The messages have been quite divergent for the Clippers and Lakers.
The Los Angeles Clippers have turned their attention to free agent small forward Grant Hill, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to ESPNLosAngeles.com.
The Clippers say they are tired of seeing Blake Griffin take hard fouls this season and have both vowed to protect him and called on the league office to do more to discourage hits. Kobe Bryant offered up some different advice.
Blake Griffin is encouraged by how the Clippers played in the preseason, but says his team can get "much, much better."
Blake Griffin wouldn't promise playoffs or a championship, but he said the Clippers would no longer be a joke.
The NBA draft is usually about beginnings, but this year it's different.