Report: Rockets to play Clippers in Hawaii exhibition

James Harden of the Rockets drives to the basket against the Thunder’s Paul George during a game in December. Houston is set to play the Los Angeles Clippers, who recently acquired George, in Honolulu in October. AP file photo

The Maui News

Former NBA MVP James Harden, nine-time All-Star Chris Paul and the Houston Rockets are scheduled to play the revamped Los Angeles Clippers in a preseason exhibition in Honolulu in October, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported on its website Tuesday.

Citing a contract between the Clippers and the Hawaii Tourism Authority that was obtained under the state’s open record statute, the publication reported that the Clippers will play the Rockets on Oct. 4, as well as the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association on Oct. 6, at the Stan Sheriff Center. The contract stipulates that the games are subject to NBA approval.

The Clippers, who will be holding training camp on Oahu for the third straight year, have made the biggest noise of the NBA offseason, recently adding NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard through free agency and agreeing to a mega-deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder that brings six-time All-Star forward Paul George to L.A.

In 2017, the Clippers hosted the Toronto Raptors for two exhibition games at the Stan Sheriff. The Clippers played a game against the Sydney Kings of Australia’s National Basketball League last year.