Looking to fill the final slot on the roster, Jorge Sedano of ESPN reports the Los Angeles Clippers will host a workout concentrating on frontcourt players.
— Jorge Sedano (@SedanoESPN) August 5, 2014
Let’s do a run-down on the plays mentioned by Sedano.
Considering Doc Rivers was interested in the big man prior to his signing in Indiana, this shouldn’t be a surprise. But if Rivers has had a chance to witness what Bynum provided to the Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers last, he surely wouldn’t be interested–obviously he hasn’t. Of course, this is just a workout which means nothing unless ink is put to paper; but yeah… signing Bynum would be Byron Mullens-esque.
Andray Blatche would’ve made sense two weeks when the Clippers agreed to re-sign Glen Davis. Like Davis, Blatche is a ‘scoring’ forward who plays little defense. Considering LA was first in offensive rating last season, that’s not exactly what the Clippers need, but if Davis is Clippers worthy then Blatche is. Due to his temper and attitude issues, it’s difficult seeing Blatche willingly sign up to be the 5th big on this roster (same applies to Bynum). With DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin, and Spencer Hawes healthy, there’s little room for a fourth big in the rotation let alone a fifth big.
On paper, Greg Oden and Emeka Okafor make sense. Unfortunately, on paper has failed many times in the past and could surely do the same here. Both have a history of injury, but both are defense-first players, something Los Angeles needs desperately as Jordan is occasionally a wildcard on that end. While Okafor missed the entire 2013-14 season due to a neck injury, Oden was shuffled in and out of Erik Spoelstra’s lineup in Miami. It’s unclear if it was because of 1) Oden being a poor fit, 2) Oden falling victim to depth, or 3) Oden not being ready for minutes. If I was forced to take a gander on the matter, it’d be a combination of 1 and 3. Unless Oden has improved since June, the same could apply in Miami. With Okafor, if healthy, you’re getting a more guaranteed product. If he can remain on the floor, you know what you’re getting from him: defense, rebounding, and blocked shots–three factors that have remained constant in Emeka’s career.
Again, if healthy, Okafor could be a steal. He’s capable of playing both the forward and center and works well with Chris Paul (the past has shown us this). Basically, he’s the complete inverse of Spencer Hawes. If signed, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he leapt over Glen Davis in the depth chart. Considering ‘Meka’s strengths are the Clippers weaknesses, he’s easily the best match of the listed bigs that will attend this out-of-the-blue workout.
As more information is revealed on this workout, we will look to update you all with available information.