According to Jeff Goodman of ESPN, the Los Angeles Clippers are one of 10 teams interested in unrestricted free agent Josh McRoberts.
Josh McRoberts drawn interest from Charlotte, Dallas, Clev, Miami, Clippers, Knicks, Portland, Phoenix, Spurs and Lakers, source told ESPN.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) July 2, 2014
Looking to fill the frontcourt beyond Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, McRoberts would be a solid third big for Los Angeles. McRoberts possess the perfect skill set to fit in with the Clippers. McRoberts is athletic enough to provide a spark off the bench. Throughout his career, he’s been an underrated passer. Last season, the only 6’10 or taller players to post an Assist Percentage of 21.9% or higher. Considering Noah had the best passing season by a big man since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, that’s not bad company to be associated with. He’s even added a jump shot to his repertoire, shooting 36% from behind the arch with the Charlotte Bobcats last season.
Defensively, McRoberts isn’t the guy the Clippers should be looking for. He’s unable to play center for long minutes at a time, provides little in regards to rim protection, and is a mediocre rebounder. In each of those areas, the Clippers are longing for an upgrade in hopes to propel the franchise to bonafide championship contender.
By declining his player option prior to the start of free agency, McRoberts subsequently turned down a guaranteed $2.77 million. Depending on when McRoberts decides to sign his deal, he could topple that amount, but it may come at the price of contending for a championship. Since declaring free agency, McRoberts has yet to hint at which factor, winning for money, matters most.
With the Clippers looking to use their mid-level exception, or at least majority of it, on Darren Collison, McRoberts’ price tag may be out of the franchises jurisdiction. But if the two parties are somehow able to find common ground on a deal, the Clips’ bench unit would be much better than it was the previous year.