The New Orleans Pelicans have been very busy in what has been an incredibly short off-season as they have already traded for embattled Houston Rockets center Omer Asik in exchange for a future first round pick.
The Los Angeles Clippers were rumored to be the latest team to join in the trade rumors with the Pelicans. On Thursday there was much talk that the Clippers would attempt to make a run at Austin Rivers, uniting Los Angeles head man Doc Rivers with his son for the first time professionally.
But according to TNT’s David Aldridge, the Clippers have no intent of acquiring Rivers.
Clippers not in mix to reunite Austin Rivers with his dad, Doc, via trade. LAC keeping cap room dry in case of bigger things this summer.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) June 26, 2014
While this would certainly make for a great storyline, the Clippers have no real need at the shooting guard position. J.J. Redick was extremely productive for them. Furthermore, if they want to have any chance at making a significant personal change (LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, etc.) that would move them towards becoming a title contender next season, they will need to make every dollar count.
Austin Rivers’ struggles with consistency in two seasons with the Pelicans give him the appearance of a project player. The Clippers who are looking to contend for a title as soon as next season should be looking to add established players who are sure to make a positive impact immediately. While it seems Rivers is bound to land with a different team sometime in the near future, that team will not be the Los Angeles Clippers.