After dropping the dead weight that was Antawn Jamison and Byron Mullens in two trade deadline trades, the Clippers are in the market for big men to help booster their bench in preparation for a playoff run. Ivan Johnson and Glen Davis have been two players the Clippers have been reportedly interested and now a third enters the picture: Jason Collins.
As the Daily News reported, Jason Collins is working out in Bel Air at a private facility. Nets and Clippers have interest.
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) February 20, 2014
It didn’t take a rocket scientist to know that Mullens and Jamison weren’t capable of providing the Clippers with everything they’d need out of a third big off the bench. It’s why I suggested signing Collins earlier in the season.
Let’s be clear here though. Collins isn’t that good a basketball player. But he plays defense and is familiar with Doc Rivers system and that’s all that matters here. Collins hasn’t played since last season, so the Clippers wouldn’t be one-hundred percent sure what they’re getting here, but considering the need for a big as they only have three on the roster at the moment and his strengths being one of the teams biggest weaknesses, there’s nothing wrong with testing the waters here.
If the Clippers truly pursue Collins, it’ll likely be on a 10-day contract to see what he can do. Likely another 10-day will be signed subsequently after that to get a bigger look at Collins and if the team is impressed with what he can do on the defensive end, he’ll likely be kept around for the entire season as an emergency backup to Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.
The Brooklyn Nets are also interested in the big man, so Collins’ odds of ending up with the Clippers is dependent on who chooses if things get to a negotiation stage.