunday's convincing victory. He hit just one of his eight shot attempts while missing three straight from the free-throw line. He did, however, add a team-high eight assists. This is something that could add to Shamet's overall value should he be able to consistently drop some dimes. He is primarily a three-point streaming option at this stage and would need to add to his production to have any real value.
News: Motley totaled 11 points (4-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT), seven rebounds, and one assist in 17 minutes during Sunday's 127-87 victory over the Shanghai Sharks.
Impact: Motley was impactful during Sunday's easy victory, doing his best Montrezl Harrell impression with a high energy performance. Motley is not going to be an every night part of the rotation barring an injury to one of either Harrell or Ivica Zubac.
News: Robinson finished with nine points (4-10 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 0-1 FT), eight assists, six rebounds, and one steal in 21 minutes during Sunday's 127-87 preseason victory over the Shanghai Sharks.
Impact: Robinson was the first man off the bench for the Clippers, coming within striking distance of a triple-double. Robinson was certainly im[ressive during his time on the floor but this is just the preseason after all. Should he somehow manage to carve out a sizeable enough role, he could be someone worth keeping an eye on. As of right now, however, only those in deeper formats should pay attention.
News: Harkless ended with 16 points (7-7 FG, 2-2 3Pt), three rebounds, two blocks, and one assist in 12 minutes during Sunday's 127-87 preseason victory over the Shanghai Sharks.
Impact: Harkless hit all seven of his shot attempts on the way to a team-best 16 points Sunday. This game was a blowout meaning the minutes were all over the place. Harkless could have patches of backend standard league value this season but it is all dependant on other players resting. He is more of a defensive specialist in any case and is only worth monitoring from afar at this stage.
News: Leonard was a full participant in Saturday's practice, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Clippers held Leonard out of Friday's preseason action against the Rockets, but the star forward was back in action during Saturday's practice. It remains to be seen if he'll participate the Clippers' next preseason contest.
News: Beverley failed to score, ending with six rebounds, two assists, and one block in just 12 minutes during Friday's 109-96 preseason loss to Houston.
Impact: Beverley played only 12 minutes on Friday, not even attempting a single field-goal. His role appears set despite the effort, likely to be the starting point guard. He is a player you can probably snag with a last round pick in most standard formats. There is value to be had there with Beverely typically a player that flies under the radar.
News: Zubac contributed 10 points (4-5 FG 2-4 FT), five rebounds, and two blocks in 18 minutes during Friday's 109-96 preseason loss to the Rockets.
Impact: Zubac started at center Friday, a role he looks set to hold onto heading into the regular season. Much like last season, Zubac will run with the starters but is likely to see fewer minutes that Montrezl Harrell. Zubac is by no means a must-roster player in anything but a deeper league but could be a hot waiver-wire player given his rebounding numbers and typically high-efficiency.
News: Mann totaled eight points (3-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT), nine rebounds, and four assists in 25 minutes during Friday's 109-96 preseason loss to Houston.
Impact: Mann was excellent for the Clippers despite a few rookie mistakes during Friday's loss. He played as the backup point guard and certainly held his own on both ends of the floor. He brings plenty of size and can produce out of position rebounds whilst defending multiple positions. He is a long way from being a standard league player but could be worth keeping an eye on in deeper formats in case he can establish a regular role.
News: Harrell compiled 17 points (5-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 7-10 FT), six rebounds, three assists, and two blocks in 24 minutes during Friday's 109-96 preseason loss to the Rockets.
Impact: Harrell filled his normal role as the backup center but as expected, saw more court time than starter Ivica Zubac. This is likely to be the case moving forward much as it has been over the past couple of seasons. Harrell has been sliding in drafts due to the upgrade in talent around him. His numbers could take a small hit across the season, however, his playing time is all but assured and he is still worthy of a pick in the middle to late rounds in most formats.
News: Leonard will be held out of Friday's preseason game against Houston for rest purposes, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Unsurprisingly, the Clippers have been taking it easy with Lenoard early in training camp, and he'll be held out Thursday evening in his team's first preseason action. His next chance to take the court in the preseason will come Oct. 10 against Denver.
News: McGruder has been scrimmaging with the Clippers' first unit in recent practices, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
Impact: This isn't an indication of anything concrete, though if Paul George misses time to begin the season, as expected, McGruder could be in line for increased minutes, especially with smaller lineups. Both George and Kawhi Leonard have been held out of recent scrimmages, and it's been Moe Harkelss joining McGruder in the frontcourt.
