The Clippers are in championship or bust mode this season, coach and executive Doc Rivers conceded, and the team may need to add Carmelo Anthony to have a better shot at topping the Warriors in the playoffs, Dan Woike of The Orange County Register writes. At this point, the Clippers must be debating the urgency for a roster overhaul, Woike adds, considering this group still has yet to make an appearance in the conference finals. One name that continues to pop up in trade talks, especially with the Knicks in regard to Anthony, is Austin Rivers, who said he hasn’t spoken to anyone in the Clippers front office or with his agent, Andy Miller, about the possibility of being traded, Woike relays.
Here’s more on the Clippers:
- Doc Rivers said he would trade his son, if that was the best thing for the team, and if the Clippers want to trade with the Knicks, that may be the only way a deal gets done, Marc Berman of the New York Post writes. The Knicks met with Austin Rivers over the summer, but were outbid, Berman notes, so New York has had interest in the guard. The Knicks would need a third team to work out a deal involving Jamal Crawford or J.J. Redick because of their contracts, while league rules prevent Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose from being on the same team, Berman adds.
- The same reasons why Marreese Speights was a good fit for the Warriors, which included having a veteran presence on the court and fun spirit off it, are making him a good addition for the Clippers, Rowan Kavner of NBA.com writes. Speights signed a one-year deal with the Clippers in July.