Kevin Durant’s anti-social comments are a boon for NBA’s social media frenzy |Sep 19, 2017

Intriguing, suspenseful and Santa Claus-fat with jolly surprises. The NBA was all those things and more this summer. All those things and more, unfortunately, soon to be set aside, the league again insisting on dulling things down by playing actual basketball games.

Clippers to hire Michael Winger as new GM, Trent Redden as assistant |Aug 23, 2017

The Clippers’ executive suite was once a lonely place, particularly during the ham-handed ownership of Donald T. Sterling. That’s all changed since Steve Ballmer initiated a restructuring of the team’s front office this summer, altering roles and hiring new people.

Lakers’ Magic Johnson at center of NBA probe into Paul George tampering |Aug 20, 2017

The possibility of impermissible contact between Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and four-time All-Star Paul George is at the heart of an NBA probe into possible tampering, according to an ESPN report.

Clippers schedule: Chris Paul makes his Staples Center homecoming Jan. 15 |Aug 14, 2017

Circle the date Jan. 15, 2018, in red ink. That’s when Chris Paul makes his Staples Center return to face the Clippers for the first time since they traded him to the Houston Rockets earlier this summer for a package of players that included fellow guard Patrick Beverley.

Clippers unveil new uniforms with slight differences |Aug 11, 2017

The Clippers unveiled their new uniforms Friday and, at first glance, they looked pretty much like their old ones. The Nike logo on the jersey and shorts was the biggest change, after the sneaker and apparel company’s new eight-year contract to outfit NBA teams started for the 2017-18 season.

NBA’s Zach Randolph of Sacramento Kings arrested in Watts in connection with marijuana possession for sale |Aug 10, 2017

NBA star Zach Randolph of the Sacramento Kings was one of two people arrested Wednesday night while a crowd formed in the Nickerson Gardens housing project in Watts and vandalized six police cars. 36-year-old Randolph, a former Los Angeles Clipper, was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession and intent to sell, said LAPD Officer Drake Madison.

Lonzo Ball will make Lakers debut Oct. 19 vs. Clippers |Aug 10, 2017

Lonzo Ball will make his NBA debut when the Lakers and Clippers renew their Hallway Series rivalry in a season-opening matchup on Thursday, Oct. 19 at Staples Center, the league announced Thursday afternoon.

Ontario rolls out welcome mat for Clippers |Aug 7, 2017

ONTARIO >> The first step for the Clippers’ new G-League team, the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario, was to introduce themselves to the community with its Tip-off Party on Monday. Mayor Paul S.

Clippers’ Willie Reed jailed on misdemeanor battery charge in Miami |Aug 6, 2017

Willie Reed, a backup center who signed a one-season, $1.5 million contract with the Clippers last week, was arrested early Sunday morning in Miami on a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from an alleged domestic-violence incident, according to multiple reports.

Clippers’ Doc Rivers leaving front-office role to focus on coaching |Aug 4, 2017

The Clippers’ summer renovation continued Friday, when the team announced Doc Rivers would leave his front-office role to focus strictly on his coaching duties and Lawrence Frank would become the head of basketball operations.

Chris Paul, James Harden team up at historic night for Drew League |Jul 31, 2017

WATTS – The line snaked around King-Drew Magnet school as early as 8 a.m. on Sunday. Nearly 10 hours later, over 1,500 people filled the gym. About 500 people were left standing outside eager to catch a glimpse.

Hoffarth: How did L.A. escape a Rose garden full of thorns? |Jul 28, 2017

Can we all count our blessings – Lakers, Clippers, every other living soul in Los Angeles – that the derelict Derrick Rose just said no to whatever paradise we had to offer and took whatever is left of his uniquely odd talents to Cleveland? The marginalized one-time NBA MVP, a 28-year-old injury-prone guard with a body of work littered with questionable decision-making at every jerk of his bad knees, apparently met with the Lakers for three hours last week to determine if there was any mutual admiration.

