A busy Wednesday night it is on the Los Angeles Clippers front, personnel wise.
The biggest of the news is that J.J. Redick is expected to be available for the Clippers Friday game against the Los Angeles Lakers per Doc Rivers prior to the teams matchup against the Boston Celtics.
“I think J.J. has a very good chance of playing Friday. If he’s ready we’ll probably start him,” noted Doc as Redick would be playing in his first NBA action since tweaking a bone in his wrist late in November. The timing on Redick’s return is perfect as the Clippers are without Chris Paul. It’ll be a good test to see if Redick can return as the prominent shooter he is known to be after missing nearly two months of action. Even if he’s off, his impact will be big enough to affect those around him.
- Another return that may or may not happen this Friday is the return of rookie guard Reggie Bullock (ankle). We posted previously that he’s set to return against the Lakers, but Rivers may postpone his return game to a date from next week.
- On the free agent front, Doc noted that Hedo Turkoglu will be brought in for a workout Friday. I’ve noted in the initial Hedo-Clippers post that Doc may be in love with the idea of Hedo moreso than the player that he actually is, but it won’t hurt to just work him out and see if he’s in game shape. After all, there’s nothing wrong with having an extra body around seeing as how this season has gone injury wise.
- Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles noted here that if the Clippers do bring in Hedo, either Darius Morris or Maalik Wayns, both backup guards who are currently on 10-day contracts, will be released.
- In the NBA rumors section of things, there has been little news on the Andrew Bynum front since the big man was released by the Chicago Bulls. Like before, there have been many media sources that noted the Clippers being interested in the two-time NBA champion, but nothing’s changed as the team can only offer Drew the veteran’s minimum while other teams could possibly offer more.
Quotes via Arash Markazi | ESPN LA.