The Clippers are less than $1.2MM below their $80.829MM hard cap, which could make acquiring a player who can play significant minutes problematic. Los Angeles has spoken with Sebastian Telfair about a potential deal and would have interest in Kevin Garnett or Amar’e Stoudemire if either player agrees to a buyout with their current clubs.
Here’s more on the team that, for now, resides in seventh place in the Western Conference:
- Doc Rivers has spoken to Ray Allen recently, but he doesn’t know if the Clippers are in the mix for the shooting guard, according to Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times (Twitter link). The Warriors, Wizards, Cavs, Spurs, Heat and Hawks are among the teams that have been linked to the 39-year-old.
- The Clippers‘ lack of depth may cause them to fall in the standings during Blake Griffin‘s time away because of injury, opines Jon Hamm of The Oklahoman. Hamm examines how the Clippers built their team around stars and compares the team to the Thunder, who drafted all of their stars and were able to remain in the playoff hunt after a rash of early season injuries.
- The Clippers have a few options to fill Griffin’s void, as Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders examines in a video. Spencer Hawes is the best candidate on the roster to step up and keep the team afloat during Griffin’s absence. Kennedy adds that If Hawes isn’t able to elevate his game, free agency might be the team’s best option to add talent due to the team’s lack of resources. The Clippers lack the young talent that many teams desire in return for productive players and the next first-rounder that the team can promise to a trade partner is its 2021pick. Check out our Draft Pick Tracker to see which teams will get the Clippers’ future picks as well as which picks will be on the move for the rest of the teams in the league.