LA Clippers Make Big Terance Mann Announcement

While the James Harden Drama continues to play out in Philadelphia (or wherever he happens to be at any point in time), across the country, Terance Mann's name has been almost as hot in the NBA rumor mill. He has been labeled as the reason that Harden has not yet landed with his prefered Los Angeles Clippers. They just refuse to give Mann up. 

Now, head coach Tyronn Lue has made an announcement on Mann: He's officially a starter. 

No longer just "a fill-in starter", the job is actually his.  

It stands to reason that the one hold-up in a James Harden deal couldn't possibly be a bench player, though Mann started only 36 of the Clippers' 82 games last season. But when he did start, he performed well, averaging 11.6 points, 4.3 boards and 2.7 assists in about 28 minutes per game. Off the bench, he was just 6.6 points and 2.7 rebounds in about 18 minutes. 

The 27-year-old adds a much-needed boost of youth to the Starting Five, joining Russell Westbrook, 35, Paul George, 33, and Kawhi Leonard, 32. The center is Ivica Zubac, who, at 26, is the baby of the bunch. 

Mann heard his name in the trade rumors all summer in light of Harden's demand to go to the Clippers, but he eventually learned to tune it all out. 

“In the beginning it was tough, but I learned from my vets, they’ve all been through it,” Mann said. “… I don’t even click on comments. I don’t even bear to do that because I heard it’s not good for the brain. You’re human. You read something, it sits in your mind. You come to work and it’s on your mind. I don’t even bother.”

Now when he comes to work, he's officially assured of being in the starting lineup. 

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