News: Leonard went through part of the scrimmage portion of Wednesday's practice, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Leonard had been limited in recent days, and while he was only allowed to take part in some of Wednesday's contact drills, this still represents a step in the right direction. The Clippers are expected to continue monitoring Leonard's workload throughout the preseason, and it's unclear just how aggressive the team will be when it comes to resting him during the regular season. When asked Wednesday about his plan for the rest of training camp, Leonard said he'll continue to manage his workload on a day-by-day basis. "Just taking it day by day and just working things out, really," Leonard said. "Everything is going great right now. I just don't want to push it over the top or go on an uphill incline right now with this being my first three days."
News: George (shoulder) said Monday that he's feeling "85 to 90 percent" healthy as training camp gets underway, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
Impact: While George said he's "close" and "happy with where [he's] at," he'll still be limited to begin camp, and the expectation remains that he'll return sometime in late October or early November. "As far as my health, I'm pretty good," George said. "I'll be in camp starting this week. Nothing contact, but all the five-on-zero stuff, all the scripted stuff, I'll be a part of." The All-Star is recovering from a pair of offseason shoulder surgeries, and he's not expected to play at all during the preseason. If he were to sit out the entire month of October, George would miss at least the first six contests of the regular season.
News: Leonard is not expected to play in the Clippers' first two preseason contests, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN reports.
Impact: No surprise here, as the Clippers will do everything they can to limit the early strain on Leonard, who missed 22 regular season contests a year ago. While Doc Rivers didn't go as far as to officially rule Leonard out, it sounds as though he'll sit Thursday night against the Rockets and Sunday night against the Shanghai Sharks before a potential debut on Oct. 10, when the Clippers host the Nuggets at Staples Center.
News: George (shoulders) was able to take part in some 5-on-0 drills during the Clippers' training-camp practice Monday, Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: George's ability to take part in some on-court work can be viewed as a positive sign, but until he receives clearance for full-contact work, the Clippers are unlikely to provide a target date for his season debut. After George underwent offseason surgery on both his shoulders before being acquired in a blockbuster deal in July, the Clippers are seemingly inclined to take a cautious approach with the superstar forward. For what it's worth, George told Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com over the weekend that he'll sit out the Clippers' entire preseason slate and is eyeing a return to action at some point in November.
News: Zubac said Sunday that he plans to show off his expanded shooting range this season, Tomer Azarly of Clutch Points reports. "I'll be shooting more three-pointers this year," Zubac said. "I've been working on my shot all summer."
Impact: Zubac is far from the first big man to make this claim, but if he can, indeed, be a threat from beyond the arc, it would only help his fantasy value. The 22-year-old has only attempted four three-pointers in 140 career games, and all four of those came as a member of the Lakers during his first two seasons in the league.
News: Leonard said Sunday that while he doesn't have a firm load management plan, he's feeling "way better than I was at the start of last season," Mark Medina of USA Today reports.
Impact: Both Leonard and the Clippers have made it clear that they don't have an official plan in place to manage Leonard's workload, but the hope -- at least for fantasy owners -- is that the superstar will have a less-restrictive schedule in 2019-20. Leonard was limited to 60 games in the regular season for Toronto, though at this time last year, he was coming off of a mysterious quad injury that kept him out for all but nine games in 2017-18. In all likelihood, Leonard will get a handful of nights off throughout the year, but the general feeling is that he won't be rested for 20-plus games again.
News: George (shoulder) will be held out of the entirety of the Clippers' training camp and preseason schedule and said he's hopeful to make his team debut at some point in November, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reports.
Impact: This isn't exactly surprising news, but the Clippers haven't said much about George's recovery from a pair of offseason shoulder surgeries, so confirmation that he'll remain on the shelf for at least a few more weeks is an interesting development. Specifically, George told Shelburne that he hopes to be back on the floor "November-ish," which would imply that the All-Star forward is planning to miss at least the first week of the regular season. The Clippers tip off the season on Oct. 22 against the Lakers and play six games before the end of October.
News: George is yet to be cleared for full contact, but he's been frequently working out at the Clippers' facility, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
Impact: While recent evidence via Instagram would imply George is making great progress following dual shoulder surgeries this offseason, the team is yet to provide a timetable, and it's still very much unclear if he's on course to miss any time to begin the regular season. "We don't talk about timetables," president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank said Monday. "We leave it up to our medical people to determine that." George, who signed with the Clippers as a free agent this summer, has been lifting weights and going through individual drills in recent weeks, and Buha notes that he's even been returning to the facility for late-night workouts with Kawhi Leonard and Lou Williams. "He's made great progress," Frank acknowledged. "He works his tail off. He's been terrific. We have a great performance, health and wellness staff. ... We put it in their hands. He works extremely hard. He's extremely excited and motivated. I'm sure you guys have seen some of the stuff that's been posted. He gets after it." Those are encouraging words from Frank, but until the team says otherwise, George should be considered very much questionable for the season-opener on Oct. 22 against the Lakers.
