Pacific Notes: Beverley, Rondo, Warriors, Ayton

The Clippers announced on Wednesday that starting point guard Patrick Beverley is out with a left calf injury for Thursday’s game against the Mavericks (Twitter link). In addition to Beverley, forward Montrezl Harrell is still away from the team.

Beverley suffered the injury in the first quarter against the Suns on Tuesday afternoon. The defensive-minded point guard’s injury isn’t considered serious, however, which is good news for the Clippers, who have championship aspirations.

Without Beverley, Reggie Jackson could be inserted into the Clippers’ starting lineup, with Lou Williams and Landry Shamet also handling point guard duties.

Here’s more from around the Pacific Division:

  • Lakers head coach Frank Vogel told reporters on Wednesday that Rajon Rondo has begun daily coronavirus testing after returning to Florida to rehab, per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin (Twitter link). Assuming Rondo tests negative for seven consecutive days before re-entering the NBA’s campus, he’ll have to do a four-day quarantine upon returning. That means he could theoretically rejoin the Lakers by the time the postseason begins, though he may not be ready to play by then.
  • Anthony Slater of The Athletic examines how the Warriors could use their $17.2MM traded player exception to acquire a bridge player and ultimately flip him in a second deal to upgrade the roster. Slater brings up Myles Turner and Aaron Gordon as potential targets who make more than the TPE.
  • After missing 35 games earlier this season, Suns center Deandre Ayton welcomes the opportunity to compete down in the bubble, writes Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic. The 22-year-old big man says that he’s matured and is confident in his abilities. “I can say I’ve grown up in a way to where I’m just not being a robot running the play,” he said. “I’m the playmaker when I got the ball, for real, and just me seeing the type of dominance and the type of effect I have on both sides of the floor. Affects the whole game and the whole team has bought in.” Through three games in the bubble, Ayton is averaging 16.6 PPG and 9.0 RPG.
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11 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Beverley, Rondo, Warriors, Ayton

  1. John0952

    Glad to here that they can get tested seven days in a row but here in King James home state it’s impossible to get tested. So I asked the question who’s privileged???????

    • GoLandCrabs

      The NBA is paying for their tests and can do whatever they want with them. You are more than welcome to find a private lab and pay for a quick test.

      • x%sure

        Akron is clean, since the tire factories shut down. Used to smell like burning rubber all over. Good for driving out the wooses.

  2. Sillivan

    Warriors use $17.2MM traded player exception to acquire a bridge player and ultimately flip him in a second deal to upgrade the roster.
    Example
    Use TE to trade for Snell, then later pack Poole and picks to bring up Myles Turner

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      And they will have no problem paying their $50M+ luxury tax bill?

      • Don’t let the glare from the Rings cause you to cover your eyes totally. How many seasons did the Warriors have Kevin Durant ? 3 ? There’s your answer.

        They paid a very high luxury tax for the last couple of seasons. About 34.5 for 17/18 and 51.5 in 18/19.

        You’re a little off base for next year. The Warriors are projected to pay 135 million in luxury tax next year IF they choose to use all their options. That’s more than some teams total payroll. As I said, don’t let the glare from three championship rings cause you to cover your eyes too much and not see the big picture.

        • KnickerbockerAl

          Warriors have more than a few options. They’re going into a new arena. They are going to be healthy. They for sure will strengthen team for championship run. For next 3-4 yrs. Luxury tax is price of doing business. They will gladly pay for a team they believe in. To me Warriors hold key to draft. Will they trade, who will they take. They could even trade down. Which I would be shocked. But it could make sense. There are solid starters down lottery like Vassell. Whole NBA is watching to see what Warriors do man. It’s going to be fun.

          • You’re absolutely right. It will be interesting. They’ll take the best path open to them. I think their first choice to look for a team they can trade their pick to. If they get a high enough ping pong ball, who do you want? You want La Melo or Anthony Edwards? What veteran will you give me in exchange? Warriors can even throw in two first-rounders for next year… depending on the player. Let’s go Superstar. I just don’t know who that could be? It’ll be fun to watch.

  3. x%sure

    Aaron Gordon may be off the market with Isaac’s injury. I still think he should be dealt but the FO is likely to go conservative.

    Meanwhile, as they say, down in the bubble…

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