Report: Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving request a trade |Jul 21, 2017

Kyrie Irving wants the stage for himself. Cleveland’s All-Star point guard has asked the Cavaliers to trade him, two people familiar with the situation told the Associated Press on Friday.

Why J.J. Redick left the Clippers for the 76ers |Jul 20, 2017

J.J. Redick knew his days with the Clippers were numbered last summer, when they signed fellow shooting guards Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers to new contracts. Lawrence Frank, the Clippers’ vice president of basketball operations, confirmed it during a phone call June 29.

Blake Griffin says re-signing with the Clippers was a ‘no-brainer’ |Jul 19, 2017

PLAYA VISTA >> Blake Griffin said he didn’t want to waste anyone else’s time. He said he didn’t want to be wooed by others. He said he still wanted to be the Clippers’ starting power forward.

Forum owners move to block LA Clippers arena, claim Inglewood mayor deceived them |Jul 19, 2017

Owners of The Forum concert venue filed a claim for damages Wednesday against the city of Inglewood for quietly entering into a deal to build a new Los Angeles Clippers arena just down the street. The Madison Square Garden Co.

Whicker: Clippers are a mystery inside an enigma wrapped around Blake Griffin |Jul 19, 2017

PLAYA VISTA >> Doc Rivers has it in his coaching notes: “Blake should be a point man from the elbow.” Put Blake Griffin on the side of the lane, put all the other Clippers in motion, make the defense scatter, and let the most versatile power forward in the NBA run his own version of the Oklahoma triple option.

Lou Williams back in L.A. with Clippers after ‘bad breakup’ with Rockets |Jul 18, 2017

PLAYA VISTA >> Lou Williams was out of L.A. for barely four months, enough time to move out of a Marina Del Rey apartment, move all of his possessions to Houston and get bounced in the second round of the playoffs.

New Clippers point guard Patrick Beverley: ‘I am not Chris Paul’ |Jul 18, 2017

PLAYA VISTA >> Patrick Beverley wished to make one thing perfectly clear Tuesday morning. “I am not Chris Paul,” he said forcefully. Same position. Similar size. Not the same player.

Whicker: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is another hot spot in Lakers’ summer of love |Jul 18, 2017

EL SEGUNDO >> He’s here because he won over Earvin Johnson. Both of them, actually. “He’s my favorite Piston,” Earvin Johnson Sr. told his son. “You need to go get him.

Miller: Chris Paul’s Clipper prominence glaring in his absence |Jul 18, 2017

PLAYA VISTA >> They formally introduced six of their new faces Tuesday, the Clippers moving forward mostly because they have no other choice. Basketball doesn’t only have a shot clock to ensure the action keeps coming.

Pelicans agree to terms with guard Rajon Rondo |Jul 15, 2017

Rondo to Pelicans The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed in principle on a one-year deal with free-agent point guard Rajon Rondo, according to a source. The terms are still being finalized, but Rondo is expected to sign his contract next week.

Clippers lose Summer League finale to Warriors |Jul 14, 2017

LAS VEGAS >> The Clippers finished NBA Summer League play with a two-game losing streak, falling 109-100 to the Golden State Warriors in a consolation game on Friday afternoon at Thomas & Mack Center.

Clippers lose to Heat in Summer League tournament |Jul 13, 2017

LAS VEGAS >> Second-year big man Brice Johnson had 13 points and six rebounds, but the Clippers lost to the Miami Heat, 91-84, in a round-of-16 game of the NBA Summer League tournament on Thursday afternoon at Thomas & Mack Center.

New York Knicks promotes Steve Mills, hires Scott Perry |Jul 13, 2017

The New York Knicks promoted Steve Mills to president and hired Scott Perry as general manager, a person with knowledge of the details told the AP. Mills takes over the position left vacant by Phil Jackson’s departure last month, the person told the AP on Thursday.

Despite losing Chris Paul, Doc Rivers optimistic about Clippers’ future |Jul 10, 2017

LAS VEGAS >> The Clippers lost Chris Paul, an All-Star player who helped the franchise morph from a punch line into a playoff-caliber team and converted at least some previously indifferent Angelenos into fervent followers of “Lob City.

