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Lakers-Clippers opener highlights NBA preseason schedule

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The NBA has officially released their preseason schedule ahead of training camp, with Dec. 11 listed as the official start to players returning to the hardwood. As currently listed, one of the premier games that will be on schedule the first day is a revitalized rivalry between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers, according to the NBA’s release statement via Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.

The full schedule can be viewed below:

While the respective stars of both squads won’t see a major amount of playing time during the preseason, it’ll be a chance to get a closer view of the new-look supporting casts for both teams.

The Clippers have had an uneventful offseason so far. They managed to sign big man Serge Ibaka, former teammate of Kawhi Leonard, to help introduce a lengthy rim protector in the frontcourt. That addition still remains in the balance of weighing out the loss of Montrezl Harrell to the Lakers, which will carry over a sting into the NBA preseason opening night.

The Lakers were able to address most of their problems. They added a legit point guard in Dennis Schröder via trade while offloading Danny Green after a woeful shooting slump last season. They also landed Marc Gasol, who’ll add impactful efficiency from the paint area. He’s also capable of stepping out and knocking down shots from the perimeter and beyond.

As it stands, the Clippers aren’t likely done making moves before preseason begins. They’ve only addressed a few of their needs coming into the offseason and should look to remain active in filling in additional roles.