Kenny Smith, family to appear on TBS reality show (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:54:00 PDT)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Former NBA star Kenny Smith and his family will appear on a reality show on TBS in the spring.
James Harden: 'Obviously, there's times my defense is pretty bad ... I have to be a lot better' (Ball Don't Lie)
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:37:08 PDT)
When James Harden proclaimed himself the "best all-around basketball player in the NBA" this summer, the claim was met in many quarters with a hearty laugh, followed by a link to one of the supercuts of his poor defense that have gone viral over the past year. As it turns out, the reigning All-NBA First Team shooting guard heard every last chuckle, even all the way over in Spain for the 2014 FIBA World Cup, and while he understands the skepticism regarding both his commitment and capacity to play both ends of the floor, he's entering the 2014-15 season intent on making us all into believers. Here's Harden discussing his defense during the Houston Rockets' Monday media session, thanks to ClutchFans : ... and here's a recap of the chatter, via Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle : "I hear [the criticism], but I don't pay attention to it," Harden said. "I know I can be a really good defender. Obviously, there's times my defense is pretty bad. There's a lot of stars whose defense is pretty bad sometimes. That category, I know I have to be better." Harden made similar comments before and after last season, but on Monday he was specific, as if he also had clicked on that video, catching himself looking the other way while his man made a back-door cut or took off on a fast break. "It's just [about] me being focused," Harden said. "It's not whether I can do it. It's me losing track of my man or small things like that that can easily be corrected. "It's not the fact that I can't do it. I'm a pretty good defender. It's me being able to focus on small things that I kind of lose track of. I know that." Good on Harden for copping to his missteps and his tendency to fall asleep during possessions; the first step, after all, is admitting that you have a problem. Next, of course, comes doing something about it, and Harden's still got a ways to go there. Consider, for example, this report on Harden's defensive work during Team USA's pre-World Cup Las Vegas training camp from former longtime college coach Bobby Gonzalez for Sheridan Hoops : I spoke to several members of the USAB staff, and behind the scenes they were amazed at how good James Harden has become as an overall player since his last tour with Team USA two years ago. The fact that he came in and was focused on being a lockdown defender blew them away. And watch the re-energized lockdown artist's less-than-inspiring work during the U.S.'s gold-medal run in Spain: ... Yeah, there's the lack of focus, all right. Harden is, of course, right when he notes that it's something of a time-honored tradition for NBA stars with major scoring and playmaking roles for their teams to take plays off on the defensive end. There's also a strong argument to be made that the 25-year-old All-Star's offensive contributions — 25.4 points, 6.1 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game, 9.1 free throw attempts a night, a sterling .618 True Shooting percentage ( fifth-best in the league ) last season — significantly outweigh his defensive debits. In fact, as recently suggested by SB Nation's Tom Ziller , you could even claim that it's easier to build a contending roster around an elite one-way talent with clear deficiencies on the other side of the ball than it is to build a winner around a more well-rounded star who doesn't shine as brightly in either direction. While I'm sure Rockets general manager Daryl Morey wouldn't use the word "easy," he's done his level best to craft a strong defensive roster around Harden — bulldog guard Patrick Beverley at the point of attack, stalwart swingman Trevor Ariza on the wing, finally healthy All-Star rim-protector Dwight Howard backstopping it all — to minimize the bearded baller's fallout while allowing him to maximize his influence on the offensive end. But there's a difference between conserving energy and not really trying at all, and it'd obviously give a Houston team that finished 12th in the NBA in points allowed per possession last season a pretty big boost for Harden to go from "total sieve" to "more regularly accountable feet-mover." The task of keeping Harden accountable falls to head coach Kevin McHale, who's emphasizing the basics — keep your man in front of you — as he enters his fourth season on the Houston bench, according to NBA.com's Fran Blinebury : “Your defense is based on help and help principles. But if [a teammate] gets beat every time, I say, ‘Oh, my God I got to get over and help again.’ If [a teammate] shuts down his guy, there’s a calmness in me. I’m not over-helping. I’m not thinking, ‘Oh my.’ “It’s a trust factor of doing your job on defense. It’s not always relying on the trust that is built in. Your object as a defender is to not use that help all that time. Use it when guys make great moves. You can’t get beat on average moves. You can’t get beat on just average stuff. You gotta just make guys work hard to beat you. It’s simple things. “In the end, if you play on a team that is [a] championship caliber team, there is a huge amount of trust. That trust comes from you doing your job night after night after night after night, so that everybody can trust each other.” Through two years as The Man in Houston, Harden hasn't proven trustworthy on D, and the Rockets haven't proven capable of getting out of the opening round of the Western Conference playoffs. McHale's challenging Harden to take a step forward and lead by example on defense, and Harden's challenging himself to live up to the bold claims he made over the summer. If he puts his money where his mouth is, he could vault Houston into the upper echelon of the brutal West and himself into the MVP conversation. If the start of the season just brings more of the same lackadaisical work, though, Harden will likely be in the unenviable position of being unable to defend even himself. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! 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Here we go again: Warriors, Magic, Rockets unveil new sleeved alternate jerseys for 2014-15 season (Ball Don't Lie)