Clippers sign point guard Milos Teodosic |Jul 10, 2017

The Clippers officially added star European point guard Milos Teodosic on Monday, signing the 30-year-old to a contract that a source last week said was worth $12.3 million over two years, with a player option in the second year.

Phil Jackson ouster paves way for Tim Hardaway Jr. deal |Jul 10, 2017

Tim Hardaway Jr. thought that with Phil Jackson gone, maybe there was a chance someday he could come back to New York. Even he was surprised it was this soon. With Jackson and his triangle offense gone, the Knicks reached back to their past to sign Hardaway, a former first-round pick who didn’t fit under Jackson but they hope can flourish without him.

How Danilo Gallinari gives Clippers more versatility |Jul 8, 2017

LAS VEGAS >> The highlight reels played endlessly on the television monitors, providing yet another reminder on why the Clippers coveted forward Danilo Gallinari. Coach Doc Rivers said “we’ve been after (Gallinari) for two years,” and the Clippers finally received their wish.

James Harden receives record deal from Rockets |Jul 8, 2017

The Beard has the richest contract in NBA history. The Houston Rockets signed guard James Harden to a four-year contract extension for about $160 million Saturday, giving him a total six-year deal with $228 million guaranteed.

Hawks waive Jamal Crawford |Jul 7, 2017

The Atlanta Hawks have waived former Clipper Jamal Crawford after agreeing to a buyout of his contract. The Hawks acquired the three-time Sixth Man of the Year from the Clippers on Thursday in a three-team trade that included Denver.

Clippers sign PG Milos Teodosic to two-year, $12.3-million deal |Jul 6, 2017

Lob City could be alive and well, after all. Chris Paul’s possible replacement is a 30-year-old Serbian point guard who has never played a game in the NBA, but possesses the dazzling passing and ball-handling skills that could keep the Clippers’ high-wire act going strong.

Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks work out deal to keep veteran |Jul 6, 2017

Dirk Nowitzki has a deal with the Dallas Mavericks that sets him up to join Kobe Bryant as the only players to spend 20 seasons with one NBA franchise. Nowitzki and the Mavericks have agreed on a two-year, $10 million contract that carries a team option in the second season, a person with knowledge of the deal said Thursday on condition of anonymity because a deal hasn’t been announced.

Dion Waiters, Miami Heat agree to four-year deal |Jul 5, 2017

Dion Waiters, 25, bet on himself last season, and it paid off. Waiters and the Miami Heat agreed on a four-year deal, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. The deal is worth a maximum of $52 million, provided all incentives are met, said the person who spoke Wednesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because nothing can be finalized until at least today under league rules.

Free agent Derrick Rose, Clippers meet |Jul 5, 2017

Derrick Rose is far from the player he was when he was winning the league’s Most Valuable Player award, starting in All-Star Games and establishing himself as one of the best point guards in the NBA.

Clippers close to acquiring Danilo Gallinari in three-team sign-and-trade deal with Nuggets, Hawks |Jul 4, 2017

When Chris Paul bolted for Houston, the general sentiment around the NBA was he slammed the franchise’s championship window on his way out. But then the Clippers coaxed Blake Griffin to stay on a maximum contract, and on Monday night, the Clippers were close to another free agency win, finalizing a three-team sign-and-trade deal that would net Denver’s leading scorer last season, forward Danilo Gallinari.

Jamal Crawford eyes move to Lakers if Clippers trade |Jul 4, 2017

Career sixth man Jamal Crawford has strong interest in remaining in Los Angeles and signing with the Lakers if a proposed three-team trade that would send him from the Clippers to the Atlanta Hawks goes through, a source said Tuesday.

Derrick Rose expected to meet with Clippers Wednesday |Jul 4, 2017

Next up for the Clippers in the wildest week of the Doc Rivers era? How about adding a former Most Valuable Player? The Clippers are scheduled to meet with Derrick Rose on Wednesday as they continue their efforts salvage a summer that will long be defined more by who left, Chris Paul, than who came to replace him.

