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Paul George thinks Clippers are set at trade deadline

Paul George

The Los Angeles Clippers are reportedly looking to make at least one significant move before Thursday’s trade deadline, but Paul George does not believe they have to.

George told reporters after the Clippers’ win over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday that he believes his team’s locker room is “in a good place.” He also said he hopes the roster remains the same down the stretch.

Even after a massive offseason that saw them acquire George and Kawhi Leonard, the Clippers are still exploring ways to improve. They are 35-15 and have the second-best record in the Western Conference, but there have been questions about how their frontcourt will match up against that of the Lakers in a seven-game series.

While the Clippers will be fine if they don’t make any big moves, there have been indications that they are expected to acquire a wing or a big. Maurice Harkless is one player who could be moved if they make a deal.

Video: Paul George takes elbow to face, still helps Clippers win

Paul George

Paul George took a big elbow to the face during the third quarter of Monday night’s game against the San Antonio Spurs, but it didn’t prevent him from stepping up late for the Clippers.

George was trying to defend a driving DeMar DeRozan in the paint and got elbowed in the nose.

George was bleeding from his nose and went to the locker room for treatment before returning with some absorbing product stuffed up his nose.

George had 19 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists. His step-back with 13.7 seconds left helped ice the team.

George scored eight of his 18 in the fourth quarter.

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Report: Some Clippers have struggled with superstar treatment of Kawhi Leonard, Paul George

Kawhi Leonard

The LA Clippers instantly became title contenders when they traded for Paul George and signed Kawhi Leonard over the summer. Leonard had just led the Toronto Raptors to the championship and was named NBA Finals MVP. George was having an MVP-type season until he was derailed by shoulder injuries. Adding to the two players was a huge, franchise-changing coup for the Clippers.

But as great as the addition of both players has been for the organization, it has also brought new problems to the team.

Leonard and George are superstars, and superstars often receive star treatment. That is definitely the case with Kawhi, who adheres to a load/injury management schedule and often misses games even when the perception is that he is healthy.

Last season’s Clippers won 48 games and took two games off a vastly superior Warriors team in the playoffs. Many attributed the team’s success last season to their tough attitude and hard-nosed style of play. The load-management style is in contrast with the hard and grinding style the team had the season before.

That change in ethos, coupled with some of the star treatment Leonard and George receive, has been a difficult adjustment for some Clippers players, according to a report published Thursday by The Athletic’s Jovan Buha and Sam Amick.

From the article:

Off the court, sources say there are some teammates who have struggled with the organization’s preferential treatment that is afforded to Leonard and George.

The entire article is very much worth your time.

A team needing to make this kind of an adjustment to having superstars is part of the process when you acquire players like Leonard and George. It’s not an easy transition, and that’s what makes it challenging for superteams to win in their first season together. But if anyone knows what it takes to win it all, it’s Leonard. And while it’s frustrating to see the preferential treatment at times, the Clippers should trust that things will work out overall.

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Kawhi Leonard, Paul George met at Drake’s house to discuss teaming up

The two face-to-face meetings that helped unite Kawhi Leonard and Paul George on the Los Angeles Clippers took place in a rather surprising spot.

Leonard and George had numerous discussions about joining together to play for the Clippers while Leonard was a free agent, but the pair only met in person twice while working through the process. Those meetings took place at rapper Drake’s house in Hidden Hills, California, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

The reason for this? Drake and Leonard had become friends during Leonard’s tenure with the Toronto Raptors. When Leonard visited Los Angeles to meet with teams, Drake permitted the forward to stay at his house, which is how Leonard and George ended up congregating there.

This actually fits with reporting at the time stating that Leonard had the Lakers move a meeting from El Segundo to Westlake Village in order to meet with George afterward. Hidden Hills is roughly an hour closer to Westlake Village, so it would make sense for this to be true.

The funny part about this is Drake is a well-known Raptors superfan who would have wanted to see Leonard stay in Toronto. In the end, his hospitality appears to have made it easier for Leonard to leave for Los Angeles, though that likely would have happened anyway.

Paul George admits he is avoiding contact after shoulder surgery

Paul George

Paul George is still trying to work his way all the way back from the shoulder surgery that forced him to miss the start of his first season with the Los Angeles Clippers, and the star swingman is not denying that he is playing a bit differently now than he did before suffering the injury.

George, who is averaging 23.7 points in the 23 games in which he has played, said after Saturday’s loss to the Utah Jazz that he has been “shying away from contact” since returning.

If George has been hesitant to finish plays at the rim, it would stand to reason that he is also being less aggressive when rebounding. That could help explain why his rebounding numbers are down to 6.0 per game this year from 8.2 with the Oklahoma City Thunder last season.

The good news is the Clippers are 23-11 even with George admitting his game is not where he wants it to be. It’s also a positive sign that he is acknowledging the unwillingness to attack defenders, as that likely means he will work on it going forward.

The Clippers have gotten some clutch play from guys other than George and Kawhi Leonard this season, which is what they will need until George feels he is 100 percent back. Assuming he doesn’t suffer any setbacks, there’s no reason to think he won’t get there.

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Clippers interested in trading for ex-Paul George teammate?

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The LA Clippers just might be throwing it back to Paul George’s Indiana days.

Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that NBA sources not authorized to speak publicly believe that the Clippers are looking at players like Chicago Bulls forward Thaddeus Young via trade. Woike also says that rival executives think the team could be on the hunt for another physical center or another playmaking guard.

The 31-year-old Young, who is averaging 8.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in 21.8 minutes per game this season, was teammates with George on the Indiana Pacers for one season in 2016-17. He is in the first year of a three-year, $44 million deal and would be following in the footsteps of Clippers big Patrick Patterson, who played with George in Oklahoma City as well.

While the Clippers may prefer another better-known forward, a player like Young would come cheaper and might even potentially be a better fit.

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Paul George promises to ‘tell all’ on why he left Pacers

Paul George

Paul George was once again booed when he returned to Indiana as a visiting player on Monday night, and he responded by having one of his best games of the season. While the star swingman openly admits he embraces the villain role against his former team, he says Pacers fans are directing their taunts at the wrong guy.

After he led the Los Angeles Clippers to a win over Indiana with 36 points, nine rebounds and five assists, George told reporters that he plans to tell the real story behind how and why he left the Pacers. However, now is not the time for that.

“Someday I’ll do a tell all and tell the leading events of how I left Indiana,” George said. “And I promise you, I’m not the one to boo. … I like being the villain. I’m here two nights out of the year. The people they should boo is here a lot longer than me.”

The implication from George is obviously that the Pacers’ front office is to blame for the way he left Indiana. He likely feels they made promises about the future of the team and never followed through, which is why he wanted to be traded.

Of course, Pacers fans are not the only group of NBA fans that likes to boo George, so it’s no surprise he uses it as motivation. He helped keep Indiana in contention for seven seasons before he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, so perhaps fans will one day thank him for that rather than showering him with boos.