Only in Los Angeles could five be greater than 14. That's where the Lakers, winners of five straight, are casting shadows on the Clippers, who are on a franchise-record 14-game winning streak. We passed along some Lakers news earlier, but they aren't the only team making noise in the Pacific Division, as we round up here.
The Clippers have waived guard Marqus Blakely, as Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times tweets. He was the team's last player on a non-guaranteed deal, leaving L.A.'s roster at the regular-season limit of 15.
Blakely failed in his third attempt in as many years to make an NBA team out of training camp. The undrafted 6'5" University of Vermont product was also with the Clippers for the 2010 preseason, and went to Rockets camp last year. He appeared in three preseason games with the Clippers this year after signing in September, but failed to score a point.
The rest of the Clippers all have fully guaranteed deals, so the team's roster appears to be set for opening night.
As the Clippers prepare for training camp, they will sign Marqus Blakely to a contract, according to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando. Carchia reported back in August that the Clips had brought Blakely in for a workout and were considering signing him.
Blakely was in camp with the Clippers in 2010 and the Rockets in 2011, but hasn't appeared in any regular-season NBA contests. The undrafted University of Vermont product averaged 15.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and put up a PER of 19.3 over a combined 35 games with the D-League's Iowa Energy and Sioux Falls Skyforce last season. He also spent time in the Philippines, with B-Meg Llamados, posting an impressive 22.4 PPG, 13.4 RPG, 2.7 SPG, and 2.6 BPG in 22 games.
The Clippers have 15 players on guaranteed contracts, so Blakely likely won't receive any guarantee, and will be a long shot to earn a roster spot. When he and Courtney Fortson officially sign with the team, they'll bring the Clippers' total roster count to 17.
The Clippers brought in 6'5" forward Marqus Blakely for a workout last week and are considering signing him, a source told Emiliano Carchia of Sportando. Blakely was in camp with the Clippers in 2010 and the Rockets last year, but has yet to make his official NBA debut. He split time last season between a pair of D-League teams as well as a club in the Philippines.
The undrafted University of Vermont product averaged 15.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and put up a PER of 19.3 over a combined 35 games with the D-League's Iowa Energy and Sioux Falls Skyforce last season. With B-Meg Llamados in the Philippines, he averaged 24.7 PPG and 13.2 RPG in 13 games.
If he signs with the Clippers, it would likely be a non-guaranteed, minimum-salary deal, but he would figure to stand a decent chance at making the roster, since the team only has 13 fully guaranteed contracts for 2012/13.