Gordon Hayward chooses Celtics over Jazz, Heat |Jul 4, 2017

They are now reuniting, to try for an NBA title. The top remaining free agent in this summer’s class is now off the board, with Hayward announcing Tuesday night with an essay on The Players’ Tribune site that he will sign with the Boston Celtics — coached by Stevens — and leave the Utah Jazz after seven seasons.

Clippers continue to chase Danilo Gallinari, Rudy Gay |Jul 2, 2017

While some of the Clippers’ top targets came off the board early in free agency, the franchise has remained committed to pursuing Denver forward Danilo Gallinari, although such a deal could require finding a third team to facilitate a sign-and-trade.

J.J. Redick leaves Clippers for $23 million deal in Philadelphia |Jul 1, 2017

J.J. Redick is leaving the Clippers on the first full day free agents can negotiate with other teams, agreeing to sign a one-year contract worth $23 million with the Philadelphia 76ers, according to an ESPN report.

Gordon Hayward shown a lot of love in Miami |Jul 1, 2017

Gordon Hayward got his sales pitch from Miami. And David West, finally a champion, is coming back for one last season. The first day of NBA free agency Saturday saw things starting to take shape, though there’s still dozens more moves to come in the next few days.

Miller: NBA’s offseason trumps its off season |Jun 30, 2017

In some ways I’m painfully old school, and pain is exactly what I felt recently while throwing out a threadbare, but otherwise magnificently broken-in, Men At Work T-shirt. I don’t know.

Blake Griffin to re-sign with Clippers for max contract |Jun 30, 2017

In the time since he arrived in Los Angeles eight years ago as the first overall pick in the NBA draft, Blake Griffin evolved from the kid who never lived outside of Oklahoma into a crossover superstar with precise comedic timing that appealed to advertisers and fans alike.

With Chris Paul gone, Clippers turn attention to Blake Griffin |Jun 29, 2017

The first domino fell Tuesday in what has already been a dramatic offseason for the Clippers. Chris Paul’s decision to team up with James Harden in Houston not only left the Clippers without one of the most admired point guards in the modern NBA, but also ramped up the team’s desire to re-sign his All-Star running mate for the past six seasons, forward Blake Griffin.

NBA parity on the line as teams prepare for beginning of free agency |Jun 29, 2017

Just after 9 p.m. on Friday, shortly after the Pacific Ocean swallows the sun and East Coasters seek companionship in the late innings of West Coast baseball, the cellphones of NBA executives, agents and players will begin to buzz.

Phil Jackson, Knicks part ways after 3 dismal seasons |Jun 28, 2017

NEW YORK — Phil Jackson wanted to trade Carmelo Anthony and wouldn’t rule out dealing Kristaps Porzingis. Turns out, Jackson is the one leaving. Jackson is out as New York Knicks president after he oversaw one of the worst eras in team history, with the team saying in a statement Wednesday that they had “mutually agreed to part company.

Chris Paul leaving Clippers to team with Houston, James Harden |Jun 28, 2017

After six seasons and just as many playoff disappointments, Chris Paul’s time with the Clippers is over. After Paul informed the Clippers he would sign as a free agent with the Houston Rockets, the teams negotiated a trade that sent the perennial All-Star to the Rockets in exchange for seven players and a 2018 first-round draft pick.

Who are the 7 players the Clippers are getting in the Chris Paul trade? |Jun 28, 2017

The first blockbuster trade of the NBA offseason came Wednesday with the Clippers, after being informed that Chris Paul intended to sign with Houston as a free agent, trading their All-Star point guard to the Rockets for Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins, Kyle Wiltjer, a 2018 first-round pick and cash considerations.

Video: How will trade of Chris Paul affect Clippers franchise? |Jun 28, 2017

The Clippers traded Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets Wednesday, so what’s next for the them as they head into free agency? Bill Oram, NBA writer for the Southern California News Group, previews the Clippers’ options.