Pacific Notes: Clippers, Baynes, Rondo, Oubre

The Clippers have a ton of potential on the defensive end this season, something that could propel the team deep into the campaign, Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times writes.

As written by Greif, the Clippers quickly became a “scary” team over the NBA’s first week, defeating the Lakers 112-102 and Warriors 141-122 without the likes of Paul George. The team has tremendous talent on both sides of the ball outside of George, including Kawhi Leonard, Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, Patrick Beverley and others.

“We’re scary defensively,” Beverley said. “Very, very, very scary. … We just grind people down, grind people down. We come in waves.”

Los Angeles wound up losing in Phoenix on Saturday, but the team has yet to reach its full potential. With several newcomers getting acclimated and their second-best player still on the shelves, the Clippers are favored by many to eventually become the best team in the Western Conference.

One scenario that’s largely stayed off the radar for fans, however, is the possibility of adding Andre Iguodala from Memphis. League observers have privately wondered whether the Clippers could eventually swoop in to acquire Iguodala by trade or signing (should he get bought out), which would undeniably make them even more elite defensively.

There’s more from the Pacific Division tonight:

  • New Suns center Aron Baynes impressed in his first start with the team, filling in for the suspended Deandre Ayton against the Clippers on Saturday, Duane Rankin of the Arizona Republic writes. Baynes finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in 22 minutes of action, helping Phoenix win an important game at home.
  • Lakers guard Rajon Rondo underwent a precautionary MRI that revealed a mild strain of his right calf, according to Mike Trudell of Lakers.com (Twitter link). He’ll miss the team’s game against Charlotte on Sunday and be listed as day-to-day.
  • Suns forward Kelly Oubre Jr. was fined $10K by the NBA this weekend for directing inappropriate language toward a game official, the league announced in a press release. The incident occurred after the Suns lost 108-107 to Denver in overtime Friday.
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13 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Clippers, Baynes, Rondo, Oubre

  1. johnstodder

    Yes to Clippers signing Iggy if he’s bought out. The rumor is the Lakers have the inside track, but the Lakers are always starting rumors like that.

    No to an Iggy trade. We don’t have any more draft picks. And I’m not okay with giving up Harkless or Green.

  2. imindless
    imindless

    No mention of clips losing to suns lmao. They are pretenders just wait till playoff p comes out to play.

      • amk3510

        The ultima pretenders are the Rockets. Only took 1 game for Harden and Westbrook to get under each others skin. Giving up well over 100 points and barley beating New Orleans at home. More of the same in Houston.

    • xdrta

      No mention except where it said, “Los Angeles wound up losing in Phoenix on Saturday” in the article.

  3. x%sure

    Iguodala would probably be an inside player on the Clips, right where their supposed shortage is.

    Can the Clips “beginners luck” themselves right into the finals before a dysfunction ever has a chance to develop?

  4. Tazza

    Personally I’d like it if the Clippers swapped Zubac for Baynes and then also got Iggy.

    I’d start Beverly PG Leonard Green and Baynes.
    Off the bench you have Shamet Williams Iggy Patterson and Harrell.
    If you don’t get Iggy then you have McGruder and Harkless. You also have Jerome Robinson, Kabengele, Walton Jr and Mann.

    Side note: Giving up Zubac for Baynes maybe a worry giving up a long contract for a expiring deal but with Harkless expiring and Baynes you could turn that money into a free agent centre. With the likes of Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka, Hassan Whiteside, Mason Plumblee, Derrick Favours and evening Kelly Olynyk all available. Gasol and Ibaka have both played with Leonard

  5. Tazza

    Personally I’d like it if the Clippers swapped Zubac for Baynes and then also got Iggy.

    I’d start Beverly PG Leonard Green and Baynes.
    Off the bench you have Shamet Williams Iggy Patterson and Harrell.
    If you don’t get Iggy then you have McGruder and Harkless. You also have Jerome Robinson, Kabengele, Walton Jr and Mann.

    Side note: Giving up Zubac for Baynes maybe a worry giving up a long contract for a expiring deal but with Harkless expiring and Baynes you could turn that money into a free agent centre. With the likes of Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka, Hassan Whiteside, Mason Plumblee, Derrick Favours,

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