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:06:39 PDT)
It's been two seasons since the NBA and apparel partner Adidas introduced short-sleeved jerseys into teams' uniform rotations, and it seems like the only thing expanding as quickly as the number of squads wearing the new duds has been the complaints about them, from writers , owners , fans and players. All the squawking — first from Stephen Curry , then from Dirk Nowitzki , and Robin Lopez , and Beno Udrih , and Jarrett Jack , and, on separate occasions , LeBron James — made the NBA appear to be prizing merchandising and marketing more than the actual feelings of the players who had to wear the things. (On that score, I'm guessing LeBron's concerns carried a bit more weight with the decision-makers than Beno's did.) Amid all the criticism, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in March that the league would "revisit" the use of sleeved jerseys during the offseason, telling Bleacher Report's Howard Beck that "if the players don't like them, we'll move on to something else." That edict, combined with recent reports that the sleeved unis aren't moving units at retail sporting goods stores , seemed to provide cover for the scuttling of the effort, a brief flicker of light at the end of the arm-covered tunnel. This, however, isn't a Morrissey-and-Marr situation . Dark days have come again, in the form of three teams unveiling brand new sleeved jerseys to wear this coming season. The Golden State Warriors, who lit the candle on the sleeved alternates and went back for seconds last season, introduced a "slate" (not black!)-colored third short-sleeved kit modeled by forward Harrison Barnes "during an exclusive event attended by a variety of social media influencers" on the eve of Media Day: #DubsConfidential no longer. #Warriors & @adidas unveil new #WarriorsSlate Alternate Jersey for 2014-15 season. pic.twitter.com/m0LaYL3ZKX — Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) September 29, 2014 The Dubs say they chose "slate" (not black!) to represent "not only the technology and innovation synonymous with the Bay Area, but also the body armor for the team on the court." I'm not sure I get the "body armor" thing — you don't often read about brave and gallant knights in slate armor — but if they feel like it's indicative of good tech things, I guess, well, good for them. Most of the immediate connections and comparisons I saw referenced something a lot less high-tech, though : Nailed it, @warriors . pic.twitter.com/4X0OopuwH3 — #FreeBillSimmons (@JohnxDiaz) September 29, 2014 As was the case with the white alternates last season, the Warriors will wear the new sleeved shirts for Saturday games throughout the 2014-15 regular season. Our first chance to find out if the "slate" (not black!) duds look trashy or classy in live action will come on Saturday, Nov. 15, when the Warriors take on the Charlotte Hornets at Oracle Arena. (Now those Hornets uniforms — there's a clean look.) Not to be outdone in the underwhelming-sleeve department, the Orlando Magic introduced their new "Pride Jersey" home uniforms on Monday. From the front: Victor Oladipo in the Magic sleeved alternate uniform. pic.twitter.com/GTICYSBbwC — Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) September 29, 2014 ... and the back: The "Magic silver" (not grey!) base with white pinstripes and blue trim is apparently intended "to represent 'steel' — a rigid, unbending and relentless symbol of unity created to invoke a sense of 'pride' and an unyielding commitment to competing at the highest level." They kind of just look like flat grey practice jerseys, though, sort of similar to the humdrum alternates the San Antonio Spurs unveiled a couple of years back. At least those didn't have sleeves, though. The team says the "Magic silver" (not grey!) look — which will debut at Amway Center on Wednesday, Nov. 26, against the similarly sleeve-loving Warriors at Amway Center, and will re-appear for "select home games during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons" — is intended as a tribute to "the silver-colored stars that have been part of the team’s logo lineage" from the team's inception in 1989 through its subsequent rebrands in 2000 and 2010. One might argue that simply wearing straight-up throwback jerseys — whether the Shaq-and-Penny version or the T-Mac model — would provide a sharper, more direct link to the star-studded past. Then again, the one who argues that probably doesn't have to come up with new products to sell. Speaking of new products to sell, here's the Houston Rockets' new "Lunar New Year" alternates: Here is your first look at the Chinese jersey the #Rockets will wear this season. http://t.co/kLlrxk166H pic.twitter.com/RTAIVm6R7o — ClutchFans (@clutchfans) September 29, 2014 This isn't an "official alternate jersey," according to stalwart Rockets community ClutchFans , but beginning with a Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, tilt against the Toronto Raptors, Houston will wear the Mandarin character-bedecked uniforms for three straight home games to celebrate Lunar New Year, in what seems to be a nod to the franchise's longstanding Yao Ming-sparked relationship with Chinese basketball fans (who might even get to watch a couple of games in local evening time someday !). It looks red, although given the apparent trend in naming conventions, I wouldn't be surprise to learn that the Rockets are calling it, like, "Clutch City crimson" or something. There doesn't seem to be much more to say about it than that, which actually makes it something of a winner, as sleeved alternates go. Those of us who'd much rather see the NBA and Adidas shut down this particular experiment, however, appear to have taken a loss. Prepare for a fresh round of complaints from players and fans alike, a fresh round of mollifying statements from the league office and a fresh round of new designs for next season, so long as the dollars and cents keep stacking up ... and, apparently, even if they don't. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.
