With Chris Paul frequently dealing with injury throughout this season, the Los Angeles Clippers have shown some interest in free agent guard Lester Hudson:
As an MVP-caliber season nears an end with Xinjiang in China, Lester Hudson has received inquiries from the Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers, looking into the guard’s availability, league sources told RealGM.
In helping take Xinjiang to the Chinese Basketball Association playoffs and leading the club to the second-best record in the league, Hudson is averaging 26 points, 7.6 rebounds and five assists. The CBA regular season concluded on Feb. 16, bringing a flurry of American players back to the free agency pool, but Hudson remained with his team in postseason play and will become available soon.
Lester’s game isn’t that of a point guard that can effectively run an offense, but he was and still is a scorer that the Clippers could use if they choose to sign him as the third point guard on the roster. Simply put, he’d soften the blow of a Chris Paul or Darren Collison if the injury bug strikes again.
In Hudson’s last NBA run, the 2011-12 season to be exact, Hudson split time with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Memphis Grizzlies in which he averaged 10.9 points, 2.3 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 16 appearances.