Michael Winger Rumors
It’s left people to guess. The Clippers need a point guard, defensive help in the frontcourt, and more leadership. So far, they’ve added shooting and underrated playmaking in Luke Kennard and brought back Marcus Morris, but there are still a lot of boxes left unchecked. If you ask around the NBA, people expect the Clippers to have something special up their sleeves. “They’ve got to, right?” one Eastern Conference executive said.
KC Johnson: Bulls also will seek permission to interview Heat asst. GM Adam Simon, per source. Initial round of interviews centered on Nuggets’ Karnisovas, Raptors’ Webster, Pacers’ Buchanan and Heat’s Simon. Other targets could emerge, but longshot scenarios of Presti/Ujiri won’t happen
But, outside of E Baldi in Beverly Hills, West explained why he’s not comfortable being hailed as the hero. “This was hard work by our front office,” West said … “Lawrence Frank, Michael Winger. All the people associated with it.” West says he’s very excited for the 2019-20 season and says with the Lakers signing Anthony Davis to play with LeBron, basketball “should really be fun for fans” in L.A.
Clippers leadership — Ballmer, Frank and general manager Michael Winger — harbored fears that Presti was close to striking a deal with Toronto that would have delivered George to Leonard and the NBA champions, sources said. Had Presti been able to strike a deal for George with Toronto — and Leonard was willing to stay — George was believed to be willing to join the Raptors, sources said. Presti pursued a package of Russell Westbrook and George to the Raptors — with the NBA’s Most Improved Player, forward Pascal Siakam, as the centerpiece of a broader, asset-crippling deal — but Ujiri couldn’t keep up with the Clippers’ willingness to unload unprotected first-round picks into the middle of the next decade, league sources said. Simply, Toronto didn’t have the depth of picks it needed to get a deal done — nor the certainty that getting George would make Leonard stay with the Raptors, sources said.