Prior to making the decision to head overseas, second-year point guard Dwight Buycks turned down an offer from the Los Angeles Clippers to join them in training per David Pick of Eurobasket.com
Told Dwight Buycks rejected camp invites from Lakers & Clippers – offers from Oly, Maccabi, Milan – to join Spanish varsity Valencia.
— David Pick (@IAmDPick) July 25, 2014
Spending his collegiate years at Marquette, Buycks got his first taste of the NBA as a member of the Toronto Raptors. Appearing in 14 games, Buycks averaged 3.1 points and 1.6 rebounds during his rookie year.
The camp invite to Buycks gives fans some sense of direction in regards to what the Clippers may do with the finals roster spot. With a third point guard, the Clippers would be providing themselves point guard insurance. Last season, Chris Paul and the recently-signed Jordan Farmar missed a combined 61 games. Due to the two’s injury history, it’s difficult marking off the missed games as an anomaly, especially with Farmar whose injuries were of the recurring fashion.
With Buycks out of the picture, the leading guard candidate for a camp role has to be Delonte West. He’s familiar with Doc Rivers‘ system and is a veteran combo guard whose skills play off that of Paul and Farmar. In a recent interview, Doc Rivers made it clear he was unsure if West would be invited to camp, but it makes too much sense to bring West along for the ride.
There’s no true learning curve for West outside of him having to adjust to those surrounding him. He’s familiar with the NBA and know what it takes to be an effective player in the league. And if Paul or Farmar suffer an injury, West stepping into the lineup would allow for a seamless transition.
Peyton Siva, former Detroit Pistons point guard, could be another name the Clippers have their eyes on for a camp invite.