With the trade deadline approaching, Ken Berger of CBS Sports notes that the Clippers are looking to add a big man to the rotation.
As Doc Rivers begins to conclude that the Clippers’ roster has more holes than he initially thought, league sources say LA is looking for frontcourt help on the trade market. The most attractive chip in such a pursuit would’ve been Eric Bledsoe, but the Clips opted to move Bledsoe in the three-team deal that yielded J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley.
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Translation: the Los Angeles Clippers are looking to add someone to their frontcourt rotation not named Ryan Hollins and Byron Mullens. We’ve heard rumors of an interest in Andrew Bynum, but outside of him many names don’t come up in mind that are available in the trade market. And those that do, Omer Asik, Thaddeus Young, etc., the Clippers don’t have the assets to obtain them.
The need for a big has been evident since the offseason began, but I can’t help but remind myself and readers how the Clippers botched free-agency in regards to filling the reserve big role. Coming into the summer, all three reserve bigs in Ronny Turiaf, Lamar Odom and Ryan Hollins were unrestricted free-agents. Of the three, the Clippers brought back Hollins for $1.18 million. They then hit the market and brought in Byron Mullens and Antawn Jamison (because Lamar Odom was unfit for an NBA return at the moment) for a combined estimate of $3 million. Neither of the three aforementioned players fill a need, a defensive need, that the Clippers desperately needed to fill. And for the reasons Mullens/Jamison were brought in, they’ve failed to live up to those standards though Jamison has outplayed Mullens ten-fold.
In hindsight it’s easier to criticize these moves, but these weren’t moves that had a high ceiling upon inception. Instead of adding help, management were heavily banking on the tandem of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan to hold down the defensive front. But considering neither of these two were impact defenders priors to Rivers arrival, that was a flawed and odd plan.
I guess you can say they’re paying for it now. If their attempts to pry a big that fits what the team needs away from another club fail come the trade deadline, they could be able to get a veteran such as Marcus Camby (if healthy), Chris Wilcox, Jason Collins or any big released before the guaranteed-contract deadline in January.
This isn’t the type of problem you’d want a potential championship contender to have, but they’ve time to correct the issue. We’ll see what Rivers and co. have up their sleeve.