December 07, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers will hold training camp in Hawaii ahead of the 2017-18 NBA season.

The team announced its plans Monday to train on the University of Hawaii campus in the fall. It will stage a fan fest featuring players and coaches as part of camp. No dates were announced.

Gillian Zucker, team president of business operations, says the deal to move camp to Hawaii is in partnership with the Hawaii Tourism Authority. She says it's part of Clippers owner Steve Ballmer's vision of expanding the team's brand and connecting with NBA fans on the islands.

The marketing partnership with the tourism authority includes broadcast and online exposure with in-game promotions throughout this season.

The Clippers trained on the UC Irvine campus before this season. Several years ago, they held camp in the desert near Palm Springs.

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