KEY POINTS

  • Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell are upset over a report tied to Kawhi Leonard's managed minutes
  • Williams dares the reporters to reveal their sources
  • New coach Tyronn Lue has lots of damage control to do with the Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers drama is far from over with Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell now tied to a rumor involving Kawhi Leonard. A report claimed that the three cagers "bristled" when Leonard was allowed to control his load management.

For those who have followed the internal rumblings at the Clippers camp, this is nothing new. However, these never really came out in the open, with most using the Clips' meltdown in the NBA playoffs to back up that claim.

The Athletic came out with a report singling out Beverley, Williams and Harrell as the players who were upset over Leonard's load management during the 2019-20 season. Below is part of what that story contained.

"Players like Patrick Beverley, Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams—Clippers bedrocks before the arrival of Leonard and George—bristled when Leonard was permitted to take games off to manage his body and to live in San Diego, which often led to him being late for team flights, league sources said."

Williams was the first one to react to the claims, responding to Bleacher Report's Instagram post about the story and hilariously asking what "bristled" actually meant. But the 33-year-old player also dared The Athletic reporters Jovan Buha and Joe Vardon to reveal their sources.

After Williams, it did not take long for Harrell to respond to the claims as well. He lashed out at the reporters, saying some people would do anything for a story. He also posted some cryptic messages on social media.

"Being solid and real is a lost art in the game of life," he wrote on Instagram Story.

These are some of the things that new head coach Tyronn Lue will inherit, the Los Angeles Times reported. He succeeds Doc Rivers after the Clippers fired the 59-year-old coach not long after Los Angeles bungled a 3-1 lead against the Denver Nuggets. Rivers is now the new head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Also, it should be noted that Harrell is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Several teams could have interest in the 2020 NBA Sixth Man of the Year.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that the 26-year-old is interested in returning to the Clippers fold, although that will depend on whether Los Angeles can offer a better deal than the multiple suitors in pursuit.

Reggie Jackson #1 of the LA Clippers celebrates a three point shot with teammates Lou Williams #23 and Montrezl Harrell #5 Reggie Jackson #1 of the LA Clippers celebrates a three point shot with teammates Lou Williams #23 and Montrezl Harrell #5 Photo: Getty Images | Kevin C. Cox