Harden, Rockets focus on defensive improvement (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:35:01 PDT)
HOUSTON (AP) -- James Harden was the target of plenty of criticism for his defense after the Houston Rockets were bounced from the playoffs in the first round last season on a last-second shot by Portland's Damian Lillard.
Expectations high for stable Trail Blazers (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:06:38 PDT)
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Among the themes for the Portland Trail Blazers this season is to embrace the idea they belong with the elite teams in the West.
Parsons set to lead after leaving Rockets for Mavs (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:42:27 PDT)
DALLAS (AP) -- Chandler Parsons avoided much of the scrutiny when the Houston Rockets lost games last season.
BDL's 2014-15 NBA Season Previews: Chicago Bulls (Ball Don't Lie)
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:12:39 PDT)
Anthony back for 'unfinished business' in New York (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:56:33 PDT)
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) -- Carmelo Anthony knows the easiest path to a title probably isn't in New York.
BDL's 2014-15 NBA Season Previews: Philadelphia 76ers (Ball Don't Lie)
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:25:49 PDT)
Rockets GM Daryl Morey fires back at Mavericks owner Mark Cuban (Yahoo Sports)
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 01:28:42 PDT)
Daryl Morey has grown tired of Mark Cuban's criticism of the Rockets, heating up the Texas rivalry.
BDL's 2014-15 NBA Season Previews: New York Knicks (Ball Don't Lie)
(Fri, 26 Sep 2014 11:51:06 PDT)
James Harden challenges the internet to a game of H-O-R-S-E … and the internet responds (Yahoo Sports Minute)
(Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:49:13 PDT)
We're guessing Houston Rockets guard James Harden has won more than his fair share of games of H-O-R-S-E over the years. Now, thanks to a promotion by Foot Locker , anyone can challenge the two-time NBA All-Star to the well-known trick shot-making contest. The rules are simple: users may submit entries to the athletic retailer's Twitter handle (@FootLocker) using the #HorseWithHarden hashtag via YouTube, Vine or Instagram through Oct. 1. If Harden misses a shot, he gets the letter. If he hits the shot, the internet gets the letter. The first to get the other to spell out H-O-R-S-E wins the game. And judging by some early submissions, the 2012 Sixth Man of the Year has some work cut out for him. https://t.co/DVKKqm5wYY Let’s go @JHarden13 @footlocker #HorseWithHarden — Angelo Mendoza (@iAMgoldenstate) September 24, 2014 My entry for the @footlocker #HorseWithHarden challenge! https://t.co/u222z1yZVy @T_hot2handle #ThrowBack — Jamin Hochstetler (@jhochstetler12) September 24, 2014 Beat that Harden!!! @footlocker #HorseWithHarden #Harden #Nike #NBA #HORSE http://t.co/04K581Tb0g — Ta'Shon Cooper (@CrumbyTazz) September 25, 2014 We're not sure what spoils are for each side. But this oughta be fun.
Sacramento Kings sign Casspi, Hollins (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:49:55 PDT)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The Sacramento Kings have signed forward Omri Casspi and center Ryan Hollins.
Wolves GM optimistic, won't rush Rubio extension (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:04:29 PDT)
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- With dust finally settled after the blockbuster Kevin Love trade that changed the face of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the franchise has one big move still to address before the start of the season.
Rockets acquire Jason Terry, picks from Kings (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:20:06 PDT)
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Rockets have acquired Jason Terry and draft picks from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Alonzo Gee and Scotty Hopson.