News: Clippers' coach Doc Rivers said Monday that the team will handle Leonard's workload on a day-to-day basis, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Neither the team nor Leonard has clearly stated whether there's a firm plan in place, but Leonard implied back in July that his status will be based on how he feels as the season progresses. Rivers noted that Leonard is healthier now than he was at the beginning of last season, and he reminded reporters that Leonard's heavy rest schedule in Toronto may have been a byproduct of a lengthy injury layoff. "That'll be played out by smarter guys than me," Rivers said of Leonard's rest. "I think you forget with Kawhi that he hadn't played in two years last year. That was his first time playing basketball in two years. So, obviously, it was a more aggressive load management plan." Rivers did not divulge any further information regarding Leonard, but Buha speculates that "all signs point to [the Clippers] occasionally resting [Leonard] at a rate far lower than last season."
News: Grantham has agreed to an Exhibit 10 contract with the Clippers, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Grantham will compete for a final roster spot, but if he doesn't make it, there's a solid chance he ends up in the G League. He spent most of last season there with the Thunder's affiliate, averaging 10.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.1 steals in 26.5 minutes.
News: Larrier signed a training camp deal with the Clippers on Saturday, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Larrier is yet to play in an NBA game, and he most recently played for the Spurs in summer league. He spent the early portion of the offseason last year with the Mavericks before suffering a knee injury and being waived. He should be considered a long shot to make Los Angeles' final roster.
News: Patterson agreed Thursday with the Clippers on a one-year, $2.3 million contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Shortly after word surfaced that Patterson and the Thunder were working toward a buyout earlier this month, the Clippers emerged as the overwhelming favorite to land the 30-year-old power forward. Unsurprisingly, he'll fill one of the two remaining spots open on the Clippers' roster, signing with the team for the veteran minimum. After averaging just 13.7 minutes per game in 63 appearances with Oklahoma City in 2018-19, Patterson isn't expected to see his role grow while moving to a club with legitimate title aspirations.
News: It remains unclear whether George (shoulder) will be available to begin the regular season, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
Impact: George underwent surgery on both shoulders during the offseason, and while his camp is yet to comment on his recovery, it's being speculated that the forward could end up missing time to begin the year. Buha notes that, in his opinion, the best-case scenario is still that George is ready for opening night (Oct. 22), but it's entirely possible that his recovery drags into the month of November. With their eyes on a title, the Clippers won't push George to return before he's 100 percent healthy, so it does seem rather likely that he could be limited through the first few weeks of the regular season.
News: Palmer officially signed his Exhibit 10 contract with the Clippers on Friday, Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: News emerged in late July that Palmer was expected to sign with the Clippers, but everything was made official Friday. The former Nebraska guard showed off his scoring upside during summer League, averaging 14.0 points on 43.6 percent shooting in four games with the Suns. He'll hope to take that into training camp in order to earn a final roster spot.
News: Palmer is expected to sign an Exhibit 10 contract with the Clippers, Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: The former Nebraska guard showed off his scoring ability during 2019 Summer League, averaging 14.0 points on 43.6 percent shooting in four games with the Suns. He'll hope to take that into Clippers' training camp in order to earn a roster spot.
News: Walton has signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Clippers, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Walton spent last season overseas with ALBA Berlin of the German BBL and Zalgiris of the Lithuanian LKL. Altogether, he drew 18 starts across 56 appearances, averaging 7.3 points, 3.9 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 17.5 minutes. Most recently, he appeared in four games for the Clippers during the 2019 Summer League, totaling 15 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, three steals and a block in 53 minutes. LA has opted to bring Walton into camp, and he'll attempt to secure a roster spot.
News: George said Wednesday that there's "no set date" for him to make his Clippers debut while he recovers from offseason surgeries on both shoulders, Ben Golliver of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: Though he turned in the best season of his career in 2018-19, George faded down the stretch while playing through a sore right shoulder. Shortly after the Thunder were eliminated from the playoffs in late April, George underwent a procedure to repair a partially torn tendon in the rotator cuff of his right shoulder, then went under the knife again a month later to repair the labrum in his left shoulder. The pair of surgeries didn't deter the Clippers from swooping in to acquire George earlier this month, even with the knowledge that his availability for the start of the regular season could be in question. Further clarity on where exactly George stands in his recovery may not come until the Clippers hold training camp, but the potential of him missing multiple games early in the season could make the forward one of the riskier first- or second-round selections in fantasy drafts.
News: Motley has re-signed with the Clippers on a two-way contract, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Motley played the majority of his NBA minutes in garbage time, but his G-League showing last season was enough to show he has promise. Given the influx of star power on the Clippers' roster, it would still be surprising if Motley saw significant minutes barring a barrage of injuries.