Versatile Terance Mann named Clippers starter, Ty Lue says

LOS ANGELES — Ty Lue not solely desires Terance Mann to stay with the LA Clippers, he's beginning the versatile guard, as nicely.

The Clippers coach introduced Mann as his fifth starter Friday, finalizing his beginning unit that features Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and Ivica Zubac.

Lue cited Mann's versatility and talent to protect a number of positions as explanation why he went with the fifth-year guard.

“We will begin him on a degree guard, the place we are able to put him on Steph [Curry] and Dame [Lillard] and guys like that,” Lue mentioned earlier than Friday's apply. “Then we are able to play him on [bigger players such as Lauri Markkanen] if we've to, and simply his versatility of having the ability to guard level guards in addition to 2s, 3s and 4s I believe makes probably the most sense proper now.”

The Clippers and the Sixers have had commerce talks centered round James Harden for months, however the Clippers are decided to maintain Mann, 27, out of any potential deal for the Sixers level guard.

Sources instructed ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday {that a} sizable hole remained and that there had been little motion in negotiations for months on a deal between the 2 groups on a Harden commerce.

Earlier than the Clippers' preseason finale Thursday, Lue was requested about how Mann offers with listening to his identify concerned with the Harden commerce discuss throughout social media.

“We love T-Mann,” Lue mentioned. “In order that's a superb place to be in. It is completely different when [teams] don't need you, you then're out of the league.

“However we love T-Mann and T-Mann goes to be right here. So we're not likely frightened about. We're simply staying exterior [of] all of the speculations or no matter and it is a good factor to be needed, I am going to inform you that.”

The Clippers hope they will not be shorthanded at level guard of their season opener in opposition to Portland on Wednesday. Backup level guard Bones Hyland, who impressed the Clippers within the preseason, suffered a sprained left ankle in Thursday's 103-90 preseason loss to Denver. Hyland, who didn't apply Friday, might be reevaluated in a couple of days, in line with the workforce.

For now, the Clippers' beginning lineup is about. Veteran Nic Batum mentioned Mann's job because the fifth starter is straightforward.

“It may be this position — you are going to have to ensure these guys have a superb life,” Batum mentioned. “… It may be a simple match as a result of it is really easy to play [that role]. You bought three guys going to be within the Corridor of Fame on the finish of their careers and Zu is a superb man to play with, so while you are available in, basketball is simple while you play with [those] guys.”

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