Rockets acquire Jason Terry from Sacramento Kings (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:06:25 PDT)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The Houston Rockets have acquired guard Jason Terry from the Sacramento Kings for two second-round draft picks and guard/forward Alonzo Gee.
NBA's Howard has driver's license suspended for not paying fine : court records
(Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:33:44 PDT)
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - The Florida driver's license of Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard has been suspended for his failure to pay a fine for running a red light, court records show, but the team said on Tuesday he was playing basketball in Texas the day of the alleged infraction. According to the court records, Howard's license had been suspended since at least Aug. 15 for his nonpayment of a $285 fine for running a red light in Winter Park, Florida, on April 14. ...
US basketball reigns in Spain, awaits Rio Olympics (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:49:04 PDT)
The Americans had embarrassed themselves at home in the 2002 world championship, and when they haphazardly put together their team for the 2004 Olympics, nobody should have been surprised if they lost. Now the Americans run perhaps the most stable program in the world, gold medalists at both the men's and women's, senior and junior levels. Yet Mike Krzyzewski will prepare as if their opener in Rio de Janeiro is as uncertain as the one in Athens. ''I think we can lose our next game,'' Krzyzewski said.
Jeremy Lin poses as wax figure at Madame Tussauds, freaks fans out (Video) (Ball Don't Lie)
(Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:57:54 PDT)
We've not seen Jeremy Lin play basketball in earnest for the Lakers, but the recently acquired guard has already perfected the Los Angeles art of constantly creating media attention. Lin appeared in yet another viral video — this time posing as a wax figure in San Francisco's Madame Tussauds museum. The famed wax museum recently revealed a lipid Lin in its branch closest to the 26-year-old's roots as both a prep and NBA player — at Palo Alto High and on the Golden State Warriors, respectively. But fans who came to see his faux doppelganger were instead treated to the real thing scaring the daylights out of them. Ever since the Houston Rockets traded him to the Lakers along with a first-round pick in exchange for, well, not much , this summer has seemingly seen an endless string of shenanigans involving Lin. First, there was " Jeremy Lin Goes Hollywood ," a YouTube video poking fun at his decline since the days of Linsanity. Then, there was a pair of Instagram videos featuring Lin posterizing his mom and smashing cake in her face . For the time being, Los Angeles seems like a fitting landing spot for Lin, a likable kid enjoying Hollywood's backyard, but the act may wear thin if his basketball skills don't match his comedic chops. Kobe Bryant has grown tired of far better players than Lin clowning around to the detriment of team success. Related Video:
US beats Dominicans 106-71 at basketball worlds (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 03 Sep 2014 16:00:37 PDT)
They were expected to be in Barcelona. The Americans wrapped up the No. 1 seed in their group Wednesday, improving to 4-0 at the Basketball World Cup with a 106-71 victory over the Dominican Republic. Kenneth Faried, whose shooting percentage dropped after he missed three shots, scored 16 points for the U.S. DeMarcus Cousins came off the bench and added 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting.
Tracy McGrady works out with Kobe Bryant as test for possible comeback (Yahoo Sports)
(Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:46:50 PDT)
The chances of Tracy McGrady playing again in the NBA aren't great, but he worked out recently with Kobe Bryant.
AP Source: Rockets reach agreement for Terry (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:06:00 PDT)
A person with knowledge of the deal says the Houston Rockets will acquire guard Jason Terry in a trade with Sacramento. The Rockets will also receive two second-round draft picks and send guard/forward Alonzo Gee to the Kings, along with at least one other non-guaranteed contract. The 36-year-old Terry started last season with Brooklyn and averaged only 4.5 points in 35 games. He was traded to Sacramento at the trade deadline and didn't play the rest of the season as he recovered from a left knee injury.
Down at half, US beats Turkey in basketball worlds (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:51:33 PDT)
They figured it would be simple, that they would just beat up on Turkey like they did Finland a night earlier. ''I guess we felt like last night's game was pretty easy and tonight was going to be the same way, but Turkey came out and they gave us their punch from the beginning,'' forward James Harden said. A night after crushing Finland by 59 in its biggest rout ever while using NBA players in the former world championship, the Americans couldn't take control against Turkey until early in the fourth quarter after compiling a 17-1 run. ''So we've got to come out ready to play no matter who we're playing against.'' The Americans trailed 40-35 at halftime and Turkey led by six early in the third before the Americans could finally get the game into the quicker tempo they prefer and pull away to win the rematch of the 2010 gold-medal game in Istanbul.
