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Lawrence Frank on a potential Kawhi Leonard return this season: No one knows

USA TODAY Sports Media Group
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 2022-02-05
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Andrew Greif: Realistic to see Kawhi Leonard this season? “We don’t know,” Lawrence Frank said. “No one knows, he doesn’t know but all you can do is every day continue to control what you can control.”

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Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif

“Roster building is very much ongoing,” Lawrence Frank said. Every decision made hinges on the question of how it will fit around PG and Kawhi. latimes.com/sports/clipper…5:02 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM

Not long before Paul George lofted shots with his left hand in the gym, Lawrence Frank said PG is “feeling better” each day. Frank, though, does not know if his star guard will be back. And “no one knows” if Kawhi will be able to return this season espn.com/nba/story/_/id…4:59 PM

Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif

“Roster-building is still very much ongoing,” Lawrence Frank said, when asked about the dearth of point guards on the depth chart. Frank said he doesn’t think of it in terms of a “point guard” but who can they add to lift a burden from PG and Kawhi? It doesn’t have to be a guard. – 1:48 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM

Asked Lawrence Frank if it’s realistic to see Kawhi Leonard return this season. Frank: “We don’t know. No one knows. He doesn’t know.” He said team has seen how hard Kawhi is working to get back to full strength. – 1:46 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU

Frank on Kawhi Leonard’s possibility of returning this season: “No one knows. He doesn’t know… really, nothing has changed.” – 1:39 PM

Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif

Realistic to see Kawhi Leonard this season?

“We don’t know,” Lawrence Frank said. “No one knows, he doesn’t know but all you can do is every day continue to control what you can control.” – 1:39 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

Amid uncertainty on when Kawhi Leonard & Paul George will return, the Clippers bolstered their roster to make a playoff run w/ or w/out their stars. My dispatch on how the Clippers thread the needle between adding talent while keeping roster flexibility https://t.co/Qh9L8pqD2p pic.twitter.com/q2Xxtk5IaM9:08 PM

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Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif

Norm Powell, come on down. The Clippers swing a trade in an effort to limit those scoring droughts short term, and be a complementary piece alongside Kawhi and PG long-term: latimes.com/sports/clipper…5:56 PM

Yossi Gozlan @YossiGozlan

The Clippers now have Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Norman Powell, Marcus Morris, Terance Mann, Luke Kennard, and potentially Nic Batum (player option) and Robert Covington (UFA) going into next year.

As much as they love having a surplus of wings, I can’t imagine they keep all 9. – 3:42 PM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob

Just saw the deal, trade reflects the most logical respective directions for the Blazers and Clippers. Do we see Dame in a Portland uniform again? PG and Kawhi gotta come back at some point this season, right? – 3:42 PM

StatMuse @statmuse

Clippers new small ball lineup:

Reggie Jackson

Paul George

Norman Powell

Kawhi Leonard

Marcus Morris

6th man: Terance Mann pic.twitter.com/FZDUSPL8fb3:22 PM

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Henry Abbott @TrueHoop

Today on BRING IT IN, @David Thorpe said that even after news Kawhi likely won’t return, he’d keep playing all in, to win … and I guess they think the same way at LAC because a few hours later they traded for Norman Powell and Robert Covington. truehoop.com/p/bring-it-in-…3:18 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM

Thinking about what Ty Lue will be able to do with Reggie, Powell, PG and Kawhi. When PG went down before Christmas, was told Clips still wanted to maintain core around Kawhi and PG with eyes on next season. And they look like a playoff team with Powell and Covington this season – 3:05 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed

I can’t believe the Clippers have Norman Powell and Robert Covington TO GO WITH PAUL GEORGE AND KAWHI LEONARD – 2:49 PM

Michael Pina @MichaelVPina

this is a great deal for the clippers, with impact felt next season more than this one (assuming they use roco’s bird rights to bring him back). powell obv won a title with kawhi in 2019 and is good. roco not having to guard on ball and getting extra room on 3’s is a win – 2:47 PM

Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun

What an awful deal for Portland and terrible asset management (granted, in retrospect and management has changed). Meanwhile, Clippers trying to put the championship Raptors back together. Problem is Kawhi and Serge aren’t healthy. – 2:46 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn

The emergence of Anfernee Simons allows for the Blazers to move off the balance of Norman Powell’s long-term contract — and gives the Clippers a proven two-way wing to partner with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. – 2:44 PM

David Morrow @_DavidMorrow

When Kawhi gets back…. Man. Norm will be an excellent sixth-man type for them, and imagine the defensive versatility of PG/Kawhi/Covington together. – 2:35 PM

Chris Herrington @ChrisHerrington

That deal presumably shores up Clippers as a postseason team and candidate to get above the play-in line, but Powell will be a good fit (and Covington too if re-signed) with Kawhi/George next season. – 2:31 PM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS

So let’s say the Clippers have Kawhi and PG back healthy next season.

Their supporting cast, right now, looks like this: Jackson, Morris, Batum, maybe Covington, Powell, Mann, Zubac, Kennard, Boston, Preston, Coffey, maybe Hartenstein, maybe an MLE.

Expensive but awesome. – 2:30 PM

The LA Clippers might find out more about whether Paul George will play again this season when he undergoes an MRI on his right elbow on Feb. 24, but head coach Ty Lue did not sound optimistic about a potential Kawhi Leonard return this season. -via ESPN / February 4, 2022

“We know Kawhi’s probably not gonna come back,” Lue said in the middle of answering a question about how much he has enjoyed coaching this group that has fought without the team’s two franchise stars. “We don’t know the status of PG, but these guys continue to keep fighting. Every single night.” -via ESPN / February 4, 2022

Ohm Youngmisuk: Serge Ibaka says he has seen how hard Kawhi Leonard is working, rehabbing and trying to come back strong: “I know he wants to come back, it’s just a question about time.” -via Twitter @NotoriousOHM / February 4, 2022

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