The Clippers would like to trade their way back into this year’s draft, tweets Eric Pincus of The Los Angeles Times. The writer says Los Angeles is interested in acquiring a pick, but doesn’t specify how high it might be.
The Clippers gave their first-round selection, which falls at No. 28, to the Celtics as compensation when they acquired coach Doc Rivers two years ago. Their second-round choice, No. 57 overall, went to Denver in a 2009 deal for Cheickh Samb.
Faced with bench problems this season, the Clippers will probably have to rely on the draft to improve. The team already has more than $58MM in salary committed for next year, and free agent center DeAndre Jordan is likely to receive a max contract this summer.