Bruce Bowen and the Clippers are parting ways after critical comments he made about 2019 free agent target Kawhi Leonard.
Bowen was under contract with Fox Sports West, but the Clippers , like every organization, have significant input into the hiring of television broadcast talents and withheld approval on extending his contract, sources said.
Before the Toronto Raptors traded with San Antonio for Leonard in July, the Clippers tried to acquire him and plan to be aggressive suitors for Leonard in 2019 free agency.
Leonard is primarily interested in signing with the Lakers or Clippers in July, league sources tell ESPN.
"I think there's nothing but excuses going on," Bowen told Sirius XM Radio on June 22. "First, it was, 'Well I was misdiagnosed.' Look here: You got $18 million this year, and you think that they're trying to rush you? You didn't play for the most part a full season this year. And you're the go-to guy, you're the franchise, and you want to say that they didn't have your best interest at heart? Are you kidding me?""I think he's getting bad advice," Bowen told Sirius.
"I think what you're starting to see now is an individual given a certain amount of advice, and it's not the right advice. Here it is: You were protected in San Antonio. You were able to come up during a time where you still could lean on Tim [Duncan], Tony [Parker] and Manu [Ginobili]."
The Clippers hired Bowen to partner with legendary play-by-play man Ralph Lawler before the 2017-2018 season. Short stint. You better hold you're tongue about your team's targets in free agency.