Sources: Kings trading Jason Terry to Rockets (Yahoo Sports)
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:24:12 PDT)
The Kings will receive non-guaranteed contracts from the Rockets in return for veteran guard Jason Terry.
Jerry Colangelo says James Harden is the leader of Team USA (Ball Don't Lie)
(Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:12:18 PDT)
There is little doubt that Houston Rockets All-Star guard James Harden is an extremely talented basketball player — guys don't make the All-NBA First Team by accident, no matter how controversial there selections prove to be. But Harden gets the sort of criticism that most elite stars don't receive. Harden's lackadaisical and often just horrible defense has been extensively documented, and it doesn't help that he also occasionally makes ill-considered comments about his teammates and mocked at least one very respected member of the media . There's a not uncommon belief that Harden doesn't really get what it takes to be the top dog on a title contender, which makes it a bigger deal than usual when he, like many athletes before him, overestimates his standing in the sport . Although Harden turned 25 years old just this Tuesday, he is one of the most experienced players on Team USA as it heads into Saturday's opening game of the FIBA World Cup of Basketball in Spain. As such, Harden sees himself as a leader. If that appears a bit presumptuous of him, then please consider that USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo believes Harden is taking well to the role. From Michael Lee for The Washington Post (via EOB ): “Right now, I think I would look to Harden as that leader,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said as his team continues to prepare for the tournament in which the winner earns an automatic berth in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. “Harden is kind of a natural leader and he seems to be willing to accept that role. And you can just kind of feel it and sense. He’s the one.” [...] Colangelo said Harden has been one of the team’s most vocal players and has helped elevate practices with his effort and tenacity. “I don’t know if he’s been waiting [to lead]. It’s evolved,” Colangelo said. “He came in as a pretty high draft pick. Got off to a great start in Oklahoma City. Whether he was disappointed or surprised by what transpired, he found himself in another uniform and that’s part of life in pro sports and the NBA, and I think he’s adjusted to that and his numbers get bigger and he’s being recognized more and more as the player he is. And this is a great platform for him to come out as a leader.” [...] “This is a different platform,” Harden said. “A platform that I haven’t really been on before, but I think most of us haven’t been on it, either. I think we’re all kind of figuring it out together. That’s what’s going to be so special about this team. We figure it out together and we come out with a gold medal, it makes it that much more special.” Lee notes elsewhere that Harden is one of just two players on the 2014 roster to have also played on the 2012 Olympic team — Anthony Davis is the other — so it makes sense that he would be seen as something of an elder statesman. It's possible to argue that Harden earned the role by default after the withdrawal of Kevin Durant and in the absence of players like Kevin Love, but there seems to be little doubt that the Rockets star is occupying the role for Team USA right now. That's notable in itself, if only because NBA fans haven't been conditioned to think of Harden as the sort of guy who is capable of leading a roster of stars (diminished or not) in a major international tournament. We're not sure he's ready to represent Houston on a major stage, let alone the most powerful basketball country in the world. Colangelo's praise is important, but it's also true that it's his job to talk up the positive qualities of the national-team experience in order to convince fans and prospective players that the squad represents the best of America. If an increasingly vulnerable Team USA fails to win gold in the World Cup, it's easy to see public opinion on Harden turning increasingly sour, if only because leadership and championship-readiness are often defined in terms of what someone did most recently. Anything less than convincing victory will suggest that Harden lacks what it takes to lead the national team. In other words, it would be prudent not to declare any certainty about Harden's leadership ability, because it's at least partially dependent on the result of the World Cup. Plus, even if Team USA does develop into a dominant squad that wins every game convincingly, Harden will face a whole new challenge with the Rockets this fall. To paraphrase a cliche, the true test of a leader — or maybe just the true test of a leader's reputation — comes when the going gets tough. - - - - - - - Eric Freeman is a writer for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @FreemanEric
Rockets sign forward Tarik Black (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:01:32 PDT)
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Rockets have signed forward Tarik Black, who played on their summer league teams in Orlando and Las Vegas.
Oklahoma City trades C Thabeet to 76ers (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:04:47 PDT)
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma City Thunder have traded center Hasheem Thabeet and cash to the Philadelphia 76ers for a protected second-round draft pick in 2015 and a trade exception.
Clippers ship Dudley to Bucks for Delfino, Raduljica
(Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:02:32 PDT)
The Los Angeles Clippers traded forward Jared Dudley to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday in an NBA deal for Argentine forward Carlos Delfino and Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica. The trade also netted the Bucks a 2017 first-round NBA Draft pick from the Clippers while shipping a 2015 second-round selection to the Clippers.