The Los Angeles Clippers have made it known that they’re shopping the 28th overall pick in hopes to improve the wing unit and now we know who Doc Rivers has his eyes on. According to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, LA has turned their sights to Tony Allen, Iman Shumpert, and Gerald Green, hoping the 28th pick along with Matt Barnes could secure one of the three.
At the top of Rivers’ list is a deal that would send L.A.’s pick and Barnes to the New York Knicks for swingman Iman Shumpert, whom the Clippers tried to acquire at the trade deadline.
Another possible deal had the Clippers trading the pick and Barnes to the Phoenix Suns for swingman Gerald Green, the executives said.
The 6-foot-4 Allen, who played for Rivers in Boston, is viewed by the coach and his staff as a shutdown defender who can help make it difficult on Oklahoma City Thunder MVP Kevin Durant.
Iman Shumpert being mentioned comes as no surprise. Since last season, the Clippers have had their eyes on the 3-and-D wing and with the New York Knicks looking to jump into the first round, Shumpert has been floated as the asset to get Phil Jackson what he wants. Acquiring Shumpert may come down to if the Clippers are willing to give up Reggie Bullock. If last years’ trade deadline was any indication, the Clippers are against moving Bullock and that may be the difference between Shumpert being a Clipper and him possibly being traded elsewhere.
Tony Allen makes sense as shooting guard won a championship under Rivers and would provide the starting lineup with a defensive stud, but according to Marc Stein, the Memphis Grizzlies aren’t willing to work out a deal centered around sending TA to Los Angeles.
Grizzlies, I’m told, have swatted down Clippers’ attempt to trade for defensive ace Tony Allen
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 26, 2014
Gerald Green is the newest name to pop up on the Clippers 3-and-D radar. Averaging 15.8 points on 44% shooting (40% from three), Green’s value increased exponentially. He’s on a fair contract of $3.5 million, is athletic enough to run with the fast pace Clippers, is an able defender, and can knock down the three-point shot. He’s the “perfect” player for this Clippers team and if the Suns are interested in the 28th overall pick–it may depend on who is still left on the board–this could be a deal done before the night is over with.
With the draft currently ongoing, the Clippers are a team to keep your eye on.