Report: Clippers Interested in Hedo Turkoglu and Sasha Vujacic

Los Angeles Clippers

Jan 22, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Orlando Magic small forward Hedo Turkoglu (15) warms up before the game between the Detroit Pistons and the Orlando Magic at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Between the blowouts, injuries, flops and things of that nature, this is easily the low-point of the Los Angeles Clippers young season.

Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN report that the Clippers are interested in wing players Sasha Vujacic and Hedo Turkoglu.

The Los Angeles Clippers are looking hard at well-known veteran free agents Sasha Vujacic and Hedo Turkoglu as they try to fill the playmaking void created by Chris Paul‘s shoulder injury, according to sources close to the process.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Clippers could make a new 10-day signing as early as Tuesday, with Vujacic and Turkoglu currently at the forefront of L.A.’s thinking.

Sources: Clippers mull free agents | ESPN LA

The keywords in that graph are “try to fill the playmaking void created by Chris Paul‘s shoulder injury.” Time may be failing my brain, but the last time either of the two mentioned players were viable playmakers, I was still in high school. I graduated in 2009.

Within that article Doc Rivers had this to say about Turkoglu, who was recently released by the Orlando Magic.

“”I just like him. He’s out there and we should look at him. I’ve always liked him. He can shoot and play [small forward and power forward].”

While that is an accurate description of Turkoglu, there’s always a disparity between the ability to do something and backing up that ability with production of some quality. Labels don’t leave players often. Once you’re a shooter or a point forward or good defender, you’re likely to be regarded as such for the bulk of your career. The Turkoglu we all remember could do all of the things mentioned above, but he hasn’t necessarily done them well lately.

Combining his games played from the last two seasons (Turkoglu had yet to appear in a Magic game this year), Hedo averaged 9.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4 assists per game with shooting splits of 40/32/69. For the advanced stat crowd, a PER of 10.9, far below the league average of 15, during that 64 game stretch.

To put it lightly, Doc Rivers may enjoy the idea of Hedo Turkoglu moreso than the player that has been seen the past two seasons. Think about it. Isn’t that what Rivers brought in Antawn Jamison for? Isn’t that why the organization kept heavy tabs on Lamar Odom despite his poor play since being traded by the Los Angeles Lakers and a bevy of drug usage rumors from this past summer? It’s kind of what he wanted Matt Barnes to be also, but injury to he and the team has kept that experiment from being used in a heavy dosage.

As far as the Sasha Vujacic rumors, that’s more a showing of the situation the Clippers are currently in. The machine hasn’t played an NBA game since being a member of the Brooklyn (then New Jersey) Nets.

Since these rumors sparked, they’ve gained little traction, especially on the Turkoglu front. The roster is currently at 14 meaning a ten-day contract for either player would still leave the team with no room to add an additional talent.

Like I mentioned above, the idea of having a player like Hedo Turkoglu (or even Sasha) on the roster is fine, but I’m unsure if he is the player for the job based on the last few years.

Topics: Hedo Turkoglu, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Free Agents, Sasha Vujacic

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  • Alfredo Rodriguez

    This may be a stretch, but I wonder if the Clippers are going after “good” players. By that, I mean players who have had a good reputation over the years as both a team player and mannered veteran, and will not ruin team chemistry or be a headcase, especially with Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan around who are really nice guys. Doc Rivers, I think, wants players who won’t be bad influences that could deter Griffin and Jordan’s personalities. They may be players with unorthodox fetishes as is the case with Hedo Turkoglu, but I can see his thinking. Lamar Odom is a distraction as of late, so is Jason Collins (but not for the reasons many people think). Andrew Bynum could be a savior or a destroyer.

    Any of this sound familiar to you? This is the exact same thing the San Antonio Spurs do. There’s no animosity, no egos, no standouts, no troubles. Doc Rivers is trying to replicate what Gregg Popovich did when the Spurs were winning championships. Doc has met Pop before when he was general managing the franchise. Regardless of how bad a coach Vinny Del Negro was, he was on the start of something. And now, Doc gets to finish Vinny’s work.

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