NBA rumors: Clippers 'knew nothing' about LA Kawhi Leonard billboards


NBA rumors: Clippers 'knew nothing' about LA Kawhi Leonard billboards

Calling the Los Angeles Clippers' reported interest in pending free agent Kawhi Leonard an "open secret" would be an insult to secrets. 

Coach Doc Rivers was fined by the NBA for comparing Leonard to Michael Jordan on television last month, and the Clippers reportedly looked into buying the rights to Leonard's logo from Nike as part of their free agency pitch. They even hired Lee Jenkins, a former reporter whom many would argue wrote the definitive Kawhi Leonard feature story at Sports Illustrated, as their executive director of research and identity. 

So when two digital billboards popped up in Los Angeles, pitching the Southern California-born-and-raised superstar on joining LA's other team, it would have been fair to assume the Clippers put up the ads themselves. But ESPN, citing a Clippers source speaking with reporter Ohm Youngmisuk, reported Monday that "the Clippers knew nothing" about the billboards.

On Sunday, Yahoo's Chris Haynes reported that Leonard would become a free agent and decline his player option with the Raptors for next season. But, Haynes reported that Leonard is "seriously considering" re-signing in Toronto. The Warriors have to hope that's the case, considering Leonard just showed them what he can do at the peak of his powers.

[RELATED: Durant reportedly upset with Warriors ahead of free agency]

Leonard and the Raptors ended the Warriors' season with a six-game NBA Finals win. The 27-year-old averaged 28.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game during The Finals, winning his second Finals MVP award moments after closing down Oracle Arena for good. 

Whether or not Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant return healthy -- or return at all -- next season, the Warriors would have (at least) four annual reminders of Leonard's Finals performance if he joins the Clippers. That's surely exactly what whomever paid for the billboards wants to see.

Warriors vs. Lakers live stream: How to watch NBA preseason game


Warriors vs. Lakers live stream: How to watch NBA preseason game

It seems like we’ve been here before.

The Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers will match up for the third time this preseason Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

The two clubs played just two days ago at Staples Center, with the Lakers coming out on top with a 104-98 win.

Steph Curry will not play in the penultimate preseason game for Golden State, and forward Omari Spellman also will sit after a tweaked back suffered in Monday night’s loss.

Anthony Davis, who missed Monday’s game, is expected to suit up for Los Angeles.

[RELATED: How Steph plans to stay healthy through heavy workload]

Here’s how you can watch Warriors-Lakers online and on TV:

When: Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m.
TV Channel: ESPN
Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Steve Kerr jokes with Klay Thompson about redshirt year with Warriors

Steve Kerr jokes with Klay Thompson about redshirt year with Warriors

Now this is the kind of content you are here for.

Steve Kerr spoke to reporters after shootaround Wednesday morning. And as he saw guard Klay Thompson walking nearby, the Warriors coach busted out the jokes.

"Klay, we don't really need at all," Kerr said.

After Thompson responded with "redshirt season," Kerr seized the opportunity to roast the two-time All-NBA selection.

"We're redshirting him, trying to get him bigger and stronger. Get him used to campus life. Academically, he's got a ways to go ..."

Klay is rehabbing his torn left ACL, and will be sidelined until at least the All-Star break.

It's possible that the five-time All-Star misses the whole season, hence the "redshirt" reference.

[RELATEDDubs' Spellman out for tonight's preseason game at Lakers]

But the Warriors sure hope that doesn't become the reality and Klay is able to come back at the end of the regular season for a playoff push.

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