The chemistry between Luke Kennard and Reggie Jackson formed long before they teamed up on the Clippers, writes Mirjam Swanson of The Orange County Register. They were teammates in Detroit for two and a half seasons after Kennard entered the league in 2017/18.
Their partnership ended briefly when the Pistons waived Jackson in February of 2020, but he signed with L.A. a few days later and Kennard was traded to the Clippers in the fall. They’ll make their only visit of the season to Detroit on Sunday afternoon.
“It’s been a lot of fun playing with him – I mean, I played with him in Detroit, so I know what Reggie is all about,” Kennard said. “He was my vet in Detroit, and we kind of built a connection right away. He helped me a lot throughout my first couple of years there. And just to be back with him now and to play even more of a role with him now than I did in Detroit, it’s fun.”
There’s more from the Pacific Division:
- Appearing as a guest on Serge Ibaka‘s “How Hungry Are You?” series on YouTube, DeMar DeRozan admits that he had some interest in joining the Clippers during free agency (hat tip to Adam Glanzman of All Clippers). On the show, which was taped during the offseason, DeRozan said he would have accepted a small pay cut if Kyle Lowry had also come to L.A., but after he met with the Bulls, he didn’t believe the Clippers could match their offer. “Nothing but respect to (president of basketball operations) Lawrence Frank and the whole Clippers organization,” DeRozan said. “Great people. It definitely was an opportunity that presented itself. I think for me, the Chicago thing just took off.”
- After Friday’s game, Lakers guard Talen Horton-Tucker revealed that he’s playing with a Grade 2 ankle sprain, according to Broderick Turner of The Los Angeles Times. Horton-Tucker was listed as questionable for the game, but wound up playing 30 minutes and scoring 15 points. “I’m just trying to play through it,” he said. “It’s the end of the season so we got to get some wins. So, any way I can help I feel like I need to be out there. So, I’m trying to play through it. It still hurts, but I’m just trying to push.”
- Donte DiVincenzo brought a commitment to defense to the Kings when they acquired him in a four-team trade last month, per Alex Kramers of NBA.com. The fourth-year guard specializes in jumping into passing lanes and forcing turnovers. “At the end of the day, it is just locking up and locking in on the defensive end, [recognizing] how to disrupt [opponents] offensively and how to make a difference for a team,” DiVincenzo said.
10 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Kennard, Jackson, DeRozan, Horton-Tucker, DiVincenzo”
My pacific note
Trade All star starter Wiggins $33 million expiring contract, 2022 First and future star Jessup for one of the following players
Magic and Pacers have cap room. Wiggins is still playing great tonight.
Justinian Jessup is 6’7″ Manu Ginobili
That’s quite a claim
GSW will hold Wiggins and see how the season plays out and if they can win the title.
If they can’t then they may look into dealing him but it won’t be for Suggs or Halliburton.
I think a unlikely but good idea could be Wiggins and Moody for MPJ.
GSW can then think, okay next season we will run it back Curry Klay MPJ Green and Wiseman with Poole Kuminga Looney and whatever depth pieces in FA. But know long term wise we can build around Poole MPJ Kuminga and Wiseman as our core. MPJ has a great skill set for GSW his length, shooting, ball handling, rebounding he could be their next franchise player.
With their first round pick I’d be looking long and hard at Jean Montero and Kennedy Chandler as a back up and future point guard.
Montero Poole MPJ Kuminga ans Wiseman could be a solid starting 5 in say 5 years
Imagine Lowry DeRozan PG Kawhi and Ibaka all with the LA Clippers. 3 Toronto Raptors legends.
Lowry ways looked set to go to Miami, and DeRozan looked like he wanted to go to LA but ended up taking the money in Chicago which isn’t a bad spot to be.
Yeah, but Dang all this time I thought the Bulls were Derozan’s first or second choice…
Well, as it turns out, the Lakers were his first choice, then came either the Knicks or the Clippers, AND then came the Bulls…lol
Oh well, it worked out for the best for both Demar and the Bulls. The Lakers and Knicks BOTH have to be kicking themselves chosing the likes of Westbrook and Fournier over DeRozan!!
Actually, come to think of it, the Lakers REALLY bombed the off-season pretty AWFUL!! They essentially chose Westbrook, Carmelo, Nunn, and THT over Kuzma, KCP, Montrez, Caruso, AND DeMar!!
Just imagine how much better LeBron and AD could have been with Caruso, Kuzma, and DeMar starting. Then, they still could have had KCP, Monk, Trez, Howard/Jordan, Carmelo, and Reaves coming off the bench…
Or they could have traded Trez or KCP away and signed/traded for any other low-cost, quality bench players/shooters
LeBron really messed things up for him and AD, not to mention they really kind of tainted Russ’ career having him go out poorly with such a bad fit playing alongside them..
Instead of extending their championship window, he basically single-handedly slammed their window shut..Now, just like the Cavs twice and Miami, the Lakers are going to hebdorced to live in mediocrity for the next handful of seasons or so, without hardly any assets whatsoever to improve their roster…Sadly, that’s the LeBron “curse.”
He will bring you a title, but he will also demand you dry up your money and resources solely to bring in the players he wants. So, after you win the title, you’re stuck with nothing but some of his handpicked friends on bad deals, hardly any draft capital whatsoever, and having to start from scratch severely behind the 8-ball…
I really like LeBron, but he frequently abuses his power, and I don’t care for how he’s treated or left any of his past teams..Oh well, they’ll always have the titles he brought those three cities to fall back on, so I’m sure they aren’t too worked up about it…lol
Why is where DeRozan could or would have gone still a story? zzzzzzz
My guess is that AKME has someone planting these stories to pump up their Executive of the Year chances…
And let’s forget that Lakers and Knicks had no cap space to sign him. Cause that’s not important when you want a player.