As the Clippers prepare to make a final push for the playoffs, the team is expecting forwards Wilson Chandler (right quad strain) and Luc Mbah a Moute (sore left knee) to make their returns soon, according to Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times.
Both players are likely to practice in the near future, coach Doc Rivers said, with their eventual returns adding to an already deep Los Angeles team. Rivers did not give a specific timeline for either player.
“Being an eighth seed or seventh seed or sixth seed is not our goal in the long run,” Rivers said earlier this month, according to Greif. “We want to be champions.”
Several players have been linked to the Clippers in recent months, including the recently traded Kristaps Porzingis. Porzingis added the Clippers to a handful of preferred trade destinations before being moved out of New York, Marc Stein of The New York Times reported.
The team could pursue the likes of Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and DeMarcus Cousins in free agency this summer, preaching a well-rounded, competitive roster that currently owns the eighth best record in the West at 32-27.
- The Lakers need to do their best to pair LeBron James with a superstar free agent talent this summer, Tim Bontemps of ESPN writes. Players such as Durant, Leonard, Kyrie Irving and Klay Thompson will reach free agency on July 1, while Pelicans star Anthony Davis is expected to become available via trade.
- The decision to trade DeMarcus Cousins back in 2017 has worked out perfectly for the Kings, Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee writes. Sacramento has one of the brightest young cores in the NBA behind De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Marvin Bagley lll and others, seamlessly transitioning to a new era despite trading their cornerstone piece.
- The Lakers have several different free-agent talents to choose from in the coming weeks with their open roster spot, Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report writes. Los Angeles has been linked to Carmelo Anthony, who last played on November 8, ever since LeBron James publicly approved of the idea to add him. “I think it would be great to have Carmelo Anthony be on the Lakers,” James told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols in December. “I believe Melo can still play the game.”