June 23, 2021

Clippers sign guard Sean Kilpatrick, continue talks with Tyrone Wallace, C.J. Williams

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The injury-depleted Clippers were in need of a guard, what with Patrick Beverley sidelined for the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery Nov. 22 and Avery Bradley sitting out for a to-be-determined number of games because of a sports hernia injury.The Clippers filled their vacancy temporarily with Tyrone Wallace and C.J. Williams, two players whose two-way contracts ended last week. The team hoped to have signed either or both to a more permanent deal, but hadn’t done it as of Sunday.So the Clippers signed Sean Kilpatrick to a 10-day contract and plugged him into their rotation for their game Sunday against the Brooklyn Nets at Staples Center. Kilpatrick didn’t start, but Clippers coach Doc Rivers said he would “throw him on the floor.”In other words, Rivers planned to give Kilpatrick a good, long look because the Clippers had no one else to fill the role of a backup guard with NBA experience. Kilpatrick, 28, had played in 144 games in the NBA with the Nets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks. Adopting a more serious tone, Rivers described the reasons for the Clippers’ decision to sign Kilpatrick. Rivers said the team continues to negotiate separately with Wallace and Williams, but couldn’t wait for deals to be completed, so they signed Kilpatrick.“We just need downhill guards that attack,” Rivers explained. “That’s what we were thinking. We went through the whole list. We think that’s what Sean does well. He kind of matches our DNA a little bit in what we’ve had this year, with guys that are tough and have an edge.”Kilpatrick’s NBA experience was a plus. Wallace and Williams are rookies. Heisler: Kind words for the Clippers, while there’s still time Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error DeAndre Jordan focuses on his present with Clippers, not his uncertain future Kilpatrick is a familiar face for Rivers and the Clippers. Kilpatrick scored his career-high of 38 points during the Nets’ double-overtime victory over the Clippers on Nov. 30, 2016 in Brooklyn. Rivers wasn’t around to witness all of Kilpatrick’s handiwork after he was ejected, though.“I got thrown out of a game?” he joked Sunday.Related Articles “We’re trying to make the playoffs here,” Rivers said. “We’re going to try to sign who we think is the best fit for our team. If Sean comes in and earns it, it’ll be his job. Or we’ll go back to the C.J.s or the Tys. We like them all. We just have to figure out who’s the best fit.“We’re negotiating with all of them right now, and we’ll see how that goes.”MEDICAL UPDATEDanilo Gallinari said he expected to sit out at least two weeks after an MRI exam on Thursday revealed he suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right hand during a Feb. 22 game against the Golden State Warriors. He has been wearing a protective brace on his hand since Thursday.An earlier X-ray failed to detect the injury.“It usually depends on how you recover,” Gallinari said when asked about a timetable for his return to the starting lineup. “Everybody recovers differently. It depends. I guess it’ll be two weeks more or less. I’m not a doctor, but you’ve got to wait for the swelling to go down.”Gallinari has played in only 19 of the Clippers’ 62 games this season, averaging 15.9 points on 40.7 percent shooting, plus 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 32.3 minutes. He also was sidelined for 38 games earlier because of a gluteus maximus injury.last_img

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